While there’s been an OOO buzz of late in the art world, we would like to take some time to look closely at specific suggestions made by some of the group’s most vocal advocates–Graham Harman and Levi R. Bryant–alongside some by Isabelle Stengers. We’re particularly eager to consider “object-orientedness” and/in contemporary art. We suggest two simple activities: reading and conversation. We have selected brief texts and the ICI has scanned and uploaded them to their server. These sessions are of an informal nature: while Manuela and I will give a general introduction to the text, the idea is to consider its concepts from your own specific position–i.e., as participant in, or close follower of, contemporary artistic practice. The readings are instigators, starting points from which to develop further thoughts together. This co-productive dynamic rarely surfaces in public events. Curatorial practice, mostly focused on presenting finished propositions, hardly ever engages texts to such a degree and with such a variety of participants. We’d like to use this format to bring our own focused, and thus far solitary, reading to a space where common concerns emerge and can trigger novel thoughts and associations.
An exquisite corps text by Sara Nadal, Dushko Petrovich, Prem Krishnamurthy and Rivet.