Meanwhile PARSE issue 7 on Speculation has also gone online.
This issue explores how and why speculative thinking and speculative activity have obtained a new topicality, especially in philosophy, culture and politics, in a condition marked by the absence of certainty, the crisis of the crisis of metaphysics, the dominance of finance capital and the re-emergence of utopianism in the absence of revolution. Philosophically the reassertion of speculation coincides with the exploration of different practices of knowledge in the development of critical, conceptual and pragmatic tools by which the contested past, present and future can be navigated. Economically and politically, speculation represents both the incontrovertible structuring principle of neoliberal capitalism and the imaginative force that must be deployed against it.
With contributions by Didies Debaise and Isabelle Stengers, an interview by Dave Beech with Costas Lapavitsas, a reflection on one of his own works by Krzysztof Wodiczko, an extensive exploration of the notion of speculation in musical composition by Ming Tsao, and a conversation about speculation as an educational apporach between Valerie Pihet, Katrin Solhdju, Didies Debaise and Fabrizio Terranova. With an introduction by Dave Beech, Katrin Soldhju and Valerie Pihet.
You can find a link to all essays and the full PDF here.
I recently received paper copies of the PARSE journals I’ve worked on, including the latest one on Secularity, which doubles as a catalogue for the Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017, curated by Nav Haq, which is titled WheredoIandyoubegin.
Edited by Andrea Phillips, Nav Haq and Ola Sigurdson, the issue contains a wide range of texts that approach the notion of secularity from different angels. The journal and individual articles can be found on the PARSE website. PARSE is published by Valand Academy, University of Goteborg.
Issue 5 of the open access PARSE Journal of Valand Academy of the University of Gothenburg has just gone online (click here to access the webpage). As always, it comprises an interesting range of texts, this time on ideas and practices related to management in the arts – both on individual and institutional levels.
Contributors include the late Marc Fisher (Accelerate Management), Andrea Francke and Ross Jardine (Bureaucracy’s Labour: The Administrator as Subject), Christopher Newfield (Arts and Humanities Education as Neo-liberalism Comes Unglued), Karin Hansson (The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life: Between Alienation and Belonging), Carla Cruz (‘Save Our Library!’: Social Action, Austerity and The Big Society), Kaldun Bshara (Biennales in Palestine: Thinking Art and Making Art), Erling Björgvinsson (Managing Collaborative Critique in Times of Financialisation Capitalism), Dari Bae and Apolonija Šušteršic (Master Plan for Duamdong) and Barbara Czarniawska (After Practice: A Personal Reflection).
A range of interesting issues coming up, including #5 on Management, which is almost done. Other topics include ‘speculation’ and ‘secularity’, and there will be a conference on ‘exclusion'(click on the image to link through for further details).
I am currently working on proofing issue # 5 of the PARSE Journal, published by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The topic for this issue is Management. Editors this time are Erling Björgvinsson, Henric Benesch and Andrea Phillips. The two previous issues I worked on, on Repetition and Reneges and Time(s), were very interesting and I shall be looking forward to this one in particular given I teach on an MA in Arts Policy & Management myself. More details to follow shortly.
With PARSE # 3 recently released – you can access it here – am now proofing issue # 4, which follows Valand Academy’s conference on Time, held in 2015. Among the contributors are Simon Critchley and Bruno Latour, as well as Marc Boumeester, Jason Bowman, Sonja Dahl, Gerhard Eckel, Atzu Amann y Alcocer and Rodrigo Delso Gutiérrez, The Otolith Group, Benedikte Zitouni and Valérie Pihet, Edgar Schmitz, Katleen Vermeir and Ronny Heiremans, Claire Louise Staunton and John Hill, Hanna Hallgren, Somaya El-Sousi and Jenny Tunedal, and Andy Weir.