Seminar 29 // 17, 18, 19 November 2011 // London

Curatorial/Knowledge, November 16/17/18,  1st seminar, 2011/12 

Thursday 11-6 , November 17, 11am-2pm Room 328 RHB, 2.00-6.00 Room 255 RHB 

Group introductions. The concept of ‘the curatorial’ and our vocabulary project. Irit Rogoff and Stefan Nowotny will present some of their ideas for the year’s forthcoming curriculum. 

Irit would like to focus on two terms over this year ‘Public’ and ‘Community’ neither of which actually functions as the concrete materiality that has traditionally been presented. In order to rethink these we need to revisit some of the classical understandings of both and then see how we might redraft them as neither material space nor grouping of people. 

Stefan would like to focus on some key concepts from Walter Benjamin, looking at how these have become essential for any theory of contemporary culture, while being grounded in a concrete political moment of the first half of the 20th century. 

Friday 11-6  November 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm Room 220 RHB ,1:00pm - 6:00pm Room 352 RHB. 

Irit Rogoff  - ‘Public’ – we will look at a series of texts from the classical Habermas “Structural Transformations of the Public Sphere”, through Hannah Arendt, some recent texts by Michael Warner and by members of the collective Sarai in Delhi. In this first session I would like to think about ‘Public’ as neither space nor people, but open up the possibility for a state-to-come in which proximity and mutuality might exchange productively.



1.Jurgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry Into A Category of Bourgeois Society. Translated by Thomas Burger, with the assistance of Frederick Lawrence. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1989

2. Mark Wigly, Untitled: The Housing of Gender in Sexuality and Space, ed Beatriz Colemina. New York, Princeton Papers on Architecture, 1992.

3."Discussing the Public Domain" in Sarai Reader 01 (The Public Domain), CSDS, 2001

4.Quotes from "Discussing the Public Domain" in Sarai Reader 01 (The Public Domain), CSDS, 2001

5. Lawrence Liang, Porous Legalities and Avenues for Participation in Sarai Reader 05 (Bare Acts), CSDS, 2005

6.Michael Warner, Publics and Counterpublics, Zone Books, New York, 2002



Stefan Nowotny – ‘Critique’ looking at the genesis and the distinction of Benjamin’s notion of ‘critique’ as it is distinguished from Frankfurt School models and in its forward looking projection to the project of post-structuralism.



-   Samuel Weber's book "Benjamin's -abilities", dealing with the notion of "criticizability" in early Benjaminian thought on German romanticism; The Critic's Technique in Thirteen Theses

 -  "The Critic's Technique in Thirteen Theses", taken from Benjamin's "One-Way Street"; Documentation and Minutes of ‘Krise und Kritik’

 - a documentation of plans and debates around the planned, but never realized journal "Krise und Kritik" in which Benjamin was engaged (taken from the Erdmut Wizisla's book "Walter Benjamin and Bertold Brecht. The Story of a Friendship"). Criticizability - Samuel Weber on Benjamin.




Saturday 19.11.11  12.00 - 4.00


venue “ The Showroom “

63 Penfold Street  London NW8 8PQ. Edgware Road tube station.

Reading group







Seminar Dates: 
Thu, 17/11/2011 - 11:00 - Sat, 19/11/2011 - 18:25