May Joseph: Fluid New York

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Guest lecture, May 7 | Storm surge is an impending threat to coastal cities. Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City’s coastline, exposing its archipelagic structure. In Fluid New York, Joseph traces the Dutch influence in New York’s hydrological past, and explores how a new aqueous thinking is shaping New York’s identity as an island-city and low lying coastal city. New York is learning from Amsterdam. Joseph will also discuss her environmental performance work that threads former VOC Indian Ocean sites of Cochin and Cape Town to New Amsterdam, early Dutch New York. May Joseph is Professor of Social Practice at the Pratt Institute where she teaches cinema, visual culture and urban history. She is also the founder of Harmattan Theater, an environmental theater company based in New York City

Christian Moraru: The Planetary Remaking of Cultural Studies

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Lecture and Masterclass, I EC, May 14, organized by OSL | In his talk, Professor Moraru will present his recent research, in particular his forthcoming book, Reading for the Planet: A Geopolitical Manifesto Critical Manifesto. A ‘geomethodological’ approach might help us come to grips with symptoms of “planetarity,” a cultural formation increasingly visible worldwide at the dawn of the 21st-century

Joshua Ramey: Spiritual Materialism

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Public lecture, June 27 | I argue that Deleuze’s identification of a certain mode of thought in artistic experimentation, “transcendental empiricism,” has to do precisely with aesthetic exploration of the spatial fourth dimension, and with the spiritual potential of such a dimension for the transformation of sensory, cognitive, and affective capacities. Read in this way, the theory of ideas in Difference and Repetition is more clearly connected to Deleuze’s later work with Guattari, where Deleuze becomes much more explicit about the necessity for thought of practices of “becoming” that have clear roots not only in literary and painterly experimentation, but in psychedelic, ascetic, meditational, and yogic practices across a variety of esoteric metaphysical traditions.

Materiality and Power

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Reading Group, starting April 24 | The Design and Fashion Cultures Platform would like to invite all of those interested to its reading group Materiality and Power. The focus is on the intersection between different conceptualizations of materiality, discursivity, and power (in particular governmentality)

Urban Intervention: ‘Cegos’ [Blind]

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Site-specific theatre workshop and urban intervention, June 3-5 | Tens of executives, men and women, dressed in suits and ties, wearing briefcases, purses, cell phones and documents, covered in mud with their eyes blindfolded, walk in slow motion around the city. They mix with passers-by on the street, destabilizing the daily flow of the financial and political center of the city

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