Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
PATRICIA REED: ON HORIZONLESS FUTURES
FREE. No registration required.
When: Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 7p.m.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
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Join us Wednesday, October 17 for a talk by Patricia Reed or on October 18 for an informal seminar.
When: October 17, 7 p.m.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre (2nd floor), Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
On Horizonless Futures
The difficulty in speaking of the future without evoking a horizon, points to the ubiquity this particular concept holds over our imaginaries that grapple with the unknown and the anticipatory. The persistence of this notion, in both spatial and metaphorical uses, however, highlights the general impact that geometric representations possess in undergirding our (inter-)relations to and in the world, guiding our mobility and senses of orientation within it.
While the title of this talk may sound dismally depressing, it points, rather, to the inadequacy of the ‘horizon’ in modelling orientation today, arguing for an update of our geometric concepts, and the subsequent perspectives that emerge from them. As a representational trope mimicking human optics, in linear perspective the horizon indexes not only our bio-sensory limitations, but also emphasizes vantage points emanating from individual (often static positions), obfuscating a reality that lays beyond our immediate optical reach (presentism), as well as modes of representing collective orientation.
Within our moment of heightened complexity, systemic interdependencies, and planetary-scale computation captured by the logic of platforms, such dynamics place us in conditions where governance takes place in multiple geographies simultaneously. ‘Situatedness’ is thusly distributed, and modes of representation commensurate with these dynamics compels us equally to develop diagrams of distributed perspectivalism. If, as Donna Haraway insisted, feminism must demand better accounts of reality, so too must we insist on better representational and/or metaphorical accounts of it as well. In this way, our futural orientation does not require the setting of a horizon, but an alienation from the conceptual schematic horizons, as such, delineate.
When: October 18, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Room 2205 (2nd floor), Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Join Patricia Reed for an informal graduate seminar the day after her public talk. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patricia Reed is an artist, writer and designer based in Berlin. As an artist, selected exhibitions include: The One and The Many, CUAG, Ottawa; The Museum of Capitalism, Oakland; Homeworks 7, Beirut; Witte de With, Rotterdam; HKW, Berlin; and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart. Recent writings have been published in Para-Platforms (Sternberg, forthcoming); Post-Meme (Punctum Books, forthcoming); e-flux Architecture; Xeno-Architecture (Sternberg Press, forthcoming); _AH Journal; Cold War Cold World (Urbanomic); Distributed (Open Editions); Moneylab #2 (Inst. of Networked Cultures) and The Neurotic Turn (Repeater Books). With Victoria Ivanova, she co-curated the 1948 Unbound: Tokens session with the House of World Cultures team, Berlin (2017), and was a theory researcher for Public Art Munich 2018. Reed is also part of the Laboria Cuboniks (techno-material feminist) working group who published the Xenofeminist Manifesto (2015), reissued by Verso books in autumn 2018 (forthcoming).
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