SFSIA Los Angeles
May 21 – June 3, 2018
Art and Politics in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism
Venue: Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
The Saas-Fee Institute of Art Los Angeles evening Public Program is free and open to the public at OTIS
Alva Noë, Antonia Majaca, Andrew Culp, Arne De Boever, Barry Schwabsky, Bruce Wexler, Candice Lin, Ed Finn, Eleanor Kaufman, Elena Agudio, Florencia Portocarrero, Graham Harman, Jason Smith, Jennifer Teets, Johanna Drucker, John Welchman, Juli Carson, N. Katherine Hayles, Nima Bassiri, Renee Petropoulos, Reza Negarestani, Sanford Kwinter, Suparna Choudhury, Warren Neidich.
The 2018 rendition of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Art and Politics in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism, will concern the new sites of artistic laboring in the age of Cognitive Capitalism. In Cognitive Capitalism the mind and brain are new factories of the 21st century, the proletariat has been replaced by the cognitariat and immaterial labor has replaced material labor as the dominant form of production. On this occasion, SFSIA will be hosted by Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, with the participation of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) MA Aesthetics and Politics program.
Three topics will form the core interests of the institute: (1) immaterial labor and performance, (2) epigenesis and neural plasticity, (3) artificial intelligence. Immaterial labor is performative labor and concerns the production of knowledge and affect as part of its capacity to produce subjectivity. Today, conceptual art is no longer about the production of immaterial objects but of immaterial labor. It is said, by the likes of Paolo Virno, to “leave no trace” (1).
However, immaterial labor is not so immaterial. Virtuoso performances, for instance, can leave emancipatory vestiges as new neural networks forming the brain’s architecture as short and long-term memories through a process of epigenesis acting upon its neural plasticity. Secondly, this underlines cognitive capitalism’s recent shift –its so-called cognitive or neural turn. This echoes what Gilles Deleuze stated in his Cinema 2: The Time-Image (2) that new circuits in art mean new circuits in the brain as well. SFSIA, 2018 will take this idea one step further by understanding that this neural sculpting, as a result of artistic or cinematic interventions in the cultural milieu, is a product of the coupling of the brain’s inherent synaptic variation with these cultural mutations. In the end this neuromodulation constitutes a form of resistance that has neuropolitical import.
Thirdly, this year’s gathering of the Institute proposes to delineate human cognition as but one form of cognition amongst many. It links it to animal cognition as well as to the realization that objects and the independent reality they shape can be understood as distinct from human consciousness. Deep time appreciates human evolution beyond its anthropocentric timeline and connects it to changes occurring on the planet 100,000 years ago. Finally, the Institute wants to explore the role of algorithms, machine intelligence, bots, fake news, the alt news, memes and false Facebook accounts in directing the attention economy.
Seminars will cover the following key words and topics: the processes of deterritorialization, the psychopathologies of the neuropathic self, the process of externalization, immaterial labor and the performative turn, the attention economy, click bait and meme magic, neural plasticity and epigenesis, neural capitalism and neural technologies, mnemotechnics, the body and brain without organs, accelerationism, the anthropocene and capitalocene, deep time, deep learning, AI, algorithms, pattern learning and artificial neural networks, the statisticon, neural feminism and the digital object, neural aesthetics, neuroarcheology, poetics hacking the brain, science fiction, noise and the possibility of the future.
Warren Neidich, Los Angeles, 2018
(1) Virno, Paolo. A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life. Semiotext(e), MIT Press: Cambridge, MA. 2004
(2) Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema 2: The Time-Image. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, MN. 1989
Alva Noë (www.alvanoe.com) is a writer and philosopher living in Berkeley and New York. He is the author of Action in Perception (MIT 2004), Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness (FSG 2009), Varieties of Presence (Harvard 2012), and, most recently, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (FSG, 2015). He is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Center for New Media and the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has recently been named a 2018 recipient of the Judd/Hume Prize in Advanced Visual Studies. He has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s science and culture blog 13.7 Cosmos and Culture since 2010.
Antonia Majaca is an art historian and curator based in Berlin and Graz. She is the research leader of the forthcoming project ‘The Incomputable’ at the IZK, developed in collaboration with Goldsmiths University in London and the Department of Human and Social Sciences, at the University of Naples, ‘L’Orientale’, funded by the Austrian National Science Fund (FWF).
