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De la Flâneuse à la Glaneuse - Engagements with others’ waste

09 December - 11 December
Organized by: Albert Brenchat
Venue: , Institute of Advanced Studies
South Wing, Wilkins Building
University College London, Gower Street

Agnès Varda’s film Les glaneurs et la glaneuse raised consciousness and stirred consciences. Varda established a direct connection between urban and countryside waste, changing its meaning, questioning the politics of consumption and the act of picking up – of stooping down to the ground. Gleaning is an act imbued with class, property and environmental concerns. To pick up that which has been discarded raises multiple questions about who buys and discards and who picks up and why. Varda also twisted the concept from feminist thought, finding in the act of gleaning an extraordinary act of care for matter, for others and for the environment. If the perspective of the flâneuse/flâneur is driven by observation and curiosity, the gleaner is attracted to an object by necessity and/or a sense of responsibility and care. This panel will present different acts of gleaning, their politics and aesthetics, and will explain the controversies of flânerie in current times.


Les glaneurs et la Glaneuse (2000) by Agnès Varda will be screened on Dec 9, 6-7.30pm. 


Les glaneurs et la glaneuse... deux ans après (2002) by Agnès Varda will be screened on Dec 10, 4-5pm


The panel discussion De la Flâneuse à la Glaneuse - Engagements with others’ waste will take place on Dec 10, 5-7pm with Lucy Bell (Literature and Languages, Surrey), Tim Cresswell (Geography, Edinburgh), Carina Millstone (Feedback Foundation), Jane Rendell (Bartlett, UCL) and Rose Marie San Juan (History of Art, UCL). Chaired by Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths)


The book launch of Maxwell Street - Writing and Thinking Place will take place on Dec 11, 6-8pm with Tim Cresswell (Geography, Edinburgh), Hayley Newman and Sharon Morris (Slade, UCL), Tariq Jazeel (Geography, UCL) and Sabina Andron (Bartlett, UCL). Chaired by Albert Brenchat (IAS, UCL, Birkbeck Scool of Arts and AA)