Revolution in Counterpoint

On November 19 in NYC, “Revolution in Counterpoint: Contemporary Performance Art and the Political Past,” a symposium at Columbia University. Speakers include Michael Hardt, Rosella Biscotti, Molly Nesbit, and Raqs Media Collective.

Columbia University‚Äôs Department of Art History & Archaeology presents Revolution In Counterpoint: Contemporary Performance Art and the Political Past. An evening-long symposium, Revolution In Counterpoint invites a small group of artists and scholars to discuss the creative models and concepts underlying various 20th century utopian political movements, putting these frameworks in discussion with contemporary performance art practice. The program will be moderated by philosopher John Rajchman and comprises presentations from political philosopher Michael Hardt and artist Rossella Biscotti on Biscotti’s performance and exhibition The Trial, and art historian Molly Nesbit and Raqs Media Collective on their thinking on art, agency and politics in the context of Raqs’ Performa 13 commission, The Last International.

Rather than attempting to define or delineate the events of the political past, Revolution In Counterpoint proposes a reflexive approach, hoping to detect traces of revolutionary thought within contemporary thinking in and around art.

Revolution In Counterpoint will take place on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm, followed by a reception, in the Judith Lee Stronach Center, located on the 8th floor of Schermerhorn Hall at Columbia University. This event is free and open to the public.

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This event is made possible by the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University and is organized by graduate students in the MODA: Critical & Curatorial Studies program Eva Lu, Juliette Premmereur, and Valerie Werder.