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The Sabotage of Production: A Lecture by Evan Calder Williams @ Bark Room 12/4

December 2, 2013

The history of sabotage is the history of its hypothetical non-existence, of recurrent attempts to deny that it does or should happen. Barring scattered supporters, using elements of a machine, system, organism, code, network, or city against its designed function has for centuries been as maligned as actually practiced. It is called “undisciplined,” “unmediated,” “individualist,” “pointless,” “invisible,” and “sneaky,” a diversion of the correct uses of discontent. It is neither “sustainable” nor up for vote.  In other words, sabotage has been accused of being what it actually is: a form of social war opposed not just to a global order of reproduction, circulation, and management but also to the most basic structures of representational politics that order strongly encourages us to adopt.

These lectures sketch a new history and theory of sabotage, one attentive to just how alien the act of turning means against their ends is to inherited ideas of political engagement. Sabotage remains an unwelcome tool and an unknowable enemy, because it implies and extends a different and ultimately inhuman kind of familiarity. It is one that learns how to listen to cues given by the circuits, patterns, and mechanisms themselves, how to access the embedded knowledge and hostility of all those materials waiting to help ruin the brutal perpetuity of work, gender, empire, and time.

Joining Elizabeth Gurley Flynn with Romano Alquati, this lecture tracks back through the history of sabotage, develops the concept of “invisible organization,” and considers ruined silk, factory management, death vs. sleep, subterranean trains, napping, meticulousness, and capitals fixed, circulating, and flammable.

Wednesday, Dec 4
5:30-8 pm
Bark Room
2 West 13th Street
New York, NY
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Opening Reception: Yto Barrada & DJ /rupture @ Walker Art Center 11/21

November 15, 2013

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In conjunction with the exhibition An Album: Cinematheque Tangier, join artist Yto Barrada and special guest DJ/rupture, referred to as “a thoughtful pipeline for music from countless distant and obscure outposts” (New York Times), for an evening filled with the music and movies of North Africa. Free admission with cash bar.

Thursday, Nov 21
6-9 pm
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN
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Spook Magazine Issue 3 Launch Party @ MoCADA 11/16

November 13, 2013

Celebrate the launch of Spook’s third issue with a panel discussion and reception in the MoCADA gallery! Founder Jason Parham and contributors Morgan Parker, Josie Duffy, Matthew J. McKnight, Cedar Pasori, Sonia Lousie Davis, Andre D. Wagner and Kajahl Benes will discuss the issue’s theme, HOME, and its connection to the politics of place and belonging in Six Draughtsmen.

Saturday, Nov 16
6-8 pm
MoCADA Gallery
80 Hanson Pl.
Brooklyn, NY
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Elsewhere: An Evening of Escape @ ISSUE Project Room 11/12

November 11, 2013

Photo: Cameron Blaylock

Van Alen Institute is pleased to present an evening of performances, talks, and reflections to celebrate the launch of Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape, an exploration of escape in the urban environment. Hosted in collaboration with ISSUE Project Room Artistic Director Lawrence Kumpf, the evening will bring together a diverse lineup featuring Richard Sennett, the Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University; Keller Easterling, Professor of Architecture at Yale University and author of forthcoming Extrastatecraft; singer, musician, and artist Joseph KecklerRon Shiffman, Professor at Pratt’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, former director and co-founder of the Pratt Center for Community Development; Maria Chavez, curator and sound artist; performers Niegel Smith and Jax JacksonVyjayanthi Rao, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research; writer, theorist, and artist Evan Calder WilliamsHenk Ovink, Senior Advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force; and more, to explore how and why we escape the city, pushing the concept to its edges to see where Elsewhere may take us.

The celebration will continue with drinks following the program.

Tuesday, Nov 12
7-9 pm
ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Ground Floor
Brooklyn, New York
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