Running alongside José Damasceno's Plot, a series of talks and performances were programmed inside of the Holborn Library to further expand the notions of reality and fiction explored by the project. Topics ranged from the connection between Plato and Father Dougal (from TV's Father Ted), dancing in a library, to an architectural response to the literary subjects posed by Plot.
John Ó Maoilearca, Paraconsistent Perception
Professor of philosophy and film theory, John Ó Maoilearca talks about the connections between Plato and Father Dougal from TV series Father Ted, and the relationship between horror and comedy in the context of Plot. Recorded at 18:30, 10 November 2014, Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London, WCIA 2TH
John Ó Maoilearca is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Kingston University, London. He has also taught philosophy and film theory at the University of Sunderland, England and the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has published ten books, including (as author) Bergson and Philosophy (2000), Post-Continental Philosophy: An Outline (2006), Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality (2010), and (as editor) Laruelle and Non-Philosophy (2012) and The Bloomsbury Companion to Continental Philosophy (2013). He is currently completing a book entitled, All Thoughts Are Equal: Laruelle and Nonhuman Thought. In 2014 his name reverted from the English "Mullarkey" to the original Irish, "Ó Maoilearca", which ultimately translates as "follower of the animal".
Image: The installation in a room above the main library, part of Plot (2014). Photograph: William Eckersley
José Damasceno in conversation with Professor Dawn Ades
Recorded at: 18:30, 6 October 2014, Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH.
Dawn Ades is Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy. She has been responsible for some of the most significant exhibitions over the last thirty years, from the groundbreaking Dada and Surrealism Reviewed at the Hayward Gallery in 1978 to the critical success of Hannah Höch at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2014. She was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her services to art history.
Image: An annotated archival image, part of Plot (2014). Original photograph courtesy of Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre
David Kohn, Plotting Spaces
Taking into account Jose Damasceno's training in architecture, architect David Kohn responds to Plot. Recorded at 18:30, 27 October 2014, Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH
David Kohn is an architect whose London-based practice has earned RIBA, World Interior of the Year, and D&AD awards, among others. David Kohn Architects have substantial experience in designing spaces for artists to show work, including Damasceno's representative gallery in London: Thomas Dane Gallery in Mayfair. Kohn studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and at Columbia University, New York. He has been a diploma tutor at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design since 2003 and is currently a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven. David established DKA in 2007 and was made ‘Young Architect of the Year’ in 2009.
Image: On the ceiling of the main hall a set of characters based on the figures designed by Letraset for architects’ plans, part of Plot (2014). Photograph: Will Eckersley