FRI 7. KL1000- KEYNOTE-PROF MIKE WATSON
Professor Mike Watson (UK) (PhD Goldsmiths College) is a theorist, critic and curator who is principally focused on the relation between art, new media and politics. He has written for Art Review, Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic and Radical Philosophy and has curated events at the 55 and 56th Venice Biennale, and Manifesta 12. He is currently working on a second book for ZerO Books, provisionally entitled This is so Contemporary: 21st Century Aesthetics.
Seminar Day 1
Friday 7th September, Tou Scene
10·10–10·40 Keeping On: There is no alternative, let’s look for one
Keynote speech by Professor Mike Watson, John Cabot University
Professor Mike Watson argues that the abstraction of the social whole, led by the fragmented, disorienting and breakneck nature of digital media needs to be engaged in head-on such that a new order may emerge from the conflicting messages generated by memes, live streaming, video gaming, social media and IM. To some extent this seems to already be happening, as one can see in the output of Indie games such as ‘There is a Genie in my Szechuan sauce’, or in the YouTube series ‘Don’t Hug me I’m Scared’, which engage with the nihilistic uncertainty of our times. In this sense the millennial generation might be described as Adornian, in that rather than seek sense, they hope that the abstraction of creative endeavor, might throw into question the abstraction of the social whole. Adorno taught us that in a society without meaning or scruples, art had become almost impossible, but that we should carry on making it regardless. Adorno likely would have been highly critical of millennial culture, yet such a path may be the only antidote to the intensely held feeling that ‘there is no alternative’.
Our at-a-glance program of keynote speeches, presentations, panel debates, film premieres, workshops, special events and more
Argentina's Milu Correch presents an "Anti-Ted Talk" talk about Street Art and wall paintings decolonized potential
Space or place? Freedom or security? You, the audience decide.
Evan Pricco (US) is Editor-in-Chief of the world’s leading international contemporary art magazine, Juxtapoz, based in San Francisco, California.
Susan Hansen (AU/UK) is Head of the Visual and Creative Methods Group and Chair of the Forensic Psychology Research Group at Middlesex University, London.
Mike Watson (UK) (PhD Goldsmiths College) is a theorist, critic and curator who is principally focused on the relation between art, new media and politics.
Dr. Lachlan MacDowall (AU) lectures in Screen and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Snitches, Glitches and Untold Riches: graffiti and street art o...
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Founder of street art and mural production company Urban Samtidskunst, Oslo.
Arne Vilhelm Tellefsen is an artist and co-founder of KRS Gadekunstlaug in Kristiansand, Southern Norway.
Eric Ness Christiansen is a graffiti artist and curator of UGANGprosjektet in Drammen, one of the biggest graffiti happenings in Norway.
Join us for the launch of the Nuart Journal, Nuart's peer reviewed journal for the critical study of street art and urban cultures.
Christian Omodeo is a freelance curator and bookseller based in Paris, where he runs Le Grand Jeu, an agency, bookstore and documentation center devoted to street...
SAT 8 SEP, KL1000-1645, TOU SCENE
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Alison Young (AU) is the Francine V. McNiff Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and a Professo...