Skip to content


Art & Art History

Voices: Erin Manning

Monday, April 18, 2016
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.

view times

A weather pattern: the smell of red.
A minor gesture: the force of form that makes a work work.
How do weather patterns qualitatively alter the field of experience?
What are the minor gestures of weather patterns in the making?
Proposition: Minor gestures trouble institutional frameworks in the same way they
trouble existing forms of value. This is their potential: they open the artistic
process beyond the matter-form of its object, beyond the prestige value that
comes with all of the artistic conclusions that surround us. The minor gesture is
the felt experience of potential, the force that makes felt how a process is never
about an individual, but about the ecology it calls forth.

Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. In her art practice she works between painting, dance, fabric and sculpture. Current iterations of her artwork explore emergent collectivities through participatory textiles. Her project Stitching Time was presented at the 2012 Sydney Biennale and The Knots of Time opened the new Flax Museum in Kortrijk, Belgium in 2014. Her writing addresses movement, art, experience and the political through the prism of process philosophy, with recent work developing a notion of autistic perception and the more-than human.