Monday, 5 March 2012

Deleuze and Guattari and Occupy – facilitated by Andrew Conio

Sadly the recording is not only very ropey but it only features the first half with Conio and Thoburn. Hopefully a better quality and complete recording will surface soon.

Date(s) - 25/02/2012
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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School of Ideas, Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8RX
An afternoon of talks, by leading writers about the relevance of Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas to Occupy.
Deleuze and Guattari’s writings are considered, by political activists, philosophers,
artists and writers to provide the most insightful analysis of the crisis we face
today. Indeed, it is claimed that the rhizomic, nomadic and creative nature of
Occupy is inherently DeleuzeoGuattarian. This afternoon of talks by some of the
leading Deleuzian Scholars tests these claims and asks; does Deleuze and Guattari’s
conceptual apparatus scythe right through to the heart of capitalist production: do
they provide vitalist, non-paranoid, (entirely pragmatic) systems of thought around
which both a world can be torn down and a new one built?

How it feels to be free: becoming-together with Deleuze & Guattari.
Jeremy Gilbert, Reader at the University of East London.
Jeremy is a writer, researcher and activist whose work has appeared in various
British, continental, American and Australian publications and has been translated
into French, Spanish and German. His most recent book is, Anticapitalism and
Culture and he has co-authored books on the philosophy of dance music and the
relationship between culture and politics in Blair’s Britain as well as publishing
numerous articles on cultural theory, politics and music.

‘Minor Politics, Activism, and Occupy’.
Nick Thoburn, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology: University of
Nick has published in leading journals such as Social Text, Economy and Society, New
Formations, and Theory, Culture and Society. He is the author of Deleuze, Marx and
Politics (Routledge, translated into Korean and Turkish) and co-editor of Deleuze and
Politics (Edinburgh University Press).

Deleuze and Capitalism.
Andrew Conio is Senior Lecturer University of Wolverhampton, Associate Lecturer
Chelsea School of Art.
Andrew interprets and develops of the ideas of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
in a range of contexts from Philosophy to Aesthetics, from Architecture to
Psychoanalysis. He has recently written for the Journal for Literary, Cultural and
Language Studies; Deleuze Studies and Architectural Theory Review. Andrew is also
an artist and filmmaker.

Landmark Seizures (2012) Nicole Bachmann, Ralph Dorey, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Gino Saccone, Evan Calder Williams

This is a demonstration
Landmark Seizures is the strata of works by five artists and writers, printed in blue soy based ink and bound rather crudely together with some staples. Instability and the need to negotiate or wield a hidden unknowable material is a common concern within these works. Images and language are not simply faltering and flawed but used as such to a means beyond themselves alone. Rather than a play on the surface each artist here involved is trying to deal with something underneath.

 If things are unstable, as they undoubtedly are, then among the strategies to deal with this involve perhaps a mutual de-stabilising. However, historical attempts have demonstrated that it is not enough to simply scatter the pieces in protest against the tyranny of reason and ideology. Equally we have been shown that it is not enough to offer commentary upon the indistinction between scattered and ordered pieces. The artists who’s work makes up Landmark Seizures are engaged in different ways with the uneasy acts of poiesis in which their own agency operates alongside an awareness of the raw material they deal with and its inherent potential for generative disorder.

Ultimately though, it is important to remember that Landmark Seizures is just a demonstration. The standardisation of its form, the limiting of artists working within video, performance, sculpture to 6 pages of monotone print is an intentional hobbling of the above described processes. Landmark Seizures is both an object and a proposal for (but not a representation of) work outside itself. A combination of super-works not yet realised across five artists in a space as yet undetermined.

The hidden unstable space of Landmark Seizures is the unstable exhibitions that it will become at locations yet to be fixed. 

Nicole Bachmann (CH) completed her MFA at Goldsmiths College London in 2010. Her recent shows include “Performance as Publishing” at the South London Gallery, “Ha, around the corner” a solo show at Perla Mode, Zurich and a performance at Kunsthalle Basel in January 2012. In 2008 she won the Prix National and had a solo presentation at the Young Art Fair, Liste Basel. She also publishes the fanzine series “Me and My Friends” which she presented at “The New York Art Book Fair” in 2010.

“I work across the expanded fields of drawing, sculpture, video and publishing. I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008. I am interested in the agency of matter and the corruption of language as tools against misplaced power. I believe strongly in instability and the beautiful potential that reason has served to obscure. I wrote this in December 2011.” Ralph Dorey.

Beatriz Olabarrieta is represented by MOT Gallery in London.

Gino Saccone is represented by Galerie Gabriel Rolt in Amsterdam.

Evan Calder Williams does a number of activities concerning communism, horror, ornament, and cinema under the project Socialism and/or Barbarism.  He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse, Roman Letters, and Escape From Venice.

Title: Landmark Seizures
Authors: Nicole Bachmann, Ralph Dorey, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Gino Saccone, Evan Calder Williams
Date: 2012
Publisher: Sender Brocken
Size: 210 x 148 mm
Pages: 36
Edition: 150

Federal blue risograph print on cyclus / evercopy recycled paper.
Printed by The Hato Press.