Normalizing Mechanisms

Seminar by Alex Villar
Art Law Program, Fordham Law School
February 5, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm

This seminar was conceived for the interdisciplinary context of the Art Law Program. For its first segment, the group reads a text that traverses multiple fields: Truth and Juridical Forms, by Michel Foucault. The text combines five lectures delivered in Brazil in 1974, a year before the publication in France of his book Discipline and Punish, of which it constitutes an earlier draft. At stake in the text is the historical invention of normalizing mechanisms and their role in Foucault’s conceptualization of power/knowledge. The reading is followed by a discussion over the implication of these ideas for those practices that operates in the interstitial space between art and law.

For the second segment, there is a presentation of a selection of Alex Villar’s work informed by the theoretical ideas just discussed, with an eye towards the formulation of a counter-practice.

Essay Text Michel Foucault. Truth and Juridical Forms, in The Essential Works of Foucault: 1954-1984, Volume 3: Power (New York: The New Press, 2000) pp.1-89.

Reading Notes Alex Villar. Normalizing Mechanisms: Notes on Foucault’s Truth and Juridical Forms.

Q&A Conversation with Participants

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