Currently, she is also one of the curators involved in the long term project ‘Kanon Fragen’ at the HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), initiated by Anselm Franke.
‘Feminist Takes’, her ongoing collaborative investigation considers the relation between the Non-Western avant-garde cinema, psychoanalysis and feminist theory. The publication ‘Feminist Takes – Early Works’ (co-edited with Jelena Vesic and Rachel O’Reilly) is forthcoming with Tranzitdisplay Prague and Sterberg Press.
In the context of Documenta 14 in Athens, and in collaboration with Angela Dimitrakaki and Sanja Ivekovic, Majaca instigated a collective aural intervention ‘Art of The Possible: Towards the International Antifascist Feminist Front’, and co-curated (with Dimitrakaki) the discursive program ‘Women’s Work in Revolt’. Her curated conferences include ‘Knowledge Forms and Forming Knowledge – Limits and Horizons of Transdisciplinary Art-Based Research’ at the Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz and ‘Memorial For(u)ms – Histories of Possibility’ for DAAD and HAU – Hebel am Ufer Theater, Berlin.
Her earlier curatorial work, largely developed in close collaboration with the art historian, theorist and curator Ivana Bago, engaged in discursive, exhibition and publishing projects at the intersection of art history, political and cultural theory and the sphere of contemporary art production. Bago and Majaca jointly developed several long-term research and exhibition projects including ‘Exposures’ – centered around the anti-essentialist notion of community and the Yugoslav wars, and ‘Removed From the Crowd’ – exploring artistic and political practices of historical conceptualism in Socialist Eastern Europe and the Global South.
Majaca contributed to books, exhibition catalogues, artist monographs and art magazines including Documenta 14, E-flux Journal, Nervöse Systeme, Documentary Across Disciplines, Was ist Kunst?, among others. She regularly speaks in art and academic contexts such as El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo – MUAC, Mexico City, Museum of Modern Art NYC, E-flux, Apexart, School of Visual Art NYC, Goldsmiths, Dutch Art Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Nottingham Contemporary, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Hebel am Ufer (HAU), Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, among others.
Majaca studied Art History, Comparative Literature, Art and Politics in Zagreb and London and has been awarded scholarships and research grants from Goldsmiths College, Getty Foundation, Fundacion Cisner, FFAI foundation and others.
Andrew Culp: Bio Forthcoming
Arne De Boever teaches American Studies in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts, where he also directs the MA Aesthetics and Politics program. He is the author of States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel (2012) Narrative Care (2013), and Plastic Sovereignties (2016), and a co-editor of Gilbert Simondon (2012) and The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism (2013). He edits Parrhesia and the Critical Theory/Philosophy section of the Los Angeles Review of Books and is a member of the boundary 2collective. His new book, Finance Fictions, is forthcoming with Fordham University Press.
Barry Schwabsky is the art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. He has published several books of art criticism, including Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice (Sternberg Press, 2013) and The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (Verso, 2016), as well as of poetry—most recently, Trembling Hand Equilibrium (Black Square Editions, 2015). Forthcoming this fall is a new collection of criticism, Heretics of Language (Black Square Editions).
Bruce Wexler is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscientist at Yale University. He was a NIH Career Research Scientist and recently was awarded a “transformative research” award for potentially paradigm changing medical research from the Director of the National Institute of Health. Wexler’s research aims to harness neuroplasticity through computerized brain exercises and physical exercises to treat cognitive deficitsassociated with illnesses. More recently, heand Dr. Jinxia Dong, former nationalgymnast and now Professor of SportsScience at Peking University, developed an integrated program of brain and body exercises to promote cognitive development in children. The program is used in New York City and Connecticut schools. Wexler has published more than 100 scientificpapers. Based on ideas in his book Brain andCulture: Neurobiology, Ideology and Social Change (MIT Press, 2006), he and Ambassador Andrew Young co-founded the non-profit organization A Different Future to reclaim the public idea space from extremists by amplifying the voices of moderates in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As a consultant for the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, Wexler is conducting a U.S. State Department-funded study of how the “other” is portrayed in Israeli and Palestinian school books.
