Tuesday, October 20, 2009


It has been a year since the start of the latest Capitalist crisis. While some are eager to signal economic recovery, there is an underlying issue which goes undiscussed- the crisis of legitimation for the Neoliberal system itself. What have artists done to advance this critique and what can we contribute?

Please join us this Wednesday, October 21st at 6pm at Exit Art for the first of five lively discussions-

The Institute for Aesthetic Research
IAR will host a five week discussion based program bringing together artists, filmmakers, scholars and activists to consider the possibilities for alternative art practices. Through the IAR website and weekly meetings at Exit Art, participants will collaboratively produce a print publication that explores the possibilities of cultural production in contestation, or outside the realm of current economic and political conditions.

The content and distribution system of this publication will be collectively decided and enacted.

To contribute or for more info-

Meetings (all starting at 6pm)
1st meeting- October 21st
Adam Simon (Brooklyn Based Artist; Co-Director, Four Walls; Founder, Fine Art Adoption Network) will discuss alternative strategies of art distribution.

2nd meeting- October 28th
Timothy Murray (Director, Society for the Humanities and Curator, Rose Goldson Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University; Managing Co-Moderator, -empyre- a soft-skinned space) & Renate Ferro (Artist, Visiting Professor of Art, Cornell University; Managing Co-Moderator, -empyre- a soft-skinned space) discuss how politically critical and socially interventionist new media of the 90's and 2000's have been recuperated through advanced strategies of viral marketing on the web.

3rd meeting- November 4th
John Baldacchino (Associate Professor of Art and Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University) will discuss pedagogy and politics in contemporary art practice.

4th meeting- November 11th
Ethan Spigland (Filmmaker and screenwriter, Professor, New School for Social Research, Professor of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute.) will screen and discuss “Shallow”, a recent film collaboration with Malcolm Mclaren.

5th meeting- November 18th
David, Daniel and Adam Simon will help in the editing and discussion of the final publication.

IAR is organized by artists Daniel Lichtman and David Baumflek.

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