Scene And Obscene
Spring Semester 2002

Baudrillard defined the 'obscene' as 'loss of scene'. Scene, another example of Baudrillardesque idiomatics, is 'the very possibilityof creating a space where things transform themselves, to play in another way, and not at all in their objective determination'. The scene, one is invited to conclude, is a space of freedom from convention and a space one can take a distance from in order to put oneself outside the realm of rules and determinations rather than be overwhelmed, swept over, incapacitated, or drowned. With the eruption of obscenity, 'the possibility of inventing an enchanted space ... and the possibility of playing on that distance are lost'. Obscenity means 'total promiscuity of things', a dense crowd inside which nothing can be seen at a distance, examined and contemplated: no space to breathe freely and take a longer breath, pause and ponder, see what is what and what one could do to make it into something else (Zygmunt Baumann, 2000)

  7 March

 Reframing Fantasy:  September 11 and the Global Audience

 The (Ob)Scene Spaces/Pleasures of Early Cinema: The 
 Asta Neilsen Performance in The Abyss

 Dr Kathy Smith 
 University of  
 North London

 DrJanet McCabe  
 University of 
 North London

 18 April

 Wholly Communion: Peter Whitehead and the Metafictional
 Worlds of 60s  Counterculture

 Dr Catrina Hey
 University of

2 May

Insolent Obscenity: The Outsider's Obscene Vision. 'Trampdom gives your audience a   status...the artist's overview. We tramps, we watch you all - and listen too. Rude perhaps but we've got bugger all else to do'. (Ripley Bogle, Robert McLiam Wilson, 1998)

 DrJames Peries 
  Theatre Royal, 
 Stratford East
 6 June 

 No Space? The Mystery Cycles in C21st

 Clare Hodgson 
 University of 
 North London   

Seminars will take place at the University of North London, Holloway Road N7
For further details, contact Kathy Smith