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2011/06/24

`The Politics of the Street and New Forms of Alliance', a lecture by Judith Butler as part of `The State of Things'

OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY ANNOUNCES

a lecture by Judith Butler as part of 'The State of Things' in the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Wednesday, 7 September / 18:00
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252, Venice

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), as commissioner of Norway’s representation at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, would like to announce ‘The Politics of the Street and New Forms of Alliance’, a lecture by Judith Butler within the lecture series ‘The State of Things’.

Wednesday, 7 September / 18:00

Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252, Venice


About ’The Politics of the Street and New Forms of Alliance’

Although some have argued that the politics of the street has been replaced by new media politics, it seems that the public sphere within which politics takes place is now defined by a specific mode of bodies interacting with media. Hannah Arendt once argued that there could be no exercise of freedom without the creation of a 'space of appearance' and even 'a right to appear'. How do we understand those new forms of democratic insurgency that form alliances that are not in coalitional forms? Who is the embodied 'we' on the street transported through media, and yet in place and at risk?

About Judith Butler

Judith Butler (b.1956, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, lives and works in Berkeley, California, USA) is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-Director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of, among others, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex’ (1993), Excitable Speech (1997) and Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech (co-written with Talal Asad, Saba Mahmood and Wendy Brown in 2009). She is also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics and Jewish Voice for Peace. Butler is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.

About The State of Things

'The State of Things' is a series of public lectures that is held throughout the biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, aesthetics and revolution. Each presentation aims to tackle the ‘state of things’ today, drawing from the speakers’ fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The programme takes its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

Norway’s representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by OCA and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and its associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Norway’s representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, a graduate programme by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia.

‘The State of Things’ has been generously supported by Fritt Ord.