Press Releases : 2013/01

London launch of Verksted #14: `The State of Things´

Published 2013/01/30


Verksted #14: The State of Things

Thursday 31 January 2013 / 18:00

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
University of the Arts London
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA

OCA announces the London launch of the publication The State of Things, a collection of essays by philosophers, activists and art theorists addressing the standpoint of the day and its artistic conjuncture. The essays, written by Jacques RancièreLeo BersaniVandana ShivaJan EgelandFawaz GergesEyal WeizmanJudith Butler, Franco BerardiSaskia Sassen and TJ Clark, offer historical perspectives on issues such as human rights, urban development and peace-making, and study recent responses to these conditions through new modes of subjectivity and direct action.

The London launch has been organised by the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University, in conjunction with Howard Caygill’s lecture ‘Philosophy and the Black Panthers’ at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. This lecture is the first of a series organised in collaboration with the MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins.

About the book
The State of Things is the result of a series of lectures delivered by the authors as part of Norway’s official representation in the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale in 2011, within the programme of the same title. These lectures, organised by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway throughout the duration of the Biennale at key public institutions in Venice such as Università Iuav di Venezia, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and Fondazione Querini Stampalia, attempted to think through the world’s current situation and, simultaneously, explore alternative models for national representation within the Biennale, focusing on discourse production, critical thought and pedagogy. The ten essays are accompanied by an afterword by Angela Vettese, director of the Visual Arts Department of the Faculty of Design and Arts at Università Iuav di Venezia.

The State of Things is edited by OCA’s Director Marta Kuzma, OCA’s Associate Curator and lecturer at Central Saint Martins Pablo Lafuente and CRMP's Director Peter Osborne, curators of ‘The State of Things’ programme.

The State of Things is publication no.14 in the ongoing OCA's Verksted series. It is published by OCA and Koenig Books, in collaboration with the Course in Visual Arts at the Università Iuav di Venezia, and with the support of Fritt Ord. It is available in bookstores internationally, directly from OCA or the Koenig Books website.

About Norway's official representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia
‘The State of Things’, a series of public lectures held throughout the Biennale period, constituted Norway’s official representation at the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale together with ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, an MA course delivered by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard. Invited for the occasion as Guest Professor for the Graduate Programme of Visual Arts at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia, Melgaard looked at the history and present of the AIDS crisis and its reflection within contemporary art and discourse, and included Leo Bersani as a Guest Lecturer into the programme.

The lecture and book launch are free, but please register at in order to gain access to the building. For more information on the book, please contact Antonio Cataldo, OCA’s Senior Programme Coordinator.