Fernand Deligny. Permit, Draw, See
Activity

Fernand Deligny. Permit, Draw, See

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Film series

MACBA seeks to make the work of Fernand Deligny (1913-1996) better known to the general Spanish public by publishing a selection of his texts, entitled Fernand Deligny. Permit, Draw, See and organising a seminar and film season devoted to his life and work. The seminar will trace the chronological stages in Deligny's journey from the psychiatric hospital in Armentières (northern France), where he worked as an educator during World War Two, to Monoblet in the Protestant region of Les Cévennes (south of France), where, in 1969, he established a network to care for autistic children. From psychiatric hospital to network, the challenges are the same: a critique on the 'ideologies of childhood; creation of an alternative environment to the institution, designed not for but according to the specific nature of individuals resistant to dependence; the application, in formalised (not to say artistic) practices, of an anthropological approach to space and the 'human' external to language. In both his writing and his films, Deligny seeks a language that reflects the autistic 'way of being' with neither intention nor plans. The search for an image 'that is not taken', analogous to its original, common outline, is the last stage in a reflection that is both poetic and political. Deligny's rejection of 'specialities', the fact that he resorted to practical knowledge rather than compartmentalised disciplines, finds an echo in a multi-disciplinary seminar bringing together researchers, sociologists, philosophers, psychoanalysts, translators, artists, film historians and art historians. We should also note that film is an integral part of Deligny's work as an experimental practice and not—as is the case with modern pedagogy—as an educational or cultural programme.

Programme by Sandra Alvarez de Toledo

Film series

MACBA seeks to make the work of Fernand Deligny (1913-1996) better known to the general Spanish public by publishing a selection of his texts, entitled Fernand Deligny. Permit, Draw, See and organising a seminar and film season devoted to his life and work. The seminar will trace the chronological stages in Deligny’s journey from the psychiatric hospital in Armentières (northern France), where he worked as an educator during World War Two, to Monoblet in the Protestant region of Les Cévennes (south of France), where, in 1969, he established a network to care for autistic children. From psychiatric hospital to network, the challenges are the same: a critique on the ‘ideologies of childhood; creation of an alternative environment to the institution, designed not for but according to the specific nature of individuals resistant to dependence; the application, in formalised (not to say artistic) practices, of an anthropological approach to space and the ‘human’ external to language. In both his writing and his films, Deligny seeks a language that reflects the autistic ‘way of being’ with neither intention nor plans. The search for an image ‘that is not taken’, analogous to its original, common outline, is the last stage in a reflection that is both poetic and political. Deligny’s rejection of ‘specialities’, the fact that he resorted to practical knowledge rather than compartmentalised disciplines, finds an echo in a multi-disciplinary seminar bringing together researchers, sociologists, philosophers, psychoanalysts, translators, artists, film historians and art historians. We should also note that film is an integral part of Deligny’s work as an experimental practice and not—as is the case with modern pedagogy—as an educational or cultural programme.

Programme by Sandra Alvarez de Toledo

dates
4 November 2009 – 8 December 2009
price
MACBA Auditorium. Film season: 2 euros per session. MACBA friends: free admission. Places limited
title
Fernand Deligny. Permit, Draw, See
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