New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collections of Ideas around SPECULATION

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Chelsea Knight, Fall to Earth, Chapter 1 —“Conversion,” 2014 (production still). HD video; 5 min. Photo: Jeesu Kim

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On Sunday June 14, the participants of New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collections of Ideas will host a public program featuring media theorist Orit Halpern, writer and designer Edward Keller, and the sci-fi collective Metropolarity (M. Eighteen, Ras Mashramani, Rasheedah Phillips, Alex Smith), growing out of the group’s twelve-week-long investigation into the Spring 2015 R&D Season’s thematic, SPECULATION.

The Seminars operate as a peer-led initiative, gathering approximately fifteen multidisciplinary thinkers together on a weekly basis at the New Museum to investigate seasonal topics developed over multiple platforms (performances, exhibitions, educational programs, etc.) by the Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement and the Season’s artists in residence. The course of study for the Spring 2015 Season was devoted to speculation in its many valences, including efforts of monetization and financialization in the art field; the emergence of “speculative realist” philosophies, understood as a diverse range of frameworks in which human thought and consciousness do not function as the primary arbiters of (or influences on) material realms; and ongoing conversations about how it might be possible to imagine—or speculate—oppositional movements or alternative futures for politics and social life. Brought together by mutual, if not always compatible, interests in SPECULATION, this Season’s group of participants was made up of artists, archivists, curators, educators, researchers, scholars, students, and others.

The SPECULATION semester will culminate with a public program that emerges out of our study. Not really a conclusion as much as a train of thought, this event will enable further exploration of science fiction, media theory, and social life and will open up some of the research by the Seminars group to a broader public by putting us in conversation with writers, artists, and scholars who are addressing future-oriented speculative thought through fiction and design work..

Spring 2015 SPECULATION Seminars participants include: Alison Burstein, Johanna Burton, Tyler Coburn, João Enxuto, Taraneh Fazeli, Andrew Kachel, Chelsea Knight, Melanie Kress, Jordan Lord, Erica Love, Joseph Lubitz, Laura McLean-Ferris, Amanda Parmer, Elise Rasmussen, Alicia Ritson, Amber Hawk Swanson, Kendra Sullivan, Ryan Tracy, Mimi Winick, and Constantina Zavitsanos.

General Public: $10
Members: $8
½ Gallery Admission with same day event ticket purchase.