BY INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, NEW DELHI
OCTOBER 29, 2021
KEYNOTE LECTURE BY PROF WJT MITCHELL
A keynote lecture titled ‘Thread, yarn and fabric: Shelly jyoti and the Iconology of time’ by Prof. W.J.T Mitchell. Mitchell is a Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. He works particularly on the history and theories of media, visual art, and literature, from the eighteenth century to the present. Teaching at University of Chicago since 1977. He is also the editor of Critical Inquiry, and contributes to the journal October.
An excerpt of the keynote lecture by Prof. WJT Mitchell for the opening of Indian artist Shelly Jyoti’s new exhibition ‘Epoch 2020′. Prof Mitchell says, “This is a hemispheric meeting of the minds around the question of time’. Jyoti’s work brings into the present moment in the history of our species, the centuries old sense of time embedded in the image of the thread, the key transition between the fibers and the fabric spinning and weaving. Her practice and productions are Gandhian in spirit, but thoroughly engaged with the present moment.This has led Shelly Jyoti to engage directly with some of my recent writing about this topic of the epoch and temporality, my attempts to map out the present moment of our time, what we are calling the epoch and the epoche of 2020, which lingers on to this very October 29th, 2021′
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