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January 23, 2023

Spring programs 2023

Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, the world like a jewel in the hand–unlearning imperial plunder ii (still), 2022. Single-channel digital video, color, sound, 58 mins. Courtesy of the artist.

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is pleased to announce its spring 2023 programs under its 2022–24 focus theme Correction*. With conversations, film screenings, performances, publications, a reading series, and an exhibition, the VLC’s spring roster features projects that explore decolonial frameworks for unpacking notions of “correction.”

Panel discussion
Cybercultures and Cyberfeminisms
Monday, January 30, 2023, 8–9:30pm EST
Online

Bringing together histories of technoscientific study and cultural metaphors of inheritance and kinship, this program with Maria Fernandez, Mindy Seu, Margaret Tan, and moderator Irina Aristkharkova focuses on cyberfeminism, looking at recent art that draws on (re)generative technologies of artificial intelligence and biological reproduction. This program is part of SWEET PEA: YOUR OTHER PROGENY, curated by The New School faculty member Jeannine Tang for the Singapore Biennial, presented in partnership with the Singapore Art Museum.

Correction* seminar III
Correcting Mistaken Ideas: Revisiting the People’s Program at Lincoln Hospital
Monday, February 13, 2023, 6–7:30pm EST (originally scheduled for December 2022)
Online

For the third VLC Correction* Seminar, acupuncturist, community organizer, and former Young Lord Walter Bosque shares the history of radical acupuncture at the People’s Program, a drug treatment organization founded in 1970 at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx by the Young Lords along with members of the Black Panther Party and the Health Revolutionary Unity Movement. Monxo López, curator and co-founder of South Bronx Unite, responds in conversation on collective care practices.

Convening & Sámi Fellowship presentation
Conflicting Relations
Saturday, March 11, 2023, 11–4pm EST
Starr Foundation Hall, The New School

Co-presented with Frame Contemporary Art Finland as part of its 2019–23 Rehearsing Hospitalities series, this two-part program brings together institutions, curators, and artists whose practices go beyond hospitality and act as correctives to prescribed host and guest hierarchies. It does so in dialogue with Matti Aikio (2022–2023 Vera List Center Sámi Fellow), whose practice considers Indigenous sovereignty and the ongoing conflict between Sámi culture and the Nordic nation states’ use of natural resources.

Screening
Ariella Aïsha Azoulay: the world like a jewel in the hand
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 6:30–8 pm EDT
Kellen Auditorium, The New School

A screening and conversation with author, curator, and filmmaker Ariella Aïsha Azoulay marks the New York City premiere of the world like a jewel in the hand—unlearning imperial plunder ii (2022), a new film that considers the so-called relics of history, inviting resistance, reinterpretation, and reclamation of a world deemed lost.

Exhibition
C& Center of Unfinished Business
April–May 2023
The New School

The Vera List Center iteration of C& Center of Unfinished Business, a roving reading room and discussion-based program, presents a selection of texts that speak to the persistence and presence of colonialism in contemporary life alongside titles from the VLC Fellows Library and The New School faculty. The exhibition hosts a reading series that inscribes the VLC’s focus theme Correction* into colonial legacies and postcolonial realities.

Libraries as Correctives: C& Center of Unfinished Business, Keleketla! Library, and Sister Library with Asia Art Archive
Monday, April 24, 2023, 10–11:30 am EDT
Online

Correction* seminar series
Seminar IV: Reform: Between Labor and Institutions
Monday, February 27, 2023, 6:30–8 pm EST
Wollman Hall, The New School

Seminar V: Body and Self
Monday, April 10, 2023, 6–7:30 pm EDT
Online

Seminar VI: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization: Rematriation and Preservation
Monday, May 1, 2023, 6–7:30 pm EDT
Online

Publications
Breaking Protocol
Edited by Maria Hupfield, co-published by the Vera List Center and Inventory Press (May 2023), in association with the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands. Pre-order through D.A.P. 2020–22 Borderlands Fellow Maria Hupfield’s artist book Breaking Protocol explores Indigenous modes of artmaking and performance. Book launch in spring 2023 to be announced.

Maria Thereza Alves: Seeds of Change
Edited by Carin Kuoni and Wilma Lukatsch, co-published by the Vera List Center and Amherst College Press (April 2023).
Seeds of Change is the first monograph to document Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves’s twenty-year investigation into the hidden history of ballast flora—displaced plant seeds found in the soil used to balance shipping vessels during the colonial period.

A book launch on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 is organized in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, during Art Basel, with other events to be announced. The ebook is now available on Fulcrum here. A digital version of contributor Marisa Prefer’s photo essay “Wild plants/Queer Landscapes” is now available on the VLC website here.

Post/doc
Post/doc is a new biannual publishing series for discursive, speculative, experimental writing, and artistic practices. The series features works by writers, artists, musicians, and poets paired together and jointly published, building on the center’s focus themes. The first commissions for the Correction* cycle feature Jason Lipeles and danilo machado, and are available on the VLC website.

For more information, full program listings, and registration, visit veralistcenter.org.

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