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Talks: Mckenzie Wark, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen & Suhail Malik

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Talks: Mckenzie Wark, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen & Suhail Malik
Tid: fredagen den 7 september, 17.00-21.00
Plats: Projektrummet, Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, 2tr, Stockholm
Språk: Engelska
Bildkonstnärerna Henning Lundkvist (Iaspis ateljéstipendiat april-september 2012), Ei Ei Kyaw och Iaspis välkomnar er till en kväll med samtal och föredrag av teoretikerna McKenzie Wark, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen och Suhail Malik. Under kvällen serveras soppa.

5 pm Introduction by Lisa Rosendahl, Iaspis director, Henning Lundkvist and Ei Ei Kyaw
5.15 pm McKenzie Wark, Low Theory
The 80s was the era of High Theory. Perhaps now that the disappointing century to which that decade belonged is well over we can get down to crafting a low theory. High theory was in the end a disappointment. It was a retreat to the apparent high ground of philosophy, literature, fine art and pure science, or even better – mathematics. None of these domains is refuge any more, let alone a consolation. The era of climate change calls for a far more practical, engaged, everyday and yet no less conceptual approach, a "ruthless criticism of all that exists" and a nuts and bolts redesign of everyday life on all its scales. The tools and communicative forms now exist to bypass the institutional forms of High Theory and start over with new peer to peer networks, which nevertheless tap into deep veins of everyday practice, in the arts and elsewhere.
15 min break (refreshments)
6.15 pm Mikkel Bolt, The Beginning of an Epoch: The Crises; the Upheavals and the Revolution + the Return of the Avant-garde.
The global economy is collapsing and it seems as if we are heading towards a finale of the present financial regime. Whether it is really a “terminal crisis” in Giovanni Arrighi’s sense, the end of a cycle of accumulation, remains to be seen but the accelerated pace of the crisis from the mortgage-default rate tilted sharply upward in 2006 to the financial crash in 2008 and onwards does inevitably point in that direction. With the revolts in Northern Africa and the Middle East, a breath of fresh air is blowing across the world constituting a genuine revolutionary counter-paradigm to the current neo-liberal ruling order and its global austerity measures. The time is up and an exit from capitalist money economy is again on the agenda in Athens, Madrid, Oakland, etc. With the second coming of a revolutionary perspective, the possibility of an avant-garde transcending art and politics is breaking through.
30 min break (soup and bread)
7:30 pm Suhail Malik, Is Contemporary Art´s paradigm of escape inescapable? 
Contemporary art has critical traction insofar as it proposes alternatives to homogenizing, normative conventions; as a method or mechanism of escape from standardizations and conventions (codified variously as smuggling, deterritorialisation, in-betweenness, indeterminacy, rupture, unpredictability, etc). This imperative is intensified when contemporary art is itself seen to establish such norms and the effort is then made to escape it for a yet more valid kind of art. But as a re-iteration of the logic of escape, these efforts also perpetuate and entrench the very limitations of art they seek to overcome. Maintaining that contemporary art does indeed fall short of even its own ambitions, this talk proposes that the now compelling case for an exit from contemporary art is met instead by the revocation of its paradigm of escape. But what is an exit without escape? What would such art be, what would it do?
8:15 pm Discussion, refreshments.

För mer information kontakta Iaspis projektsamordnare Jonatan Habib Engqvist, jhe@iaspis.se

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Suhail Malik is a writer and holds a Readership in Critical Studies at Goldsmiths, London, where he is Programme Co-Director of the MFA Fine Art. For 2012-13, Malik is Visiting Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York.


Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen is an art historian and writer and holds an Associate Professorship in cultural studies at the University of Copenhagen. He has written books and articles on the avant-garde, contemporary political philosophy, modern art and the revolutionary tradition. Recent publications include


McKenzie Wark teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City, He is the author of Telesthesia (2012), The Beach Beneath the Street (2011), Gamer Theory (2007), A Hacker Manifesto (2004) and various other things.


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