School Watch

SOMA: A Case Study in Artist-Run Education

by Chris Sharp

In January 2012 I was a curatorial resident at SOMA, a unique hybrid of an artist-run space, visual arts school, residency program, and discursive platform located in the neighborhood of San Pedro de los Pinos in Mexico City. During my month-long stay, in which I met with students and reviewed their portfolios, conducted studio visits with local artists, saw exhibitions around the city and got to know the art scene a little, I basically fell head-over-heels in love with the city, Distrito Federal (or “D.F.” as its known among locals). More specifically, I fell for the quality of life, which [...] read more

Video School

Wendy Brown: Homo Economicus

In this interview with Sam Seder, Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses her recent book Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, in which she assesses the threat to democracy posed by neoliberalism and the transformation of the individual subject into human capital. In an analysis based on Michel Foucault’s concept of “homo economicus,” the “entrepreneur of himself,” Brown argues that the subject of neoliberal finance capitalism functions as a market actor not just in the economic realm—in its financial transactions or in its work—but also in all other domains, including civic, political, family, and [...] read more

Jason Read: The Social Individual: Collectivity and Individuality in Capitalism (and Marx)

In this 2011 talk, philosopher Jason Read considers the concepts of the social individual (which exists in mutually constitutive relationship with the collective) and species being (which exists in mutually constitutive relationship with nature) in Karl Marx’s early writings alongside French philosopher Gilbert Simondon’s analysis of individuation and transindividuality. Read argues that Marx’s and Simondon’s work reveals something about contemporary capitalism’s conditions of real subsumption. In the Grundrisse, Marx describes capitalism’s early stages, observing that the relationship of the individual to the collective is paradoxical in that transindividual relations and machines produce isolated, individuated perceptions. This is a paradox that [...] read more


Hamburg’s University of Fine Arts Graduate Show 2015

by Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK)

This year’s exhibition of graduation projects at Hamburg’s University of Fine Arts (HFBK) ran from July 10–12, 2015. Some 130 graduates who had obtained Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in Fine Arts and had specialized in the fields of Sculpting, Stage Design, Design, Film, Graphics/Typography/Photography, Painting/Drawing and Time-Based Media presented their final-year projects. They also included students who had trained under renowned international artists such as Thomas Demand, Matt Mullican, Marjetica Potrc, Anselm Reyle and Wim Wenders. Attracting around 4,000 visitors, today the HFBK exhibition of graduation projects is one of the most popular art events in Hamburg. The exhibition program [...] read more