Candice Lin received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2001. Her work engages notions of gender, race and sexuality, drawing from postcolonialism, citizen science, anthropology, feminist and queer theory. Lin has been awarded several residencies, grants and fellowships including the Headlands Center for the Arts (2016), the CCF Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Fine Arts Work Center residency (2012), the Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Börse Residency (2011), Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency (2011), and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). Lin’s work has been recently exhibited at the Modern Museet (Stockholm), New Museum (NY), and was part of “Upon a Shifting Plate”, Sharjah Biennial, SB13 Tamawuj (Beirut). She has had recent solo exhibitions at Bétonsalon (Paris), Gasworks (London) and Commonwealth & Council (LA). She lives and works in LA.
Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he is an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas and the future. Ed’s research and teaching explore digital culture, creative collaboration, and the intersection of the humanities, arts and sciences. He is the author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing (MIT Press, spring 2017) and co-editor several volumes including Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds (MIT Press, spring 2017). He completed his PhD in English and American Literature at Stanford University in 2011 and his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in 2002. Before graduate school, Ed worked as a journalist at Time, Slate, and Popular Science.
Eleanor Kaufman is professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Delirium of Praise: Bataille, Blanchot, Deleuze, Foucault, Klossowski (Johns Hopkins, 2001), Deleuze, the Dark Precursor: Dialectic, Structure, Being_(Johns Hopkins, 2012), and At Odds with Badiou: Politics, Dialectics, and Religion from Sartre and Deleuze to Lacan and Agamben (forthcoming, Columbia University Press); and co-editor of Deleuze and Guattari: New Mappings in Politics, Philosophy, and Culture (Minnesota, 1998).
Elena Agudio is a Berlin-based art historian and curator. Her research is focused on the sharing and exchange of knowledge and skills across disciplines and cultures. She studied Art History at the University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari and in 2010 she received her PhD in Art and Design at the University of Palermo. She is artistic director of the non profit association AoN_a platform for Neuroscience and Art, a project in collaboration with the Medical University of Charité and The School of Mind and Brain of the Humboldt University encouraging both a dialogue and lasting cooperations between contemporary art and the cognitive sciences, for which she has been curating projects at the Deutsche Guggenheim (Berlin) and the Library of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice).
Since 2013 she is artistic co-director of SAVVY Contemporary, a non profit Berlin based art space founded and directed by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, where she is curating and co-curating exhibition projects, discursive programmes and series, among which – currently – Speaking Feminisms dedicated to an exploration of current feminist practices and alliances, That, Around Which The Universe Revolves investigating ryhthmanalysis and the interrelations of space and time, memory, architecture and urban space, How Does The World Breathe Now, a film screening series critically reflecting on our now and the role of art in the society. Together with Bonaventure Ndikung and Marcus Gammel she was curator of SAVVY Funk, a radio programme and exhibition for Documenta 14.
Agudio regularly contributes to art magazines, publications and critical anthologies and she is lecturing both in academic and artistic contexts, among which: HFBK, Hamburg; University of Arts, Helsinki; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Museum Quartier Vienna, Institute for Culture Inquiry – ICI Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt – Berlin, Forum Scientiarum – University of Tübingen, Domus Academy – Milano.
She was curator in residence at CRIS (Curatorial Residency in Stockholm), and in autumn 2017 is Resident Felleow at HIAP in Helsinki.
Currently Agudio is guest professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, for the Semester 2017/2018.
Among the most recent curated exhibitions and projects: Yet Incomputable. Indetermination In The Age Of Hypervisibility And Algorithmic Control (Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg; in collaboration with HFBK), Ivana Franke: Retreat Into Darkness. Towards A Phenomenology Of The Unknown (Schering Stiftung, Berlin), Amos Gitai. The Law Of The Pursuer (Forum Expanded, Berlinale 2017, SAVVY Contemporary), What The Tortoise Murmurs To Achilles (SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin), Feedback Control Mode (HALLE 14, Leipzig), The Ultimate Capital is the Sun. Metabolism in Contemporary Art, Politics, Philosophy and Science (Exhibition, Symposium, Publication), nGbK, Berlin; Giving Contours to Shadows, Berlin (nbk, SAVVY Contemporary, Maxim Gorki Theater, Gemäldegalerie), Marrakech, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos; Embodied Cognition (…) An interdisciplinary dialogue addressing Tino Sehgal’s work, (30th-31st May, 2013), Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s Library, Venice; In Other words – The Black Market of Translations / Negotiating Contemporary Cultures (3 March/15 April 2012), NGBK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin.
