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Spike Talks: Critical Conditions

Critique and Precarity:
Fulvia Carnevale (Claire Fontaine) & Rory Rowan

… will discuss the question of maintaining autonomy and criticality when the pressure from outside (whether from the art world system, bureaucratic infrastructure, or simply needing to pay the rent) seems to be getting greater and greater. What forms of criticality are still possible? Can the institution be a positive force that works “in the interests of art” and intellectual engagement? What functions does art still have beyond affirmation or simply maintaining the status quo?

Fulvia Carnevale is, with James Thornhill, one of the “assistants” of Claire Fontaine, a collective artist based in Paris. Claire Fontaine’s practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary society today.

Rory Rowan is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich’s Political Geography Research Unit, where his work crosses the fields of geography, political theory, philosophy and the environmental humanities. He has contributed writing on politics, philosophy, art and cultural criticism to number of publications including e-Flux, Mute, Progress in Human Geography and Society & Space.

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