Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Research as Exhibition

6 May 2010

Beyond the Academy: Research as Exhibition” – a symposium at Tate Britain Auditorium on Friday 14 May 2010, 10.00–17.30,  featuring, among others, Bruno Latour and Noortje Marres.

The exhibition is increasingly being reframed as a ‘research output’, but what can new forms of research and collaboration bring to the concept and curatorship of the exhibition? Is the idea of the exhibition being distorted or creatively extended by new disciplinary practices and knowledge? In what ways do new forms of research exhibitions create new types of knowledge and experience for the audience?

Hat tip to Mutable Matter.

Update (6 May 2010): I’ve been just told that Latour will also take part in a panel discussion at the following event at the LSE in the afternoon of 14 May:

Richard Sennett: The Sociology of Public Life

Sociology Department conference

Date: Friday 14 May 2010

Time: 2-6pm

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Bruno Latour, Alan Rusbridger, Professor Judy Wajcman, David Adjaye, Professor Geoff Mulgan, Lord Richard Rogers, Polly Toynbee

Chairs: Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, Professor Ricky Burdett

In this exciting half-day conference two panels on ‘Public Life and Public Policy’ and ‘Cities and the Public Realm’, discuss these themes in the context of the work of Professor Sennett, the eminent sociologist whose recent books include The Culture of the New Capitalism and The Craftsman.

Algorithmic Allure

19 December 2009

It is nice to learn from Graham Harman that his Bournemouth talk last year on Heidegger’s “origin of the work of art” essay has directly inspired this interesting forthcoming paper by Robert Jackson: “Heidegger, Harman and Algorithmic Allure.” That event was actually organised by Tammy Lu at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth (since then  renamed as the Arts University College at Bournemouth), although I was the one who took this crazy photo of Graham:

Three days later Graham gave another talk on “The Greatness of McLuhan” at the Media School at Bournemouth University. We posted the recordings of both talks on this blog and they both became quite popular, however the Heidegger talk has the edge: it has been downloaded 1,027 times since 8 February 2008, as opposed to the 884 downloads of the McLuhan talk.

Strangely, both of these talks are more popular than Harman’s first lecture at the LSE  “On Actors, Networks, and Plasma: Heidegger vs. Latour vs. Heidegger” on 29 November 2007, which has been downloaded 778 times, even though that was the event that launched the Heideggero-Latourian project most explicitly. I would have thought that the juxtaposition of Heidegger and Latour and the invocation of Latour’s concept of the plasma would be provocatively alluring (or alluringly provocative) enough to attract more attention. But the most popular Harman download (besides the respectable 1,688 downloads of the Harman Review itself) seems to be his “Assemblages According to Manuel DeLanda” from November 2008, with 1,385 downloads since then.

[Although I should hasten to add that these figures are somewhat misleading, as both the plasma talk and the Harman Review are also available on the LSE website, so probably just as many people if not more would have downloaded them from there. As for the DeLanda talk, it received a boost after being listed on Speculative Heresy.]

Jackson’s paper sounds very interesting though, so I’ll reproduce his abstract here:


From Iconoclasm to Compositionism

3 October 2009

A New Patrons lecture with Bruno Latour and Chantal Mouffe on the civil society patronage of art in Europe at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 7pm, 9 October 2009.

Bruno Latour: “From Iconoclasm to Compositionism”
Chantal Mouffe: “Agonistic Politics and Artistic Practices”

Translation in COMBO

29 September 2009

This fabulous video from BLU and David Ellis is an excellent illustration of the actor-network theory notion of translation. Meanings and beings are continually transposed and transformed in the collaborative construction process, out of which some truly surprising composite creatures emerge. (Thanks to Tammy Lu for sending this video my way.)


29 September 2009

Andrew Huang‘s Doll Face video could serve as a pretty good illustration of what Giorgio Agamben seems to have in mind when (after Foucault) he talks about subjectification, the configuration of subjects by apparatuses. (Hat tip to themutabletruth)

ANTHEM facelift

29 September 2009

It was about time to say good-bye to the generic WordPress header and inject some colour into our façade. Many thanks to our in-house artist, Tammy Lu, for allowing us to use one of her images. It is fitting that Untitled 11 is associated with a quote involving Heidegger. And the number 4 in the image is a good reminder that Heidegger’s fourfold is of central interest here.

A Space Odyssey

22 July 2009

It’s hard to disagree with Oli Mould that 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest movies ever made about tools. Or should we say tool-being?

Walking in my Mind

2 July 2009

Speaking of distributed cognition, apparatuses and assemblages, the current Hayward Gallery show (23 June – 6 September 2009) in London, “Walking in My Mind: Adventure into the artist’s imagination,” presents some interesting attempts at modelling cognition materially. Jason Rhoades’ work, “The Creation Myth,” stands out in particular as an intriguing, disturbing – but at the same time hilarious – effort to render a complex apparatus, made of heterogeneous parts, visible. Here is the description of this machine from the guide produced by the gallery:


Dictionary of Non-Philosophy

17 April 2009

Many thanks to the good people at Speculative Heresy for making available Taylor Adkins’s translation of François Laruelle’s Dictionary of Non-Philosophy [3.7 MB PDF]. Cover art by Tammy Lu.

A comic response to Latour and Sloterdijk at Harvard

20 March 2009



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