Seminar 78 // 4, 5, 6, 7 December 2019 // London


Curatorial/Knowledge Seminar, 5 – 7 December 2019


Thursday 5 December 11am - 5pm

Location: Richard Hoggart Building, room 307

11am – 1.30pm Morning session

Irit Rogoff and Adnan Madani

Initiating a discussion on ‘Value', whose changing understanding will be a key aspect of our ongoing discussion. 
We will look at Brian Massumi's 99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: Theses 1- 11.

1.30 – 2.30pm Lunch

2.30 – 5pm Afternoon session

Brian Massumi's 99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: Theses 32-33.

For context, we are adding a short text by dance and performance theorist Bojana Cvejic, "Brian Massumi - Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t", who writes an appreciation both theoretical and methodological of Massumi’s work.

- Brian Massumi, 99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018).
- Bojana Cvejic, "Brian Massumi - Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t”, November 2007.


Visual Cultures Public Programme 5 – 7pm
Location: Professor Stuart Hall Building, room LG02

World, War, Zoo: Zoo-Break Narratives in a Biopolitical Frame
Kári Driscoll

This talk explores the bio- and zoo-political implications of the motif of the zoo in wartime in relation to the question of (en)framing and the disruption of established frames. As John 
Berger observes, “in principle, each cage is a frame round the animal inside it.” The zoo cage represents a physical and symbolic boundary between human and animal: in essence, it re-enacts the founding gesture of human sovereignty by means of what Agamben calls the “inclusive exclusion” of bare, biological life (zoē) within qualified, political life (bíos). As Brian Massumi notes, this framing gesture is in fact double: even in situations where the strict nature/culture binary seems to break down, the larger biopolitical framework remains intact. Thus, one might argue that the recent proliferation of “zoo-break” narratives, in which the established order breaks down, often as a result of war or natural disaster, ultimately serves only to reinforce the biopolitical norm by imagining a state of exception. And yet, the cages of the zoo are not merely a frame around the animals inside; in such narratives, the zoo itself serves as a frame for other questions relating to memory and violence, mourning and hope, which are thus in turn reframed as more-than-human. The zoo, then, can also be seen as a “frame of war” (Butler) in which human and nonhuman lives become grievable. In that case, perhaps the multispecies entanglements that become visible during these zoo-break scenarios may hold greater potential for a more-than-human politics in the Anthropocene.

Kári Driscoll is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is the editor, with Eva Hoffmann, of What Is Zoopoetics? – Texts, Bodies, Entanglement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and, with Susanne C. Knittel, of “Memory after Humanism”, a special issue of Parallax. His current research project is entitled “Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene.”

“World, War, Zoo: Zoo-Break Narratives in a Biopolitical Frame” is part of the Visual Cultures Public Programme Autumn 2019 - Living Extinctions, co-organised by Wood Roberdeau & Lynn Turner with the support of the Goldsmiths Critical Ecologies research stream.




Friday 6 December 11 am – 6 pm

11am – 2pm Morning session
Location: Richard Hoggart Building, room 307

Adnan Madani will focus the discussion on Marilyn Strathern text “Opening up Relations” in Marisol de Cadena, World of Many Worlds, Duke University Press, 2019.

- Marilyn Strathern, ‘Opening up Relations’. In A World of Many Worlds, edited by Marisol de la Cadena and Mario Blaser, Durham : Duke University Press, 2018: 23–52

2 – 3pm Lunch

3 – 6pm Afternoon session

Location: Professor Stuart Hall Building, room 326

Haunted by History

Curatorial/Knowledge invites you for a seminar with Coco Fusco. In partnership with The Showroom, London.

Coco Fusco's presentation will focus on her most recent book "Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba” (2015, Tate Publishing). Coco will be sharing her research and showing videos of the work she discusses.

Here you can find a PDF of the book. Goldsmiths staff and students are welcome. Tate Publishing requests that this be an internal Goldsmiths event as they have planned additional events for the public.




Saturday 7 December 12 – 4pm

Location: Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ 

Advanced Practices' Laboratory

Irit Rogoff

I have sent a message through the Google.doc that Sylvia has set up. For some reason, this Google.doc has now gone to everyone whoever was part of C/K and so we will need to pare down the list of names for this Doc. So it will be a conversation space rather than a broadcasting space.

Please start entering into this Google.doc your different ideas for how we can run the lab and the different references for similar activity that you might have  the doc will be our repository and we need to figure out how to organise it so that parts of it will be an archive space for interesting projects, part an ongoing conversation on the protocols we will be using and part a platform on which we can actually create something new.

We will discuss the different suggestions for protocols that have come up so far.




Seminar Dates: 
Wed, 04/12/2019 - 14:00 - Sat, 07/12/2019 - 16:00