March 26, 2006

UTOPIA STATION at Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

March 29-30, 2006

Image: Roemer Van Toorn

When a project like Utopia Station moves into its fourth year, picked up, interrupted, restarted, held over, it becomes an ongoing conversation that moves between Stations, and people. Things said once have stuck. Things seen once have stuck. No one remembers everything the same. The ground outside keeps shifting.

This year the question of free speech rises up into the conversations inside and outside Utopia Station. Obviously the question is public and urgent. We meet therefore to examine this question and to move it. To do so we shall use a program of talks, screenings, messages and images, in other words, the conversation that has always travelled freely, and always taken the speech question to be first of all practical.

What does free speech say?

Bring something. Take something away.

Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija will present and moderate the program:

Wednesday, 6 p.m., 302 Frist Campus Center

includes contributions by: Julieta Aranda, Matthew Barney and Arto Lindsay, Daniel Birnbaum, Building Transmissions, Paul Chan, Leon Golub, Joseph Grima, Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, Karl Holmqvist, Alexander Kluge, Elizabeth Linden, Jonas Mekas, Nisaa (The Arab Women’s Project), Raqs Media Collective, Pedro Reyes, Allan Sekula, Nancy Spero, Agnès Varda, and Anton Vidokle

Thursday, 4:30 p.m., 101 McCormick Hall

includes contributions by: The Atlas Group, Liam Gillick, Edouard Glissant, Thomas Hirschhorn, M/M, Toni Negri, Philippe Parreno and Rirkrit Tiravanija, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Kendall Thomas, Immanuel Wallerstein, Lawrence Weiner, and Yang Fudong

Sponsored by the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, the Council of the Humanities, and the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

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