Thu, Fri, Sat — Natascha Sadr Haghighian with Thomas Keenan and Avery Gordon

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Date/Time: 23/10/2008 12:00 am

Night School Public Seminar 9: Sleepwalking in a dialectical picture puzzle Natascha Sadr Haghighian with Thomas Keenan and Avery Gordon
Part of Night School, Museum as Hub Discussions
[Warning this event is not free, only free with museum admission]
Thursday Oct 23, 2008
Day 1
7:30 PM at New Museum
40 minutes between the boards
An introduction by Natascha Sadr Haghighian
A series of blackboards are installed in the auditorium. Objects sketched in chalk on the boards serve as coordinates for a forty-minute theoretical walk-through. The drawings function as links to theory, personal experiences, and questions that arise from problems with representational formats. The walk-through operates in between those coordinates, reflecting on defacement, renaming, and other possible and impossible ways of confronting representations one can’t get rid of: representations that, through their apparitional features, block the access to situations, to negotiation and to change.
Friday Oct 24, 2008
Day 2
40 minutes between the shelves, Part 1
7:30 PM at New Museum
A conversation with Thomas Keenan
The corridors of a nearby store serve as the matrix for a conversation and critical reflection on presenting and representing as two different approaches to the political. Referring to concepts of the performativity of language and the operative and transformative power of “speaking the object,” Thomas Keenan and Natascha Sadr Haghighian discuss political agency that overcomes the distance of representation.
Haghighian and Keenan navigate through a selection of the store’s objects and functions, which serve as coordinates for the conversation, while a video image of the store’s interior is broadcast in the auditorium.
Saturday Oct 25, 2008
Day 3
7:30 PM at New Museum
[apologies for those who may have attended this, it was at 3:00]
40 minutes between the shelves, Part 2
A conversation with Avery Gordon
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Natascha Sadr Haghighian works in the fields of video, performance, computer, and sound, and is primarily concerned with the sociopolitical implications of constructions of vision from a central perspective and with abstract events within the structure of industrial society, as well as with the strategies and returning circulations that become apparent in them.
Instead of a CV, Natascha Sadr Haghighian started bioswop.net, an Internet platform for CV-exchange where artists and other cultural practitioners can borrow and lend CVs for various purposes. The aim is to have more and more people exchanging their CVs for representational purposes. For more information go to bioswop.net
Night School is an artist’s project by Anton Vidokle in the form of a temporary school. A yearlong program of monthly seminars and workshops, Night School draws upon a group of local and international artists, writers, and theorists to conceptualize and conduct the program. This month’s seminar is conceived by Natascha Sadr Haghighian.
*This event is free with Museum admission, but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved online or at the Museum prior to the seminar’s start.

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