March 7, 2010

e-flux journal lecture at Cooper Union

Logo for summit for non-aligned initiatives in education culture, Berlin 2007
e-flux journalEducation Actualized

By looking to the work of Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben and Jean- Luc Nancy, the interests of community and collectivity in art can be fleshed out through the concept of ‘singularity’ rather than that of identity. Such engagements with the blurring of lines between makers, viewers, objects and spaces has required the development of an alternative vocabulary to capture the shifting relations between art and its meanings.

Irit Rogoff is a theorist, curator, and organizer who writes at the intersections of the critical, the political, and contemporary arts practices. Rogoff is a professor at Goldsmiths College, London University, in the department of Visual Cultures, which she founded in 2002. Her work across a series of new “think tank” Ph.D. programs at Goldsmiths (Research Architecture, Curatorial/Knowledge) is focusing on the possibility of locating, moving, and exchanging knowledges across professional practices, self-generated forums, academic institutions, and individual enthusiasms. Her publications include Museum Culture (1997), Terra Infirma – Geography’s Visual Culture(2001), A.C.A.D.E.M.Y (2006),Unbounded – Limits Possibilities (2008), and the forthcoming Looking Away – Participating Singularities, Ontological Communities (2009). Curatorial work includes De-Regulation with the work of Kutlug Ataman (2005-8), A.C.A.D.E.M.Y(2006), and Summit – Non Aligned Initiatives in Education Culture (2007).

e-flux journal is edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood and Anton Vidokle.

The Interdisciplinary Seminar was designed twelve years ago to contribute a regular and sustaining discussion on artistic practice for the students of The School of Art at The Cooper Union and the creative community that surrounds them. The Interdisciplinary Seminar is organized by Doug Ashford and Saskia Bos.

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