Infrastructural Unconscious – freethought – Bergen Assembly

freethought invites Territorial Agency to deliver the introductory lecture of their Infrastructure project for the Bergen Assembly at Hordaland kunstsenter.

Divisions in space, divisions in time: a new set of spaces are being transformed, territories reconfigured, power relations reshaped and authorities repositioned, connections severed and reorganised.

As we exit the Holocene and enter the Anthropocene, the new dynamics and scales of the spaces under transformation mark a distinct inversion from the extensions of modern territories: from extension toward intensity, with no possibility of an outside.The architecture of these transformations is marked by a rapid institutionalisation of space, with new borders, new enclosures, new internal connections. The infrastructural procedures thatcharacterise these intensifications are shaped by a transition from a political space to an administrative space.

This lecture presents a variety of visual materials and set out an inquiry into the models to govern, order,affect and structure territorial change by measuring, surveying, quantifying, evaluating, connecting and linking.




Bergen Assembly

How to sort out the many ambiguities of the concept of the Anthropocene – Lecture by Bruno Latour

In the ambit of the Anthropocene Observatory project in Utrecht,  BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht organise a lecture by philosopher Bruno Latour, followed by a response by anthropologist Anna Tsing. The lecture takes place on Saturday, 18 April 2015 from 11.00–13.00 hrs at the Stadsschouwburg in Utrecht.

This gathering centers around the so-called Anthropocene thesis that identifies our present time as a geological epoch defined by human disturbance of Earth’s ecosystems. Bruno Latour discusses the use—and many ambiguities—of the hybrid, novel, and yet unstable concept of the Anthropocene as one informed by the disciplines of geology, philosophy, theology, and social science. Latour has articulated the Anthropocene as a “wake-up call,” radically reframing both the time and space we find ourselves living in. The final refusal of the separation between Nature and Human, which “has paralyzed science and politics since the dawn of modernism,” the Anthropocene is the most probable alternative we have to usher ourselves out of the notion of modernization at a point when “the dreams that could be nurtured at the time of the Holocene cannot last.” Anna Tsing responds to Latour’s lecture from the perspective of her own research on the notion of “living in the Anthropocene,” weaving together insights from the fields of anthropology, biology, and philosophy to inquire into the possible ways of understanding the “kinds of lives that are made and the futures that are possible in the ruined, re-wilded, and unintended landscapes” of this geological era.

Introduction by Maria Hlavajova, General and Artistic Director BAK

Introduction by Rosi Braidotti, Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University

Lecture by Bruno Latour

Introduction to response by Rosi Braidotti

Response by Anna Tsing

Conclusion notes

Bruno Latour is a philosopher, anthropologist, and sociologist of science who currently teaches at Sciences Po in Paris. His many books include An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (2013), Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (2005); Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy (2004); and We Have Never Been Modern (1991).

Anna Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Niels Bohr Professor in the Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, Aarhus. She is author of, among other books, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection (2005) as well as the co-edited volumes Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon (2009) (with Carol Gluck), Communities and Conservation: Histories and Politics of Community-Based Natural Resource Management (2005) (with J. Peter Brosius and Charles Zerner), and Nature in the Global South: Environmental Projects in South and Southeast Asia (2003) (with Paul Greenough).

The lecture is part of BAK’s long-term research series titled Future Vocabularies(2014–2016) and its chapter on “ Human-Inhuman-Posthuman,” developed in collaboration with prof. Rosi Braidotti in her capacity as BAK Research Fellow and co-organized with the Centre for the Humanities. Also part of this chapter, the exhibition and discursive environment Anthropocene Observatory by Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog), artist Armin Linke, and curator Anselm Franke is on view at BAK till 26 April 2015.

The activities of BAK have been made possible by the City Council of Utrecht and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands. The project Future Vocabularies is realized with generous support from the DOEN Foundation, Amsterdam.

AA Think Tank – Plan the Planet: Jaqueline Tyrwhitt and the Formation of International and Global Architecture

Plan the PlanetConference with Ellen Shoshkes, Keller Easterling, Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas, Irit Rogoff, John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, and others.

Organised with the support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

At the centre of a vast series of major modern architectural innovations was a woman largely unacknowledged, whose work has contributed to reshaping the ways we think the world. Jaqueline Tyrwhitt is the focus of the first of two symposia in London and the United States, which trace innovative trajectories linking modern architecture and urbanism to new technologies of vision and integrated spatial planning, international cooperations, and concepts of cohabitation around the entire planet. The symposia outline her work in connection to current discourses on contemporary architecture, urbanism, and planning on a global scale.