Upcoming Events

Every Friday night the Pollock Gallery will be open from 5pm – midnight for a series of interactive performances entitled “Hacking the Common Sense,” during which students and visitors will be able to engage in independent research projects along the lines drawn out by the Course Catalogue in the collective situation of the Co-Work Space.

Hacking the Common Sense 01: Folk Politics
with AVI VARMA
Friday, 10 February, 5pm–Midnight

Does your art feel pinned to the wall? Do you dream of an efficacy beyond marketability? Are the walls of the anthropocene closing around you? In this course we will investigate the potent instrumentality of existing infrastructure systems and the ways they can be detourned to access art that can operate on a planetary scale. Readings will include Keller Easterling, Saskia Sassen, Nick Srnicek, Riley Hooker, Kimmie Drew, Starhawk, AA Bronson, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Timothy Morton, Robert Smithson and Peter Fend. We will explore the potential latent in “earthworks,” incorporated artists’ groups such as Ocean Earth Corporation, and the radical narrative strategies of the Isenheim altarpiece to begin to design work that takes as its material elements of planetary-truth and infrastructure such as lunar cycles, tides, monsoon, tectonics, flora, fauna, electricity, trans-Atlantic cables, airports, highways, power plants, and ports among others. All ages and skill levels welcome.

Hacking the Common Sense 02: Open Session
TBA
Friday, 24 February, 5pm–Midnight

Hacking the Common Sense 03: Sovereignty in the Age of Digital Capital
with NATALIE SMOLENSKI
Friday, 3 March, 5pm–Midnight

Sovereignty refers to the authority to govern. In political theory, it has been illustrated as a function of the relationships between individual human beings and the collectives within which they move. In the early 21st century it is increasingly difficult to sustain such a unitary metaphysics. Benjamin Bratton has drawn attention to the new social landscapes engendered by the evolution of global software providers, sovereign actors whose terrain lies orthogonally to that of nation-states. None of these transformations, however, do away with sovereignty. If anything, they make more urgent the question of how these emerging actors will govern themselves—and on what basis. This seminar asks, in the absence of “nature” and its analogues as an ultimate metaphysical referent, how can sovereignty as a seemingly necessary relational telos be accounted for? Our investigation turns to Husserl’s phenomenology of the subject and the integrities of individual personalities and personalities of a higher order to provide an account for what sovereignty is and how it might evolve. This will help us understand seemingly paradoxical developments, like the statist thrust within capitalism—whether that state is an apparatus for managing pre-productive human collectivity (the government of citizens by birth) or an instrument of targeted production (a corporation). The ultimate aim is to understand the teleologies of sovereignty in order to recover leverage with regards to directing their productions.

Hacking the Common Sense 04: A Universalism: Corruption
with SOFIA BASTIDAS
Friday, 10 March, 5pm–Midnight

What if corruption is vital and renders an informal way of navigating the systems that are in place? How can we redirect corruption to overturn the depression it brings to our pseudo moral and ethic society?
This course will study corruption as the surpassing imaginary in which we create new narratives around corruption as a fact ever present in the systems we participate in. We will study major corruption cases around the globe such as Petroecuador Oil Company, Odebrecht, ICP’s Fair Housing Case, and many others. We will look at these cases from different perspectives with the intention to understand the infrastructural system that allowed these corruption cases to permeate reality.