Florencia Portocarrero is a researcher, writer, and curator. She obtained her BA in Clinical Psychology at the “Catholic University of Peru”, where she also received her MA in Psychoanalytical Theory. During the 2012/2013 Portocarrero participated in de “De Appel Curatorial Programme” in Amsterdam and in 2015 she completed an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at “Goldsmiths University” in London, where she graduated with honours. Portocarrero regularly collaborates with contemporary art magazines, such as Artishock and Terremoto; and has contributed with her writings on art and culture in numerous publications. In Lima, she works as a Public Program Curator at “Proyecto AMIL”, and is a Co-Founder of “Bisagra”, one of the few independent art spaces in the city. She has recently been awarded “Curating Connections 2017/2018” residency program organized by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and KFW Stiftung.
Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (on leave from the American University in Cairo). He is the author of 17 books, 15 already published and two in press. The most recently published are Immaterialism: Objects and Social Theory (Polity, 2016), Dante’s Broken Hammer: The Ethics, Aesthetics, and Metaphysics of Love (Repeater, 2016), and The Rise of Realism [with Manuel DeLanda] (Polity, 2017). He has published over 250 articles in 19 languages and has given over 300 lectures on six continents. In 2015, he was listed by ArtReview as the #75 most powerful influence in the international art world. He currently resides with his wife, Necla, in Dubuque, Iowa.
Jason E. Smith is currently Chair of the Graduate Art MFA program at Art Center College of Design. His writing and research are largely concerned with contemporary art and aesthetics, modern continental philosophy (Spinoza, Hegel, 20th century), and post-1968 political thought (primarily French and Italian). He has published in Artforum, Critical Inquiry, Parrhesia, Radical Philosophy, South Atlantic Quarterly and Theory&Event, among other places. With Jean-Luc Nancy and Philip Armstrong, he has published Politique et au-delà (Galilée, 2010). He recently edited and contributed to a special issue of Grey Room devoted to the films of Guy Debord. He was a Cornell Society for the Humanities Fellow in 2013-14. Presently, he is working on two book manuscripts, The Once and Future Party (Verso, 2018) and Automation, Then and Now (Reaktion, 2019).
Jennifer Teets is a contemporary art curator, writer, researcher and performer born in Houston, Texas, 1978, living and working from Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.
Since 2014, she co-hosts The World in Which We Occur (TWWWO), a live event series that has held iterations in Vilnius, Lisbon, Prague and Paris – the series takes place over the telephone in front of an audience, and is formulated around questions addressed by speakers across the world. TWWWO is loosely inspired by, and set in the legacy of hybrids that have emerged out of artist James Lee Byars’ 1969 performance work World Question Centre. To date, TWWWO has hosted sessions on the core debates of the Anthropocene, Pharmakons (the body and the earth as a remedy and a poison), molecular colonialism in the reign of microorganisms, grief and climate change, states of reserve and the legality of invisible regimes, water politics, earth metabolisms, and the underground. TWWWO is currently developing a long term international study group associated with the series.
Recordings from previous sessions can be found at: TWWWO.ORG
Since 2014 she carries out an inquiry (ethnographic, materialist) on geophagy and clays with forgotten origins titled “Elusive Earths” with Lorenzo Cirrincione. Recent iterations held at Parallel, Oaxaca in April 2016: http://www.paralleloaxaca.com/elusive-earths-iii.html
Upcoming fieldwork in Lemnos, Greece, and Guatemala (2017). A lecture will be held on Elusive Earths in the context of Otobong Nkanga’s work for documenta14 on June 16, 2017 in Athens, Greece.
