iSchool Colloquia Series: Shooting Theory – An Accident of Fast Feminism

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Join us as we move into the fourth installment of the Colloquia Series with guest speaker Shannon Bell, Performance Artist and Associate Professor of Political Science, at York University, who will discuss "Shooting Theory – An Accident of Fast Feminism." All talks are free and open to the public.


The talk will revisit Fast Feminism as a site of Virilian techno-speed, setting out a fast feminist enactment of what Paul Virilio deems the accident of art—the shift from representation to presentation. Fast Feminist art brut includes phallic-bioart performance and installation along with some avatar seduction.

Fast Feminism, a feminism of affect—of intensity and influence—has taken me to shooting theory—theory-in-action. In a sense the illegitimate offspring of Fast Feminism is the evacuation of the body to philosophical/theoretical images.

Shooting Theory brings digital video technology and print textual theory together through imaging philosophical/theoretical concepts. The idea is to transpose Martin Heidegger’s claim regarding technology, ‘that you can’t think technology technologically,’ to the praxis of political thought. The overarching argument is that you can’t think political theory simply within language. Heidegger contended that the place from which to think technology is art. I contend that the sites in which to think, produce and enliven written theoretical textual concepts are visual images and sound-scapes that can be brought forth by digital video technology. 

Shooting Theory, an on-going project since 2007, combines the technic of digital videography with the skills of philosophical thinking, allowing this artistic endeavor to bring forth a materiality of the concept.  I will present seven theory/film texts from the shooting theory series.


Shannon Bell is a Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada Bell is a performance philosopher who lives and writes philosophy-in-action. Her books include: Fast Feminism (2010), Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body (1994); Whore Carnival (1995); Bad Attitude/s on Trial co-authored (1997); Subversive Itinerary: The Thought of Gad Horowitz, co-edited (2013) and New Socialisms co-edited (2004). Bell is currently working on shooting theory––video-imagining philosophical concept such as Heidegger’s stillness, Husserl’s epoché, Batiallian waste, Weil’s attention, Deleuzian deterritorialization, Virilio’s vision machine and accident and Levinas’ elemental.

Co-Sponsors: Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Centre for the Study of the United States, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Dept. of Visual Studies, Inst. for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Social Science and humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Women and Gender Studies Inst.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 -
16:00 to 18:00
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