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Lecture by Professor T.J. Demos, Radical Futurisms: Insurgent Universality, Solidarity, and Worlds-to-Come, a part of the Overview Effect project.Talk programs | 08.02.2021
The Otolith Group, Infinity Minus Infinity, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to a lecture by Professor T.J. Demos, “Radical Futurisms: Insurgent Universality, Solidarity, and Worlds-to-Come”, a part of the “Overview Effect” project.
Thursday, 11 February 2021
6 pm – 7:30 pm CET
The lecture will take place on Zoom and will be accessible through the Museum's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MSUB.MoCAB/
This presentation addresses current artistic modelings of radical futurisms and worlds-to-come that refuse surrender to capitalist realism, and where radical imagination meets radical praxis is in the material forces of solidarity, the political form of collective belonging, more than ever necessary today in the collective battle against international fascisms and global neoliberalisms, but which also involves a necessary act of dis-belonging to overcome the particularisms of essentialist identity. How can solidarity operate anew on that basis? While acknowledging the bankruptcy of Eurocentric universalisms, this presentation defends approaches to insurgent political formations beyond identitarian fragmentation, including a political aesthetics of abolition—ultimately of racial and colonial capitalism. The talk will use as reference point three international examples of contemporary art — those of Thirza Jean Cuthand, The Otolith Group, and Black Quantum Futurism.
T. J. Demos is the Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, at University of California, Santa Cruz, and founding Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. Demos is the author of numerous books, including Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Sternberg Press, 2017); Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology(Sternberg Press, 2016); The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013) – winner of the College Art Association’s 2014 Frank Jewett Mather Award – and Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013). Demos co-curated Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, at Nottingham Contemporary in January 2015, and organized Specters: A Ciné-Politics of Haunting, at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid in 2014. During 2019–21, with the Center for Creative Ecologies, and as a Getty research institute scholar, he’s working on a Mellon-funded research project, art exhibition, and book project dedicated to the questions: what comes after the end of the world, and how can we cultivate futures of social justice within capitalist ruins? His new book, Beyond the World’s End: Arts of Living at the Crossing was recently released by Duke University Press.