On Subversion and Beyond: Reconsidering the politics of resistance and interference
Words like subversion and disruption are becoming increasingly difficult to interpret. Exploits once connected to artistic practice, network research, and hacktivism have been integrated into economic models, while the rise of digital populism fortifies a culture of echo chambers and divisive futures. Is it possible to interrupt the subversive dynamic of today’s market and political elite, which seems as ubiquitous as the technologies it depends upon? Can the increased complexity of today’s structures be opposed on non-reactionary terms? Sharing key examples, the panel discusses and re-imagines possibilities for intervening in current economic and political structures.
Alien Subjects- workshop with Patricia Reed also of Laboria Cuboniks
This workshop extrapolated from the affirmation of alienation as announced in the Xenofeminist manifesto. We led discussions elaborating the term, focusing on what exactly is meant by ‘alienation’ and its usefulness in thinking the political in relation to our complex reality. How can it be a generative (rather than debilitating) state? How may the notion of an ‘Alien Subject(ivity)’ help mould our self-understanding as we orient ourselves towards a post-anthropocentric world? The first hour of the workshop is dedicated to presentations, followed by two-hours of collective discussion of selected readings.
Appearance on BBC radio 4's Future Proofing-Art.
From the BBC website-'Both cultural change and massively increased accessibility to the tools with which to create will have a huge impact on the nature of art itself. Presenters Timandra Harkness and Leo Johnson explore the impact that technological change will have on art, and speak to artists at the forefront of the digital revolution.'
Question of Will-The Open Society Foundation, Bratislava.
Question of Will examines will and wide territory of related problems through art, philosophy, political science, psychology and psychiatry, neuroscience, computation sciences and human rights. This is the second edition in the seise. It will address these issues in lectures by transcontinental xenofeminist collective Laboria Cuboniks and Slovak artist Anna Daučíková. Seriese curated by Boris Ondreicka.
Aesthetic Activism, Symposium at Yale University, School of Architecture.
This symposium, convened by Mark Foster Gage, explores emerging positions that cast aesthetics as the primary discourse for social, ecological, and political engagement. In contrast to commonly held opinions that these issues are antithetical to the aesthetic, recent work in aesthetic theory across multiple disciplines suggests that such political and ontological problems may be best addressed as aspects of aesthetic experience. An interdisciplinary group of philosophers, scholars, media theorists, artists, curators, and architects will speculate on how a reignited discourse on aesthetics is prompting new insights into our relationships with not only objects, spaces, environments, and ecologies, but also with each other and political structures in which we are all enmeshed. Philosophical viewpoints foregrounding aesthetics, including Accelerationism, Afro-Futurism, Dark Ecology, Extro-Science Fiction, Disobedient Objects, Immaterialism, Object-Oriented Ontology, and Xenofeminism, will be explored and discussed through a series of lectures, presentations of work, and interdisciplinary roundtable discussions.
Seeing Listening Writing Moving-Workshop and lecture at Ashkal Alwan's Home Workspace Program 2016-2017, Beirut.
The seminar looked at the ways artists can use their field’s purported intellectual promiscuity to leverage what art can be and do. Could it function otherwise and for what ends? Bauer will lead a discussion asking how a practice can use visual language as a means to develop thought, as well as use collaborative and systemic practices to shift the parameters of how and where art functions. Can we as artists use our skills of speculation and the anti-dogmatic claims of our field, to leverage knowledge produced by other fields, as a means to understand better what art now ought to be?
The structure of the workshop was divided into two parts. In the first part I spoke about my own practice and how it functions both visually and discursively. I focused on recent collaborative work done through Xenofeminism, as well as work done as part of a Miami-based collaborative project called AST (Alliance of the Southern Triangle) that develops interdisciplinary projects to address global climate change, cities, real-estate development, taxation, insurance schemes, terraforming, statecraft and art.
In the second half of the workshop, we looked at an excerpt from Benjamin Bratton’s book The Stack to through how his proposals might be useful for art practitioners. What can art do when its main referent is a systemic condition rather than the individual subject?
