- Video from our Fall 2013 "The Politics of Parametricism" conference is now available through these links:
1. Keynote, Friday:
2. Panel 1, Saturday:
3. Panel 2, Saturday:
4. Panel 3, Saturday:
- Video from the Hannah Arendt conference earlier this semester, featuring Martín Plot: Please find a link to the videos of the lectures of the first conference day at the Villa Aurora on the following website: http://www.villa-aurora.org/en/event-archive/hannah091113rueck.html or at http://www.villa-aurora.org/en/video-and-audio.html.
- Double feature at the West Hollywood Public Library, on Friday November 22nd: from 3-6pm, poet and literary theorist Stathis Gourgouris will discuss his new book Lessons in Secular Criticism. This will be Stathis' second visit to the program. At 8pm, WHAP! presents a "Science and Its Fictions" panel, with Amanda Beech, Arman Avanessian, and Reza Negarestani. We know it's a long drive to West Hollywood, but this is a two-for-one deal...
- The School of Film/Video, in collaboration with the MA Aesthetics and Politics program, ICAP & The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences proudly presents “The First Lady of Iranian Cinema”, Award-Winning Filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad in residence at CalArts and REDCAT, November 18-22.
REDCAT, Mon. Nov. 18, 8:30 pm, Jack H. Skirball Series: “The Hidden Cost of Violence”.
Iran’s most celebrated female filmmaker, Rakhshan Banietemad, screens two passionate and fascinating explorations of the impact of the recent electoral processes in Iran. We Are Half of Iran's Population (Ma Nimi Az Jameiate Iranim, 2009, video, 42 min) shows a diverse coalition of women’s rights activists engaged in the political debate. In the world premiere of See You Tomorrow Elina! (Farda Mibinamet Elina, 2013, DVD, 52 min), Banietemad returns to the kindergarten where she had enrolled her daughter, Baran—now an actress and activist who has since appeared in many of Banietemad’s narrative films. The film compares the violence witnessed by Iranian kindergarten students during the Iran–Iraq War of the 1980s with that of the recent political protests following the country’s 2009 elections.
CalArts, Tue. Nov. 19, 7:00 pm, Bijou Auditorium, “Structuring Strategies”: Under the Skin of the City (Zir-e Pust-e Shahr, 2001).
Rakhshan Banietemad's urban drama centers on Tuba (Golab Adineh), a factory worker and matriarch of a raucous Tehran family. Her older daughter is pregnant and married to an abusive husband. The younger one (Baran Kosari), a high school student, is consumed with worry over a neighbor girl who suffers abuse at the hands of her father. Her youngest son is caught up in political radicalism and in danger of derailing his college aspirations, and the older one, Abbas (Mohammad Reza Forutan), is disgusted with his dead-end job and will do almost anything to realize his dream of moving to Japan to support the family…
Thursday, Nov 21, 1:00 pm, Bijou Auditorium: A joint event between the Seminar “Femininity as Performance,” the FDP Visiting Artist Program and the MA Aesthetics and Politics program: Nargess (1992).
Banietemad’s fourth narrative feature, Nargess, brought her renown with its enthralling story of a young working-class woman who captivates a lonely thief. Estranged from his family, the criminal turns to his accomplice and sometime lover for her assistance in securing Nargess’s hand in marriage. The older woman agrees, on the condition that he remain her partner in crime and that they rekindle their relationship. Banietemad uses the fractured love triangle as a poetic compass to chart the map of a nation torn between traditional social and gender roles and driven by a raw cupidity for wealth at any cost.
- Livestream the Politics of Parametricism Conference here.
- From MA candidate Tatiana Vahan; and with some of the art students who have been taking our core and elective courses over the years...
- Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th, at REDCAT: "The Politics of Parametricism: Digital Technologies and the Future(s) of Sociality". Organized by MA program alumn Manuel Shvartzberg and Matthew Poole, this conference is part of the digital studies initiative that the MA program launched in collaboration with French philosopher of technology Bernard Stiegler in the Fall of 2012. The conference will continue some of the themes of our Fall 2012 "The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism" conference.
- Thursday, November 14th, 4-7pm, at CalArts (Butler Building 4): a workshop about parametricism, with architect Liss C. Werner. Titled "Parametricism: Aesthetics and Architecture--a Continuum", the workshop will introduce students to key issues related to parametricism.
- Lydia Davis reads from her work Tuesday November 12th, 7-9pm, at LANGLEY! This reading is part of the Interventions course. There will be another reading tomorrow at REDCAT. More info on the REDCAT website.