Teets was educated at the University of Texas at Austin (Latin American Studies/Urban Studies) and Sciences Po, Paris (SPEAP under the direction of Bruno Latour). From 2003-2007, she spearheaded the contemporary art program at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City, the former home/studio of Mexican Muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros where she initiated her practice in the early 2000s. There, she curated over 20 site-specific, one-person exhibitions and performances by emerging and established Mexican and international artists. She was Resident Curator at Platform Garanti CAC in Istanbul in the fall/winter of 2007-2008 under the auspices of the Jumex Collection and the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo (PAC) from Mexico City. Later she was a resident at Kadist Art Foundation in 2009, setting up the groundwork for her long sejour in Paris. She has written extensively on art and curating in international art magazines and other publications and frequently lectures on curating and artistic research. She has guest lectured at Städelschule, Vilnius Academy of the Arts, Goldsmiths, CCA San Francisco amongst others. She is a faculty member of the Saas Fee Summer Institute of Art held in Berlin, an autonomous course at the intersection of theory and art held in the German capital each year.
Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. A collection of her essays, What Is? (Cuneiform Press) was published in 2013 and Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press) appeared in 2014. Digital_Humanities , co-authored with Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, (MIT Press) was published in 2012. In addition to her academic work, Drucker has produced artist‘s books and projects that were the subject of a retrospective, Druckworks: 40 years of books and projects, that began at Columbia College in Chicago in 2012. She is currently working on a database memoir, ALL the books I never wrote or wrote and never published. Recent creative projects include Diagrammatic Writing (Onomatopée, 2014), Stochastic Poetics (Granary, 2012), and Fabulas Feminae (Litmus Press, 2015). In 2014 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts by the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017.
John C. Welchman is Professor of art history in the Visual Arts department at the University of California, San Diego. His books on art include Modernism Relocated: Towards a Cultural Studies of Visual Modernity (Allen & Unwin, 1995), Invisible Colours: A Visual History of Titles (Yale UP, 1997), Art After Appropriation: Essays on Art in the 1990s (Routledge, 2001) and Guillaume Bijl (JRP|Ringier, 2016). Past Realization: Essays on Contemporary European Art (Sternberg, 2016) is the first volume of his collected writings. Welchman is co-author of the Dada and Surrealist Word Image (MIT Press, 1987), Mike Kelley (Phaidon, 1999), and Kwang-Young Chung (Rizzoli, 2014); and editor of Rethinking Borders (Minnesota UP, 1996), Institutional Critique and After (JRP|Ringier, 2006), The Aesthetics of Risk (JRP|Ringier, 2008) and Black Sphinx: On the Comedic in Modern Art (JRP|Ringier, 2010) as well as the collected writings of Mike Kelley: Foul Perfection: Essays and Criticism (MIT, 2003); Minor Histories (MIT, 2004); Mike Kelley: Interviews, Conversations, and Chit-Chat, 1988-2004 (JRP|Ringier, 2005). He has written for Artforum (where he had a column in the late 1980s and early 90s), Screen, the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Economist among other newspapers and journals; and contributed essays to catalogues and associated publications at Documenta (Kassel), the Louvre (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Centre Pompidou (Paris), MoMA|PS1 (NY), Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool, Reina Sophia (Madrid), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The New Museum (NY), Albertina, Vienna, Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), LA County Museum of Art, Sydney Biennial, Venice Biennale, Vienna Museum of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Ludwig Museum (Budapest), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Edinburgh Festival, and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana.
Juli Carson is Professor at the University of California, Irvine, where she directs the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program and The University Art Galleries. She is author of Exile of the Imaginary: Politics, Aesthetics, Love (Vienna: Generali Foundation, 2007) and The Limits of Representation: Psychoanalysis and Critical Aesthetics (Buenos Aires: Letra Viva Press, 2011). Her essays on conceptual art and psychoanalysis have been published in Art Journal, Documents, October, Texte Zur Kunst and X-Tra, as well as in numerous international anthologies and monographs. Her forthcoming book, The Hermenuetic Impulse: Aesthetics of An Untethered Past, will be published by PoLyPen, a subsidiary of b_books Press.
N. Katherine Hayles, the James B. Duke Professor of Literature at Duke University, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory in 1998-99 for How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, and the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship for Writing Machines. She teaches courses on experimental fiction, literary and cultural theory, finance capital and culture, science fiction, and contemporary American fiction. Her latest book is Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious.
