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PEN World Voices


Saturday, April 30, 2016
5:00 PM–6:30 PM
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In collaboration with the PEN World Voices Festival, László Földényi, Sophie Calle, and Wayne Koestenbaum will explore the role melancholy plays in a well-examined life. Földényi, the author of the book Melancholy, will look at the melancholic disposition as a source of energy and creativity. Calle, the French writer, photographer, and installation and conceptual artist, will address melancholy through the lenses of vulnerability, identity, and intimacy. Koestenbaum, an American artist, musician, poet, and cultural critic, will delve into the creative power of melancholy as a tool for self-reflection and insight. A neuropsychological perspective will be provided Dr. Gayatri Devi.

The program will be followed by a book signing with Földényi.

About the Speakers

László F. Földényi is an author, translator, critic, and art theorist. A prize-winning author of some twenty books, his works have been translated into fifteen languages. He is chair of the theory of art department at the University of Theatre, Film, and Television, Budapest.

Sophie Calle is a French writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist. Calle’s work frequently depicts human vulnerability and examines identity and intimacy. She is recognized for her detective-like ability to follow strangers and investigate their private lives. Her work frequently evokes the French literary movement of the 1960s known as Oulipo.

Wayne Koestenbaum is a visual and performance artist and a writer of over seventeen books dedicated to art criticism, fiction, and poetry. He has given piano performances at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art and has written the libretti for two operas. The University of Kentucky Art Museum hosted a survey of his paintings in the fall of 2015.

Gayatri Devi, MD, is a neurologist and the Director of the New York Memory Services. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University School of Medicine. She is board certified in neurology as well as in pain medicine, psychiatry, and behavioral neurology. In her practice she specializes in the early diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders related to aging and menopause.

Presented in association with PEN World Voices Festival.

Brainwave is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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