Program 2015

The first SAAS-FEE Summer Institute of Art
Art and the Politics of Estrangement June 5-23, 2015

Art and the Politics of Estrangement, this year’s Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, engages a range of contemporary discourses to renegotiate a seminal idea formulated in high modernism, ostraniene or estrangement: the process or act of endowing an object or image with strangeness by removing it from the network of conventional formulaic, stereotypical perceptions and linguistic expressions. Times have changed since the term’s coinage, and so has the surrounding discursive environment. What are the implications for artistic ostraniene today? For instance, in the networked environment of “super signifiers” and branded associations, can we still contravene in the stereotypical perceptions they engender ? If so, would that be a form of emancipation in which artistic production can play a role, or is it trapped in the new spirit of capitalism and its cycles of recuperation? The Summer Institute uses the term estrangement as a foundation on which to collage a multiplicity of contemporary metaphysical and epistemological practices and terminologies: the Anthropocene, Speculative Poetics, Cognitive Capitalism, Accelerations–can any of them help find an answer to the question of estrangement? For art students and recent graduates seeking a deeper theoretical understanding of their practice, or for those in the fields of critical theory, philosophy, politics, neuroscience, and media and literary theory who aspire to challenge their presuppositions, this course will provide a theoretical bridge to these important emerging discourses.


June 4th
8pm Welcoming Drinks
Metro Bar in Saas Fee Village

June 5th
10am Orientation
4-7pm Warren Neidich Introduction- “Estrangement in Cognitive Capitalism”

June 6th
10am-1pm Gerald Raunig
4-7pm Gerald Raunig
8:30pm Gerald Raunig

June 7th
10am-1pm Gerald Raunig
4-7pm Ben Vickers
8:30pm Neil Leach

June 8th
10am-1pm Ben Vickers
4-7pm Ben Vickers
8:30pm Philip Beesley

June 9th
10am-1pm Armen Avanessian
4-7pm Armen Avanessian
8:30pm John Frazer

June 10th
10am-1pm Armen Avanessia
4-7pm Barry Schwabsky
8:30pm Discussion with Barry Schwabsky & Quinn Latimer

June 11th
10am-1pm John Rajchman
8:30pm Neil Leach & John Rajchman

June 12th
10am-1pm John Rajchman
3-5pm Student Work Share
5-7pm Anke Hennig workshop
8:30pm Anke Hennig

June 13th
10am-1pm Suzana Milevska
4-7pm Suzana Milevska
8:30pm Sanford Kwinter

June 14th
10am-1pm Suzana Milevska
8:30pm Patrik Schumacher

June 15th
10am-1pm Dorothee Richter
4-7pm Dorothee Richter
8:30pm Warren Neidich

June 16th
10am-1pm Dorothee Richter
4-7pm Exhibition Discussion
8:30pm Mark Burry

June 17th
10am-1pm Charles Gaines
4-7pm Charles Gaines
8:30pm Achim Menges

June 18th
10am-1pm Charles Gaines
4-7pm Exhibition Discussion
8:30pm Benjamin Bratton

June 19th
4-7pm Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi
8:30pm Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

June 20th
10am-1pm Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi
4-7pm Hito Steyerl
8:30pm Hito Steyerl in conversation with Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

June 21st
10am-1pm Hito Steyerl
4-7pm Mathieu Copeland
Eric Golo Stone, LA><ART
Gale Elston, Art Lawyer- “Fair Use, Luc Tuymans, and Territoriality”
8:30pm Keller Easterling

June 22nd
10am-1pm Anselm Franke
4-7 pm Anselm Franke
8:30pm Casey Reas

June 23rd
2-3pm Barry Schwabsky
4pm Exhibition Opening