Seminar 28 // 17,18, 19 June 2011 // Susan Schuppli // London

Seminar 28 // 17,18, 19 June  2011 // London

1) Thursday 17 June, Goldsmiths Council Room (Baths)

11-4.00  Guest presentation by Susan Schuppli, "Forensic Architecture", Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths.

SUSAN SCHUPPLI is an artist and cultural theorist who completed her doctoral studies in Research Architecture and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2009. Her thesis is:

ENTANGLED MATTERS: Analogue Futures & Political Pasts

Theorised as an “ontology of the output”, this thesis project conceptually repurposes media machines in order to activate new or alternate entanglements between historical media artefacts and events. Although the particular circumstances that produced these materials may have changed, the project asks why these media artefacts might still be a matter of concern. What is their relevance for thinking media operations and their related socio-political contexts today?

Presentation - "How to Do Things with Things"


I selected these two readings because they have been useful for me in helping to frame and work through the question of relevance vis a vis  the use of historical materials within contemporary thought/production, whether these are technical artefacts (as in my research) or other forms of material culture. What kinds of critical vantage points / conceptual resources are made available when we work with materials that are seemingly out-of-time?

1) Tucker, Jennifer. "Entwined Practices: Engagements with Photography in Historical Inquiry." History and Theory  Theme Issue 48 (2009): 8.

2) Latour, Bruno. "Why Has Critique Run out of Steam: From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern." Critical Inquiry 30 Winter (2004): 23.

5.00  Lecture by W.J.T.Mitchell  (University of Chicago) at UCL:

 "Migration Law and the Image - Beyond the Veil of Ignorance" 

This lecture aims at the convergence of three disciplines: 1) the law, with its entire edifice of judicial practice and political philosophy; 2) migration, as the movement and settlement of living things, especially (but not exclusively) human beings, across the boundaries between distinct habitats; 3) iconology, the theory of images across the media, including verbal and visual images, metaphors and figures of speech as well as visual representations. Examining a range of examples from science fiction narratives of alien species, to stories of conquest, colonization, and ethnic cleansing, to the development of contemporary practices of detention and border policing, the lecture will argue that immigration in our time has ceased to be a merely transitional phase in human life, and threatens to become a permanent condition for growing numbers of people. This poses a radical challenge to liberal notions of universal human equality, which depend, paradoxically, on philosophies of exclusion and the policing of borders to protect actually existing liberal polities. The “veil of ignorance” about particular human identities (race, class, gender, and ethnicity) that philosopher John Rawls regarded as foundational to liberal notions of justice and equality comes under new kinds of stress in a time when the borders between peoples have become zones of increasing violence and despair.


Prof. Parvati Nair (Professor of Hispanic Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration at Queen Mary, University of London) Dr Ingrid Boccardi (UCL Laws)

Chair: Dr Federica Mazzara (UCL Italian) 

2)Friday 17, June Goldsmith RHB room 356

11.00  Jean-Paul Martinon  discussion of book project "Allegories of the Curatorial".

1.30  Lunch

2.30 -5.30  Reading of Latour text (posted above) "Why has Critique Run out of Steam"  with Irit Rogoff and Stefan Nowotny.

3) Saturday, June 19. Reading Group led by Grant Watson, The Showroom 63 Penfold St, London NW8 8PQ

12.00  Reading group led by Grant Watson text  Leo Bersani, and the chapter is called ‘Will to Know’ taken from ‘Is the Rectum the Grave? and other essays.’Reading

Bersani, Leo. "Will to Know." Is the Rectum a Grave?: and Other Essays. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2010. 56-67. Print.

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