Public Talk | Xenofeminsim in Alien Time
In this paper, I spoke about Xenofeminism (XF): A Politics for Alienation, a text collaboratively written by Laboria Cuboniks in 2015. I highlighted XF’s endorsement of alienation, and how it can be helpful in thinking about what time is.
I also introduced the idea of Xenotemporality (XT), which proposes that the human experience of time is not sufficient for how we organize, inflect and orient the systems on which we now depend. Realities of how time functions beyond human experience have a direct impact on us and our daily lives via our technology (GPS satellites, for example). The development of XT and a commitment to thinking ‘time’ outside of our experience (a further decentering of the human), will help frame how we are to think about what the human is and how best to orient our expedited evolution.
Arts and Machine Learning Summit-Google Cultural Institute, Paris.
Co-contributors include Rem Koolhaus, Hans Ulrich-Obrist, Rachel Rose and Blaise Aguera y Arcas. In November 2016: On 3 & 4 November, 75 artists, scientists, engineers, researchers and writers came together at the Lab in Paris for the Arts and Machine Learning summit, in partnership with Google Cultural Institute and Google's AMI program. Together we explored the applications and implications of Machine Learning within a cultural context. The aim was to start a conversation with the cultural sector and encourage the sharing of ideas, exploring together what smart computer systems can do in the hands of artists, curators and how they can help people connect with culture in new ways. A huge amount of information was shared across the two days and new connections were made across geographic boundaries and different disciplines. Delegates commented they left inspired and stimulated with new questions, ideas and contacts.
In Dialogue with Robotics- Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem.
workshop with Bassam el Baroni,
The Horrizons of Horror-, Worpswede Kunstlerhäuse Germany.
Symposium & workshop program with Anselm Franke, Bracha L. Ettinger, Melanie Bonajo, Laboria Cubonics (Diann Bauer, Helen Hester), Anja Kirschner, Sam Basu und Anke Hennig Increasingly we are organised around global emergencies that reach into every facet of life, disseminating an underlying apprehension of horror. These urgencies, mediated through spectacular polarizations, limit our comprehension of and capacity for being in the world. Given the recent resurgence of discourses on ‘horror’ what is mostly imagined with and against it tends towards an acceleration of the crisis-vortex and a staring into the abyss of a radically indifferent world. But can ‘horror’ become a lever for emancipation?
workshop with the Arthur C. Clark Centre for Human Imagination with UC San Diego and University of Liverpool, London
A Government of Times-Symposium/performance curated by le peuple qui manque at Halle 14, Leipzig.
Other participants include: François Cusset (philosopher, Paris), François Hartog (historian, Paris), Maurizio Lazzarato (philosopher, Paris), Émilie Notéris (writer, Paris), Benjamin Noys (writer, London), Lionel Ruffel (literary theoretician, Berlin), Camille de Toledo (writer & artist, Berlin), Tiphaine Samoyault (writer & literary theoretician, Paris)
Finnissage Lectures for Nervous System, as part of Laboria Cuboniks at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
with Franco Berardi, Evgeny Morozov, Ana Teixeira Pinto and Seb Franklin
Maerzmusik at Berliner Festspiele 2016-Thinking Together
You Promised me Primer and you Gave me Gossip Girl, Lecture
and screening of Hyperstition and conversation with director Christopher Roth
With Laboria Cuboniks
Xenofeinsit Temporalities- panel and two day workshop with Laboria Cuboniks as part of Laboria Cuboniks.
Futures and Fictions: Visual Cultures Public Program Fall 2015
presenting Xenofeminism as part of Laboria Cuboniks
Titles for Hyperstition- A film by Christopher Roth in collaboration with Armen Avenassian
Test Screening September 19, Babylon Kino, Berlin
Screening of This Will Happen in Time collaborative video performance with Christoph Cox
for the launch of Realismus | Materialismus | Kunst at Spike-Berlin, September 14, 2015
The Long Progress Bar, Brighton Digital Festival, Lighthouse, Brighton, UK
Presented Xenofeminism as part of Laboria Cubonics
Mixing talks, screenings, workshops and live music performances, the festival unites international creatives, thinkers and radical change-makers shaping our world through contemporary art, music, design, technology, economics and social innovation.
