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September 19, 2012

MA Aesthetics and Politics

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Sensing is doing.

Aesthetic transformations are political revolutions.

Agree? Disagree?

The MA Aesthetics and Politics offers a one-year degree that encourages interrogations of the arts and politics in an expanded field. Students specialize in Critical Theory, Global Studies, or Media and Urban Studies and get up close and personal with key contemporary artists and thinkers.

Faculty: Arne De Boever (director), Douglas Kearney, Chandra Khan, Norman Klein, Martín Plot, James Wiltgen.

Fall 2012 Visiting Faculty: Rita Gonzalez, Associate Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Recent Visiting Speakers: Étienne Balibar, Jodi Dean, Diedrich Diederichsen, Catherine Malabou, Fred Moten, Sianne Ngai, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

For more information, please consult our website.
Join us this Fall for the West Hollywood lecture and event series:

Friday, September 21
Debate: The Fight for Equality and Electoral Politics
7:30–9pm, West Hollywood Library, Community Room

Hosted by Martín Plot, this debate will focus not just on the upcoming US presidential election but also on how to advance the cause of equality during such an election. Participants include Nancy L. Cohen and West Hollywood’s own John Duran.

Tuesday, October 2
Screening: Simondon of the Desert
6:30–9pm, West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers

Come celebrate the birthday of French philosopher of technology Gilbert Simondon (b. October 2, 1924) with the US premiere of François Lagarde’s documentary film Simondon of the Desert. Followed by a Q&A with the film director, and specialists of Simondon’s work.

Friday, November 9–Sunday, November 11
Academic conference: The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism
Friday, November 9: 7:30pm, Goethe-Institute
Saturday, November 10: 10–6:30pm, West Hollywood Library, Community Room
Sunday, November 11: 10–12pm, West Hollywood Library, Community Room

Hosted by Arne De Boever, Warren Neidich, and Jason Smith, “The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part One” brings together philosophers/critical theorists, media theorists, scientists and artists to discuss the state of the mind and brain under the conditions of contemporary capitalism, in which they have become the new focus of laboring. Speakers will include Jonathan Beller, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Jodi Dean, Patricia Pisters, Tiziana Terranova, and Bruce Wexler. For more information, check the conference website.

Friday, December 7
Performance: This Is Called the Show: Spectacle, Invisibility, and Scene
7:30-9pm, West Hollywood Library, Community Room

Join us for an evening about (and undoubtedly with some) performance. Hosted by Douglas Kearney, with Kate Durbin, Ernest Hardy, and Tisa Bryant.
We are currently accepting application for Fall 2012. Apply here. Financial aid packages are available in the form of scholarships, grants, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Financial aid deadline is March 2.

For general questions, or to schedule an information session, please contact Admissions Counselor Seth Blake at [email protected] or 661 253 7716.

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