[spectre] CONFERENCE: Proper and Improper Names. Identity in the Information Society

Marcela Okretič marcela at aksioma.org
Thu Sep 7 19:11:25 CEST 2017

Aksioma -  Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, is proud to announce:

Proper and Improper Names
Identity in the Information Society

Curated by: Marco Deseriis

Kino Šiška
Trg prekomorskih brigad 3, Ljubljana

17 - 18 October 2017

 <http://aksioma.org/im-propernames/> aksioma.org/im-propernames


What aesthetic and political strategies may counter the quest for collecting
data and measuring and predicting human behaviour, characteristic of
informational capitalism? This conference addresses this question by
bringing together theorists, artists, writers, and performers who have
forged concepts, aesthetic codes, and authoring strategies that tend to
escape measurement and attribution. Continuing Aksioma's long-running
investigation into the problems of identity and authorship in the age of
networks, Proper and Improper Names explores modes of intervention that
cannot be reduced to individual or collective identities. Rather, in
shuttling between the I and the We, as well as the multiple dimensions of
the self, these experiments exceed state and market attempts at measuring
and producing the subject as a stable political, biological, and
epistemological unit.

The five guests of the conference are Marco Deseriis (IT), whose book
Improper Names: Collective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous
provides the conceptual framework for the event; Gerald Raunig (AT), a
philosopher who has recently published Dividuum, a book exploring the
genealogy of the term "dividual," i.e. that which is divisible and
combinable according to the principle of similarity; Kristin Sue Lucas
(USA), a performance artist who has managed to "refresh" her birth name
through a legal procedure in court; Natalie Bookchin (USA), a media artist
whose work explores collective identity as performed on social network sites
through video installations and online works of art; and the collective Wu
Ming (IT), who have created a layered body of literary works, critical
texts, screenplays and maps, collaborating under a pseudonymous identity.
The first day will end with a screening of I-Be Area (2007), an experimental
film by U.S. artist Ryan Trecartin, in which characters and voices are
different manifestations of the same person, showing the fragmentation of
identity in the digital age. Finally, the conference will come to a close
with the opening of Janez JanšaR, the anthological exhibition by Janez
Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša at MSUM - Museum of Contemporary Art
Metelkova, curated by Domenico Quaranta.  


TUE 17 October 2017

17:00-17:45 Marco Deseriis: Improper Names, Con-Dividual Subjectivities

17:45-18:10 Kristin Sue Lucas: Refresh, performance

18:10-18:30 Coffee break

18:30-19:15 Gerald Raunig: Every Beginning Is Dividual

19:15-20:00 Marco Deseriis & Gerald Raunig in conversation

20:30 Ryan Trecartin: I-Be Area (2007), movie screening


WED 18 October 2017

17:00-18:00 Wu Ming: Collaborative Authorship and Condividuality in the Wu
Ming Foundation

18:00-18:15 Coffee break

18:15-19:15 Natalie Bookchin: Prospective Collectives: Animating the Shared

20:00 Janez JanšaR, exhibition opening at MSUM (Maistrova 3, Ljubljana).
Curated by Domenico Quaranta.



Production: Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2017 

Co-production: CUK Kino Šiška


Artistic Director: Janez Janša 

Producer: Marcela Okretič 

Executive Producer: Sonja Grdina 

Public Relations: Alja Žorž  


The conference is realised in the framework of
<http://www.statemachines.eu/> State Machines, a joint project 

by Aksioma <http://aksioma.org/>  (SI),  <http://drugo-more.hr/en/> Drugo
more (HR),  <http://www.furtherfield.org/> Furtherfield (UK),
0Harvey/promo/the%20Institute%20of%20Network%20Cultures> the Institute of
Network Cultures (NL) and  <http://www.neme.org/> NeMe (CY).

Supported by: the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, 

the Municipality of Ljubljana and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Slovenia.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This
communication reflects the views only of the autand the Commission cannot be
held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained


Marcela Okretič

Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

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e-mail: marcela at aksioma.org







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