Award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author Paul Mason (UK) / Basic income advocate Guy Standing (UK) / critically acclaimed electronic music producer Jam City (UK) / rising electronic musician Holly Herndon (US) / social innovator and unMonastery member Kei Kreutler (US) / artist and writer Zach Blas (US) / contemporary artist and musician TCF (NO) / experimental sound artist Mat Dryhurst (UK) / cutting-edge design and research group Metahaven (NL) / electronic musician and artist Yoneda Lemma (FR) / members of xenofeminist collective Laboria Cuboniks aka Katrina Burch (FR) & Diann Bauer(US) / visual artist David Blandy (UK)
Performing Arts Forum, Summer University 2015, St Erme Outre et Ramecourt, France
Presented Xenofeminism as part of Laboria Cubonics, 11 - 17 August - Philosophy: (In)Formalizing the Outside: Sex, Mathematics, Cybernetics
Taint your horizons and decentralize thought by putting into question where philosophy happens. At PAF, philosophers transit between conceptual practices and situations to embody reason through an abundance of ruses, by amplifying the capacity to think alongside two or more incompatible perspectives at once. With the choice to go against itself and deepen the rifts of eroding neoliberal institutions, Philosophy must discover and explore the dynamics of new conceptual terrain, fractalizing void across a multitude of scales. Following on from last year’s rigorous week, with exceptional thinkers like Reza Negarestani, Nick Land, Lucca Fraser, Amy Ireland, Peter Wolfendale & Mark Fisher, this year's summer university will bring together practitioners and thinkers from contemporary fields of research in sexuality and gender studies, non-classical logic and mathematics, and next-wave cybernetics, in order for new contaminations to occur. The event will orient around two vectors. First, an examination of the conceptual histories of sex and cybernetics, suggesting a new thinking of libidinal politics. Second, a reopening of the questions of formalization and contemporary mathematical philosophy. What is it to think today? To let one field of thought be a virus for another. Our aim is not to prescribe in advance a synthesis of these strands, but rather to create a space of collision, making a ‘solid’ and ‘fixed’ notion of the Outside tremble.
Superconversations Day 31: Diann Bauer responds to Aleksandr Bogdanov, “Immortality Day”with "Multitime Monolife"
as part of Supercommunity in partnership with e-flux and the New Centre for Research and Practice at the Venice Biennale
Technofeminism Now at the ICA, London
Panel discussion chaired by Helen Hester revisiting the contribution of technofeminism, in light of recent developments in leftist critical thinking. This marks the English language publication of the transfeminist collective Laboria Cubonik's Xenofeminism:a Politics for Alienation (2015). Speakers include Sarah Kenber, Laboria Cuboniks and Legacy Russell.
Icarus Meet Apollo at OMI international Art centre
Opens June 13th
Realism Materialism Art-Launch at the New Museum
Video/perforamnce with Christoph Cox for the book Launch of RMA.
Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation
Laboria Cuboniks- collaboration with Luca Frasier, Patricia Reed, Helen Hester, Amy Ireland and Katrina Burch published in English on line and in German in dea ex machina published by Merve.
Speculative Tate-Late at Tate:May 2015
Screening of Predators and Pests, collaborative video work with Amanda Beech.
Real Flow is an on going collaboration between Diann Bauer, Victoria Ivanova, Christopher Kulendran-Thomas and Suhail Malik. We do R&D of finance and art.
Real Flow offers tailor-made financial solutions for contemporary art by crossing the now wholly permeable and artificially-maintained barriers between art’s markets, markets in general, and art’s flexible and porous semantics. Re-engineering the artwork’s commodity form, this venture tactically integrates art into its diverse channels of exhibition, circulation, and marketization. Financialization’s futurity is operationalized by Real Flow to reconstitute art’s future present and open up new vistas through and beyond capital.
