.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.
Writer and artist Tom McCarthy joins Mao Mollona and Adrian Heathfield of freethought to respond to the term ‘infrastructure’ as the means through which our unknown futures are constituted.
Read more ".6 freethought invites…Tom McCarthy"
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.
Read more ".6 Bergen seminar: Infrastructures of Nothing: The Human, Negation and the Spirit of Capitalism"
How, within an exhibition context, could we open the doors for encounters?
Read more ".5 freethought invites…. Laurence Rassel: On Radical Hospitality"
Curator Laurence Rassel discusses how she based her programme at Fundació Antoni Tàpies on conversation and why, while practising different modes of welcoming, she had to establish rules for both guests and hosts on how to use the ‘house’.
London-based historian Mike Berlin gives insights into the history of ‘The Partisan Coffee House’, an ‘anti-espresso bar’ in 1950s Soho, London and a key institution in the creation of the British New Left.
Read more ".5 Bergen seminar : Nora Sternfeld and Irit Rogoff with guests Mike Berlin and Eva Rowson on Radical Hospitality"
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.
Read more ".4 freethought invites…Denise Ferreira da Silva ‘The “Refugee Crisis” and the racial (b)order of global capital’"
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.
Read more ".4 Bergen seminar : Stefano Harney and Irit Rogoff ‘How Not to be Accessed Thusly’"
At the invitation from freethought to respond to ‘infrastructure’ Jan Verwoert considers why things work the way they do. Is it because people shape places? Or is it never about people but first and foremost about (super- and infra-) structures?
Read more ".3 freethought invites…Jan Verwoert: What Forces Us to Go into Abstraction?"