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“Making Sense is Radical to Making Art”: The Bard MFA

by Corrine Fitzpatrick

On the way up to Bard College from Brooklyn this past July, I received my first-ever speeding ticket (73 in a 55 on the bucolic, two-laned, and well-patrolled Taconic State Parkway). Five days later, the night before I was to exit the bubble that is Bard back for the city, I ran over a nail somewhere on campus and found myself in the rain with a flat tire on a borrowed car. Up at Bard one tends toward the melodramatic, the cosmic, the meant-to-be, and—four years after I completed my tenure as a graduate student there—I read the signs pragmatically: [...] read more

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Dipesh Chakrabarty: The Anthropocene Project, An Opening

What would it mean to “decline the invitation” of the Anthropocene? Historian and theorist Dipesh Chakrabarty elaborates his lecture from the question of what the Anthropocene invites us to think. There is, he argues, a rhetorical power structuring the “age of humans” that bears inspection. When the human is understood as effecting change at the geological level, the idea of society is translated from a collectivity of individuals to an object among objects, a trans-personal or inhuman force aligned with phenomena such as tectonic plate movements or thermal ocean currents. At the same time, the discourse of climate change draws [...] read more

Bruno Latour: The Anthropocene and the Destruction of the Image of the Globe

In the last of four Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Edinburgh, Bruno Latour examines a structure of thought that subtends the Anthropocene. Like Haraway, he is interested in asking what kinds of shapes, figures, tropes, and presuppositions organize our thinking about ecological crisis, and how a different way of conceptualizing these rhetorical forms might open fresh modes of thought and action. Drawing on the work of the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, Latour ranges through the ways the circle, sphere, and globe have organized, and limited, the scope of western thought. In place of the “circle” as a structure [...] read more