The first iteration of it as a project is the inaugural exhibition at K. (formerly P!) at 334 Broome st NY. It opened on March 1st.
There will be a public talk on Sunday with the four collaborators, moderated by Prem Krishnamurthy on the 8th of March at noon.
ART AND ITS REASON(S)-COURSE TAUGHT WITH PATRICIA REED AT THE NEW CENTRE
This seminar will introduce a diagnosis of contemporary art (CA) that challenges several dominant and ideal narratives endemic to the field, addressing the chasm between what many want CA to do, what many say CA does, and how CA actually operates. This overview grasps CA systemically, including the entire spectrum of production, dissemination, economy, discourses and reception, rather than focusing solely on individual practices. What do we want, or expect from art today in the face of global complexity? How can art be defined outside of a localized and subject-centred paradigm? How can CA move from planes of critical description towards horizons of how it ought to be; and why is this path worth forging for a distinctly 21st century mode of transit? How does art understand itself politically in relation to the scientific and social real, stereoscopically? Can one avow a definition of art within the folds of a leftist project more generally as an endeavor of ethical inhumanism? What sets of particular affordances can this new definition of art map out that other fields cannot? This seminar proposes a first step in a long-term, massively collaborative project for art’s redefinition and reorientation through readings, guest respondents and the experimental format of the digital studio seminar.
COURSE TAUGHT WITH SUHAIL MALIK AT CANNONBALL, MIAMI
This spring I will be teaching a course with Suhail Malik, at Cannonball, an art and education space in Miami. It will investigate the conditions of the contemporary city in general and Miami specifically as not only responding to local and regional development, but also as a node in a global network of cities.
Through a series of seminars and a studio-based project we will look at how real-estate development, contemporary art, geopolitics, immigration, capital investments, technology, and material infrastructure are changing what Miami is.
This course is designed for students from a range of disciplines but will work primarily in and from art.
The aim of the course is to develop strategies and practices that can use the conditions at work in Miami rather than be used by them.
Fing the Future:the City
Part of Future Summit session: Montreal Biennale
Date: Sunday, November 23
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Admission: Free for Future Summit ticket holders
Fixing the Future (FtF) aims to provide useful alternatives for thinking the future again, and to do so as an imperative. FtF’s Future Summit panel will focus on cities as vast inhuman systems, complex beyond our casual powers of perception. We assert that what is needed is not the far-off vision of some city in the sky, nor a nostalgic return to the peasant idyll, but a way to connect the immanent life of the city-dweller with the abstract forces which govern her everyday possibilities. We will use this as a point of departure, asking the panel to address questions about how major cities now function, examine the forces that shape them as linked nodes of global capitalism, consider the transition from the ideals of the modernist city to their current reality, and speculate on possibilities of how they could function given these realities and their potential for repurposing.
Panel participants are Marie-Pier Boucher, Keller Easterling and FtF organisers Joshua Johnson and Keith Tilford. The panel will be moderated by Diann Bauer. In keeping with FtF’s overall mission, the aim of the panel is to examine the current conditions of urbanism and speculate constructively on how best to proceed into the future.
Fixing the Future is a New York City based platform for the organisation of online seminars, live events and exhibitions. We avow the development of a political left “at ease with a modernity of abstraction, complexity, globality and technology” (Srnicek/Williams). It is our assertion that transdisciplinary collaboration can substantially contribute to this development. FTF is organised by Diann Bauer, Joshua Johnson, Suhail Malik, Mohammad Salemy and Keith Tilford.
Organized by Diann Bauer
Monday, September 29, 2014 2:00PM EST
In this session Ray Brassier, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams will talk about the overlap between their philosophical and political concerns despite their differences in disciplinary focus. The aim of the conversation will be to address the interfusions of philosophical rationalism and a 21st century political economy. The discussion will be moderated by Diann Bauer, followed by questions and comments by the other organizers of the Fixing the Future platform in addition to those watching live. This session will not be archived as a video but will be transcribed and posted on our website at a later date.
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