January 15, 2021

MA Aesthetics and Politics 2021 Theorist in Residence: McKenzie Wark

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

McKenzie Wark. Photo: Heather Sten.

CalArts’ MA Aesthetics and Politics Program is delighted to announce that media theorist and cultural studies scholar McKenzie Wark will be its 2021 Theorist in Residence.

McKenzie Wark is the author, among other things, of Capital is Dead (Verso Books), Sensoria (Verso Books), Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotexte) and various other things. Her next book is Philosophy for Spiders: On the Low Theory of Kathy Acker, to be published by Duke University Press in fall 2021. She is currently editing a special issue of eflux journal on trans | fem | aesthetics, to be published in spring 2021. She was awarded the Thoma Prize for digital art writing in 2019. She is professor of culture and media at Eugene Lang College, the undergraduate liberal arts division of The New School, in New York City.

This residency is made possible by the MA Aesthetics and Politics program at CalArts, in collaboration with the Research project “Finance Fiction,” Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen.

As part of her tenure as Theorist in Residence, Wark will deliver two public lectures, both of which will be streamed live here.

Wednesday, January 20, 10am–1pm (PST)
“Philosophy for Spiders: On Kathy Acker”: McKenzie Wark, in conversation with Matias Viegener

Friday, January 22, 10am–1pm (PST)
“The Cis Gaze”: McKenzie Wark, introduced and moderated by Andrea Fontenot

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.

Institute scholarships, teaching opportunities, and post-graduate teaching and artistic fellowships are available to qualified domestic and international applicants. For more information on how to apply for fall 2021 admission, or to schedule a virtual class visit, contact Seth Blake at sblake [​at​]

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