Public Talk | The Political Aesthetics of Social Form by Sven Lütticken
27 March 2018Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Image: "New World Embassy: Rojava," by The Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and Studio Jonas Staal.
The Political Aesthetics of Social Form | Public Talk by Sven Lütticken
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 8 PM
There has been a formal turn in art and social theory – with Judith Butler’s theorization of assembly as plural forms of performative action, for instance, being taken up in visual artist Jonas Staal’s proposal for “assemblism” as a morphological practice. However, such political formalisms still find themselves operating under conditions that are shaped by a different kind of form that is not immediately accessible to the senses, but rather operating like a deep structure that moulds reality. Here one can think of the capitalist value-form in its networked manifestations, and of the accompanying legal and technoscientific forms. Working together, and at times against each other, these forms of “real abstraction” can produce certain social manifestations and prevent others. The elaboration of organizational forms thus needs to be complemented by an engagement with the dominant schemata that structure subjects and objects, and forms of collaboration and collectivity. This lecture will discuss some of the possibilities of working with (and against) these operational abstractions – and using them as mediums to be (de-)transformed.