This lecture will address the conditions of today’s art world in comparison with the New York art scene of the seventies and the place theory — and Semiotext(e) — has occupied in the metamorphosis of a small art community into a global trans-aesthetic art industry. Lotringer will conclude his talk with a call for a more autonomous art practice and organization – more horizontal than hierarchical and less geared toward the production of art commodities.
Sylvère Lotringer is a literary critic and cultural theorist. A younger contemporary of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio and Michel Foucault, he is best known for synthesizing French theory with American literary, cultural and architectural avant-garde movements through his work with Semiotext(e) ; and for his interpretations of French theory in a 21st century context. An influential interpreter of Jean Baudrillard’s theories, Lotringer invented the concept “extrapolationist” as a means of describing the hyperbolic world-views espoused by Baudrillard and Paul Virilio. He has written extensively on art, including catalogue essays for the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Musée du Jeu de Paume, etc. Lotringer is Professor Emeritus at Columbia UNiversity and a Professor of Foreign Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
About The Speakers Series: Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.