Nima Bassiri is an intellectual historian and historian of the human sciences, with a focus on the modern history of brain and behavioral medicine in Europe and beyond. He is currently Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of History and the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science. Starting in August 2018, he will be Assistant Professor in the Program in Literature at Duke University. He is co-editor of Plasticity and Pathology: On the Formation of the Neural Subject (Fordham University Press 2015) and is completing his first book, Pathologies of Personhood: Forensics, Madness, and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century, which examines the medico-legal and sociopolitical anxieties that surrounded the clinical elaboration of several major and quite unsettling neuropathologies during the nineteenth century in Europe and America.
Renee Petropoulos has created projects and exhibited internationally. Most recently embarking on the project “Among Nations (Mostly)” with a performance “Analogue” (2012) at the MAK, Venice to Venice (2012) as part of the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. and “Women in Surrealism” for LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). “Black Star”, begun in 2006, is a performance in continuum in Berlin. Her most recent installment of “Prototype for the History of Painting: Eingrouping Social Historical” was installed in MARTE San Salvador, El Salvador. Her recent film, “Two or Three Things I Know About Gas Station Mini Marts” screened at Screening, in Philadelphia. The outdoor public sculpture project “Bouquet”(Flower Tower) Between Egypt, India, Iraq, the United States, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mexico”, situated in Santa Monica, California at a street and pedestrian intersection was completed in spring, 2014. An exhibit of related subject, “Bouquet(Flower Girl) Between Libya, the United States and Scotland”, was installed at LAMOA in Eagle Rock in May 2014. Petropoulos’ monument drawings were also included in “Forms of the Formless” at Beijing Moca, curated by Marlena Donahue.
From the United States to Mexico/ From Mexico to the Untied States, was presented at Commonwealth and Council, which included a choreographed performance. She is exhibited Monument 1 – conjugation, with the Proxy Gallery in Paris in 2016. In 2016, a cd of sound work, Between Libya, the United States and Scotland, created with composer Greg Lenczycki, will be released. Two new works are scheduled for 2016, one with the Isaura String Quartet and a reading of sculpture, “Cheek by Jowl”, at Hauser Wirth Schimmel. Her project with former student, Amanda Katz was released this summer in 7 x 7 (http://7×7.la/semicolon/). She recently returned from Naples Italy where she has been working on a collaborative project, with Neapolitan scholar, Dr. Denise Spampinato. In 2018, she will be producing a project in conjunction with the MUAC in Oaxaca, Mexico as well as being a guest artist at the Palm Springs Museum.
Reza Negarestani is a philosopher. He has contributed extensively to philosophy journals and has lectured at universities internationally. He is the author of Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials (2008), Torture Concrete: Jean-Luc Moulène and the Protocol of Abstraction (2014) and the forthcoming Intelligence and Spirit (Urbanomic / Sequence Press) on the intersection between philosophy of mind, German Idealism and theoretical computer science.
Sanford Kwinter: Bio forthcoming
Suparna Choudhury is Assistant Professor at the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, where she works on the adolescent brain at the intersection of anthropology and cognitive neuroscience. Trained originally as a neuroscientist, Suparna has worked as a researcher in London, Paris, Berlin and Montreal developing interdisciplinary skills to examine the implications of the new brain sciences for health and society. Her doctoral research in cognitive neuroscience at University College London investigated the development of the social brain during adolescence. During her postdoctoral research at McGill University, she founded the program of Critical Neuroscience, which brings to bear perspectives of science studies and medical anthropology to examine how neuroscientists construct their objects of inquiry, and how research findings are transformed into popular knowledge and public policy. As a Research Leader at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, she conducted research on the cultural contexts of the adolescent brain. She is currently interested in the uses of neuroscience for health and social policy especially as it affects the lives of children and adolescents
Warren Neidich is a conceptual artist, writer, and theorist. He is currently Professor of Art at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, founding director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art and the American editor of Archive Books, Berlin. Selected Awards and Fellowships include: The Fulbright Specialist Program, Fine Arts Category, University of Cairo, 2013; The Vilem Flusser Theory Award, Transmediale, Berlin, 2010; AHRB/ACE Arts and Science Research Fellowship. Bristol, UK 2004. Recently published books include The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part 3, Archive Books, 2017 Neuromacht, Merve Verlag, Berlin, 2017 and The Colour of Politics, Kunstverein Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, Berlin, 2017-2018. His work represented by the Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.