KARL LARSSON
TWELVE HOURS
REPEATED IN DIALOGUE WITH POST BROTHERS
'THE COURSE IS THEATRICALIZED'


Opening Friday, 27 June 2014, 6pm
Reading and introduction by Karl Larsson and Post Brothers at 8pm
28 June – 9 August 2014

 

When Foucault enters the amphitheater, brisk and dynamic like someone who plunges into the water, he steps over bodies to reach his chair, pushes away the cassette recorders so he can put down his papers, removes his jacket, lights a lamp and sets off at full speed. His voice is strong and effective, amplified by loudspeakers that are the only concession to modernism in a hall that is barely lit by light spread from stucco bowls. The hall has three hundred places and there are five hundred people packed together, filling the smallest free space ... There is no oratorical effect. It is clear and terribly effective. There is absolutely no concession to improvisation. Foucault has twelve hours each year to explain in a public course the direction taken by his research in the year just ended. So everything is concentrated and he fills the margins like correspondents who have too much to say for the space available to them. At 19.15 Foucault stops. The students rush towards his desk; not to speak to him, but to stop their cassette recorders. There are no questions. In the pushing and shoving Foucault is alone. Foucault remarks: "It should be possible to discuss what I have put forward. Sometimes, when it has not been a good lecture, it would need very little, just one question, to put everything straight.


Gérard Petitjean quoted in the foreword of
Security, Territory, Population
Lectures at the collège de France 1977-78

by Michel Foucault