Fernand Deligny. Permit, Draw, See
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.
November 13 and 14
From 6 to 9 pm
Sandra Alvarez de Toledo: 'A Book, A Work'
Launch of Fernand Deligny's book Fernand Deligny. Permit, Draw, See published by MACBA
Session moderated by Enric Berenguer
Michel Chauvière: 'The Child's Cycle of Interest and the Ideologies of Childhood. Thoughts on Fernand Deligny's Contribution'
Jean-Michel Chaumont: 'The Work of Fernand Deligny: Personal Summary'
From 11 am to 2 pm
Screening of the film Le Moindre Geste, Fernand Deligny, Josée Manenti and Jean-Pierre Daniel (1962–71, 100')
Presented by Jean-Claude Polack and moderated by José García Ibáñez
From 4 to 6 pm
Session moderated by Jean-François Chevrier.
Jean-Philippe Antoine: 'Beuys, Deligny and Drawing: a "Conversation Between Things"'
Marianne Dautrey: 'From the Network Les Cévennes: a Work to Make Intention Disappear'
From 7 to 9 pm
Session moderated by Enric Berenguer. Speakers:
Hervé Joubert-Laurencin: 'Camaralise, Cut Out and De-paralyse, or the Cinema as an Act of Contingency'
Jean-François Chevrier: 'Line and Image. Artaud and Deligny'
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