.freethought .infrastructure is an evolving log of freethought’s large-scale investigation into infrastructure and how the term can be wrested away from the language of planners and technocrats and put to creative and critical use within the cultural sphere.

Initiated for the 2016 Bergen Assembly, freethought will lead a series of public conversations and events in Bergen and elsewhere between 2015-16 that will prod the term using critical concepts gleaned from the study of management and political economy, urbanism and visual culture, and performance and curating.

freethought is a collective formed in 2011 by Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Massimiliano Mollona, Louis Moreno and Nora Sternfeld.

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.6 Bergen seminar: Infrastructures of Nothing: The Human, Negation and the Spirit of Capitalism

Mao Mollona and Adrian Heathfield of freethought lead the sixth seminar in the series to consider conditions of our futures. Mollona introduces his research into possible future scenarios for the end of oil in Norway and Heathfield continues by thinking how art practices could now de-securitize the future and create new senses of potential and possibility.

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.4 freethought invites…Denise Ferreira da Silva ‘The “Refugee Crisis” and the racial (b)order of global capital’

In her response to ‘infrastructure’ for freethought, Ferreira da Silva uses her lecture to discuss the ‘refugee crisis’ in 2015 and expose how raciality accounts for why those displaced by wars of global capital do not really move out of what she terms ‘the ethical zone of violence’ – that is, they remain nobodies.

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.4 Bergen seminar : Stefano Harney and Irit Rogoff ‘How Not to be Accessed Thusly’

Taking a cue from Foucault’s deliberations on counter-conducts, on ‘the will not to be governed thusly, like that, by these people, at this price’ – this seminar moved the discussion to the forms by which we are accessed: the stories we are told and the stories we tell about cultural values, about fiscal values operated to mobilize us, inscribe us in larger narratives which subjugate us.

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