September 13, 2018

WHAP! fall 2018 lecture series: Network, Conflict, (in)Security

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Photo: Rafael Hernandez.

WHAP! stands for the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series. Launched in the fall of 2011, the series is co-hosted by the City of West Hollywood and CalArts MA Aesthetics and Politics Program. The series’ year-long line-up ranges from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture, and philosophy.

Fall 2018 series
All lectures: 7:30pm—Community Room

October 5
"Experiments in Joy: Performance/ Writing & Collaboration" A lecture and discussion with Gabrielle Civil

October 12
“Scaling Empire: Security, Sensation, and the Queer Life of the Forever War” A lecture and discussion with Ronak Kapadia

October 26
"I Feel Love”: Race, Gender, Technē, and the (Im)Proper Sonic Habitus" A lecture and discussion with Kara Keeling

November 16
“Towards a Transpacific Undercommons” A lecture and discussion with Aimee Bahng

November 30
“Automating Racial Empathy: Virtual Reality and the Undercommons” A lecture and discussion with Lisa Nakamura

All events are free and open to the public.

This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division (@WeHoArts).

About the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program
The MA Aesthetics and Politics Program offers a unique degree experience 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, including 2018 / 2019 Theorist in Residence N. Katherine Hayles.

For more information on the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program, including how to apply for fall 2019 admission to its new 2-year model, go to, or contact Seth Blake at [email protected].

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