.3 Bergen seminar : Adrian Heathfield and Louis Moreno ‘From Infra- to Intra-structures: Life-force and Spirit’

The third seminar in the freethought programme built on interests drawn from the ‘spectres of infrastructure’ discussed in the last session. If infrastructure has traditionally been thought as material or technical foundation for culture and art, how might we re-think the infrastructural as already existing within those lived human practices? What other kind of ‘ground’, ‘support’ or maintenance is this, given that art and culture are constantly changing?

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.2 freethought invites…Louis Moreno of freethought ‘Infrastructures of Resistance: Detroit and the underground desire for utopia’

freethought member Louis Moreno considers how the political mentality of infrastructure emerged in response to both the destruction of an economic base and the ‘curation’ of the urban cultures of post-fordism. Against this, using clips from documentaries, excerpts from vinyl 12” records and other evidence, Moreno shows how Detroit opens up a different way of envisioning ‘infrastructure’.

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.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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