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Tinker User Tracer Human

This series invites artists, designers, and philosophers to help us speculate on the future of art, learning, and action in a rapidly intensifying age of software aesthetics, persuasive computing, intangible infrastructures, nonorganic vitalities, and ubiquitous sensing. Over the course of the term, our six visiting lecturers will present different ways of approaching division and inclusion, solidarity and resilience, in a struggle to keep pace with our changing ways knowing and sharing the world.

Sep 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

"Imaginary property" is an artistic research project on the halting problem of a society after the spectacle when Guy Debord’s “autonomous movement of the non-living” has become almost trivial but fully embedded in biopolitics. The concept of imaginary property characterises a new regime of ubiquitous image-production which throws into crisis conventional conceptions of the vexed relationship between selfhood and ownership. It can be understood in two directions: the becoming-property of images and the becoming-imaginary of property.

Oct 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
e15-001: The ACT Cube

Cristina Ricupero will present her curatorial approach to the exhibition "Secret Societies" (Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and CAPC de Bordeaux, 2011–2012) and also other more recent exhibitions.

Oct 31, 2016 - 6:00pm
E15-001: The ACT Cube

Today, yesterday’s LEFT has collapsed into what is referred to as “progressivism,” which aspires toward a MIDDLE, and today’s right has evolved into a neoliberalist faction and an ever more powerful faction in the form of an aggressive populism characterized by irrationalism, racism, xenophobia and misogyny.

Nov 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
E15-001: The ACT Cube

"The animal of the molecular revolution will be neither mole nor snake, but a drone-animal-thing that is solid, liquid, and a gas." — from Dividuum Raunig will present a philosophy of dividuality as a way of addressing contemporary modes of production and forms of life.  Raunig’s bad news is that dividuality is responsible for much of the intensified exploitation and subservience in contemporary machinic capitalism. Algorithms, derivatives, big data, and social media technology all contribute to the rampant expansion of divisive management strategies and desires for self-division.

Dec 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
E15-001: The ACT Cube

About art, metamorphosis and exploring experience to enhance a different political imagination

Ducks are capable of abstract thinking. This recent scientific discovery is no surprise to ducks; they are ducks, after all. The discovery just reveals that we, non-ducks, are deeply fascinated by sharing traits that are integral to our own idea of rationality. If taken seriously, the discovery is a revolution, marking in a very nice, duckish way the impossibility of taking the premises of humanism and anthropocentrism as our permanent horizon.