- Martín Plot at "What is Politics?" conference about Hannah Arendt. November 9th and 10th, at Villa Aurora and Skirball Cultural Center.
- Douglas Kearney and Tisa Bryant on "textual orality" at Eastern Michigan University this week.
- CalArts and UCLA present: "Three lectures by Bernard Stiegler". Bernard Stiegler is the director of the department of cultural development at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris and also a professor at the University of Technology of Compiègne where he teaches philosophy. Before taking up the post at the Pompidou Center, he was program director at the International College of Philosophy, Deputy Director General of the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, then Director General at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). In 2010 he founded the high school and international graduate school of philosophy, Ecole de Philosophie d’Epineuil-le-Fleuriel. Stiegler has published numerous books and articles on philosophy, technology, digitization, capitalism, consumer culture, etc. He is one of the founders of the political group Ars Industrialis based in Paris, which calls for an industrial politics of spirit, by exploring the possibilities of the technology of spirit, to bring forth a new “life of the mind.” With the support of the Mission Culturelle et Universitaire of the French Embassy in the US.
“On Automatization”, Saturday, October 26th, Reception 4pm, Lecture 5pm, UCLA, Architecture and Urban Design, 1317 Perloff Hall
“On Abbas Kiarostami’s Close Up”, Monday, October 28th, Lecture 3pm, CalArts, MA Aesthetics and Politics, West Hollywood library Community Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
“On Friendship and Neighbors”, Tuesday, Oct 29, Lecture 4pm, UCLA, Humanities Building 193.
- The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts invites you to the Retirement Concert of Contemporary Musical Artist and African-American Creative Music Legend, Wadada Leo Smith. Wadada, the Golden Quartet and the Pacific Red Coral Ensemble will perform three sections of his Pulitzer-nominated (finalist) Ten Freedom Summers collection.
Panel Discussion: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 2 pm, Wild Beast.
Anthony Davis, Guest Speaker (UCSD, composer of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X)
Charles Gaines (School of Art)
Douglas Kearney (School of Critical Studies)
Wadada Leo Smith
Concert: Ten Freedom Summers
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Noon, Main Gallery
- "Is there anyone here?" I was asking about the city. Please join us for World Two of the "Interventions" Series, as literary innovator Renee Gladman reads from and discusses her ongoing series about the invented city-state of Ravicka. Reception to follow. Tuesday, October 22nd, 7-9 pm. Butler Building #4, CalArts. Gladman is assistant professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. She received a B.A. in philosophy from Vassar College, and a Master’s degree in poetics from New College of California. She is the author of six works of prose, and one collection of poetry. Since 2005, she has operated Leon Works, an independent press for experimental prose and other thought-projects based in the sentence, making occasional forays into poetry.
- Join us for the yearly MA thesis reading on Thursday October 3rd, at 7pm, in the library. Speaker line-up will include students from the 2012-2013 academic year. This event will also be the book launch for our MA student writing anthology, In/Form. This year's volume, edited by Douglas Kearney and designed by Jacob Halpern, is titled Poly-. Come get your free copy!
- The third volume of Cahiers du post-diplôme, published by our partner program in France (European School of Visual Arts), is now out. The volume includes a text by MA faculty Arne De Boever.
- The Italian philosophy journal Azimuth publishes its aesthetics and politics issue, with contributions by MA faculty Arne De Boever and Martín Plot and MA program alumn Manuel Shvartzberg. Other contributors include Fredric Jameson and Thomas Macho.
- Does the secret to neo-liberalism's success lie in the novels of Ayn Rand? Come hear noted cultural studies scholar Lisa Duggan unpack Rand's affective intervention into the twentieth--and twenty-first--century U.S. political landscape. Enjoy a lively discussion with MFA Creative Writing Program and MA Aesthetics & Politics students and faculty as we kick off our "Interventions" visitors series. Tuesday, September 24th, 7--9pm in BB4 Seminar Room, with wine and cheese reception to follow. More info on our Interventions page.
- In the Spring 2014, we'll be welcoming Fred Moten as our Theorist in Residence. This residency will mark Fred's second visit to the program. More info on our Theorist in Residence page.
- We're extremely pleased to announce that Travis Wilkerson will be joining us this semester as Visiting Faculty. A filmmaker working in the tradition of "third cinema", Travis will be teaching the MA core course "Critical Discourse in the Arts and the Media". More info on our Visiting Faculty page.
- Welcome back! All of our WHAP! events are up. Most of the speakers in our brand-new Interventions course have now been announced. The program for our Fall conference on parametricism--see image below--has also been posted. So mark your calendars!
Image courtesy Peter Vikar