Brian Charles Patterson is a multi-media artist from Salt Lake City, UT. His works inspiration comes from his background of painting and film. Concepts of his works include abstractions of the dream state and transience. He received a HBF from the University of Utah in sculpture and intermedia studies.
Join us as we host KUED for the premiere of the documentary Finding Home, which follows the narratives of refugees who have resettled in Utah. More information TBA.
The Illusion of Freedom: Literature and the Invention of the Psychological Police State
Nathan Gorelick, Assistant Professor, Department of English Literature, UVU
Michel Foucault’s theory of panopticism holds that the most repressive police force in modern mass society is the one in our own heads. Gorelick shows that the widespread tendency to surveil, discipline, and punish ourselves is a relatively recent phenomenon, one that developed out of the literature of the Enlightenment — a historical period whose very name emphasizes the relation between knowledge, visibility, and power. This lecture will explore how eighteenth-century poetry, novels, and drama imagined the concept of “bad conscience,” providing a model of individual freedom which does not resist but actually facilitates contemporary ideologies of order, obedience, and social conformity. In essence, Gorelick argues, Enlightenment literature laid the groundwork for the present-day panopticon of the mind
On Saturday, June 6th, prepare to unleash the rabble-rouser within for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2015 annual gala: Vicious. This is UMOCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, so join us for delectable eats, dancing, silent, silent art, and live auctions. You bring the ruckus! Tickets are available February 1st.
Brazil - A film by Terry Gilliam
Brazil centers on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job and living a life in a small apartment. The film is set in a consumer-driven dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil‘s bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of the government depicted in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, except that it has a buffoonish, slapstick quality and lacks a Big Brother figure.
This film is presented as an installation of Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will guard the guardians?), the 4-part lecture and film series presented in conjunction with Panopticon.