As an artistic research program, ACT is perennially concerned with emerging modes of expression that explore evolving forms of knowledge production. In this context, the program’s Fall 2019 Lecture Series asks, “What is art if not an event?”
Philosopher Alain Badiou describes an event as a multiplication of conditions which may not always make sense according to the perceived rules of the ‘situation,’ and which, in coming into being, must provoke, out of a dynamic intervention, something new as that which cannot easily be assigned. The works of the four artists in the Fall 2019 ACT Lecture Series raise some of these same issues in terms of how one might consider the conditions of events in relation to the questions their individual projects explore. Each artist, in different ways, addresses how it is that art functions as an event.
Sept. 23 | Sarah Oppenheimer | fe_20190923: periodic function
Oct. 7 | Gediminas Urbonas | Wet Ontologies of the Swamp
Dec. 2 | Naeem Mohaiemen | A Missing Can of Film
ACT’s Fall 2019 series is conceived by Judith Barry, ACT Director, and coordinated with Marissa Friedman, Communications and Public Programs Coordinator.
This lecture series is made possible with the generous support of The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT).