I will be giving a talk on Tuesday May 14th 2013, about “Creative cities and the challenge of sustainability” and exchanging with young Russian researchers in Social Sciences, at the St Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of a series of seminars thematically focused on the topic of the ‘creative city’, by invitation of the Centre for German and European Studies (Bielefeld University – St Petersburg State University).
Website of the Centre: http://www.zdes.spbu.ru/en
Update: webpage of the event: click here
On Sunday March 17th, 2013 at 15:00, Jenny Brown‘s exhibition Many Happy Returns will open, on show at SEMMER BERLIN, PROJECT SPACE until the end of April.
This show takes its name from an episode of The Prisoner, a 1967 cult British television series that follows a British former secret agent who is held prisoner in an isolated mysterious coastal village resort where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job.
The Village acts as a microcosm for our various government territories with their own jurisdictions and means for maintaining authority and control.
A collaboration between Jenny Brown and Sacha Kagan, BE SEEING YOU is one of the works on show. It includes an attempt, within a couple of hours only (directly before the opening, i.e. in a situation of urgency), to apply some tools from systems thinking and ‘sustainability science’ to map the complex issues of the Village situation in an attempt to assist The Prisoner to escape. The work also features Jenny’s portraits of people from around Mauerpark who are signalling the Village’s gesture that accompanies the farewell BE SEEING YOU.
Sacha will also be giving a short speech at the opening of the show, discussing how the television series critiques the illusions of ‘freedom’ as emancipation from attachments, and how we can look more appropriately to Bruno Latour’s good advice to help ourselves reconsider our attachments, and possibly even choose better ones.
B c ng U !
Update: Article about the show published in Cultura21’s webmagazine: “Be Seeing You! An art exhibition explores governmentality and the illusions of emancipation“
On Wednesday, March 6th 2013 from 16:00 to 17:30, I will be giving a talk at the Roskilde University (Denmark):
Art, creative cities and cultures of sustainability: Searching for (aesth)ethics of complexity
Location: Lecture room 05.1
This event is supported by the Institut Français of Denmark.