Writing Not Yet Thought
Hélène Cixous in conversation with Adrian Heathfield, Paris, September 2010.
In this exchange the acclaimed and prolific author Hélène Cixous discusses the practice of writing – considering fiction, theatre, the essay and poetry – alongside its relation to painting, music and philosophy. As the dialogue with Adrian Heathfield evolves, writing emerges as a site and instrument for encounters with other voices and otherness, mortality and mystery, the infinite and the ‘not yet thought’.
Recorded in Cixous’ home in Paris, the conversation is punctuated by various interruptions and affinities (animal and familial) that are taken into the movement of her thought. Cixous’ discourse flies between subjects as diverse as the song of the poetic, the temporality of invention, the re-thinking of the tragic, and the word becoming flesh and air in theatre.
Hélène Cixous is an eminent French thinker, writer, educator and theatre maker. Her experiments in writing, including the development of ‘l’écriture feminine’ for which she is renowned, have had a wide-ranging influence on the fields of feminism, cultural theory, philosophy, literary criticism and theatre practice. She is Professor Emerita of Literature and Women’s Studies at the Université Paris 8 and Andrew D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University, New York.
Adrian Heathfield is a writer and curator. His books include Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History, Out of Now: The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh and Live: Art and Performance. He is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton, London.
Hugo Glendinning is an internationally renowned photographer whose work spans collaborations with visual artists on photographic and video works, theatre, dance and performance documentation, and portraits of prominent figures.
Direction, Camera and Editing: Hugo Glendinning
Duration: 57 Minutes
Writing Not Yet Thought is part of the Crossovers series, which includes filmed dialogues with leading intellectuals whose work has significant impact upon the understanding of contemporary culture and performance. Crossovers is curated by Performance Matters: a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Roehampton, and the Live Art Development Agency, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. thisisperformancematters.co.uk