Symposium / Crash Course April 10 – 14, 2014
Gallery Presence April 13 – May 25, 2014
The symposium-crash course takes place at the Center for Curatorial Studies and other Bard College facilities between the April 10 – 14, 2014. Participants are Vanessa Anspaugh, Amelia Bande, Gregg Bordowitz, Andrew Kachel, Alhena Katsof, Clara López Menéndez, students and faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Some lives discuss forms of infectious responsibilities in rooms of preparation, for a professional existence in a neoliberal culture-life. They converge in a physical symposium between April 10 – April 14, 2013.
– Who? Who is talking about work?
– Look around you. Who is working right now? Who is not? If there are those who are not working, what exactly are they, or we, doing right now?
– Are you working?
– No… I don’t know.
– Should artists fight to get their activities defined as work to be able to justify a demand for economical security, a sense of community, pride and recognition, or should we define what we do as something else?
– Is it still possible to deal with NY on a level of “local culture”, or is NY’s self-image too dependent on its international ties?
– A central paradox of any transformative criticism: its dreams are founded on a history of suffering, precariousness and violence.
– What would be the points of refusal to agree on in order to achieve a post-capitalist reality?
– For those alive to the fragility of power, there are many opportunities to turn situations of domination to advantages.
– Art is not outside politics. Politics is its production, its distribution, and its reception. Queer labor is the affective necessary work of queer desire. A vision of the indeterminacy of value.
– How to use that?
– We are all using ourselves as material in collaboration.
– We must make the intelligible appear against its emptiness and deny its necessity; truly challenge the question: what can be played?
 This dialogue consists of textual excerpts from the following sources: YES! Association/Föreningen JA! [Act 5: Die Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise], Guerrilla Art Action Group [Action 46], Heather Love [Feeling Backward], Hito Steyerl [Politics of Art: Contemporary Art and the Transition to Post-Democracy], Meg Wesling [Queer Value] and Michael Foucault [Friendship as a Way of Life].
Curated by Clara López Menéndez