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
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.
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)
Public Lecture, April 12 | The resurgence of metaphysics in recent Continental philosophy has been accompanied by an enthusiasm for “flat ontologies”. Leveling traditional metaphysical hierarchies, such as those of universal and particular or nature and artifice, that unyokes appearance from reality and treats all entities as equally real. I will argue that the wholesale leveling indulged in by flat ontologists is mired in philosophical confusions that lead to rampant anthropomorphism in metaphysics and to complacent liberalism in politics.
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