June 7, 2015 - Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Open! - Undercommoning Institutions: forum with Stefano Harney, presented with Open!
June 7, 2015

Undercommoning Institutions: forum with Stefano Harney, presented with Open!

Adelita Husni-Bey, White Paper: The Law (detail), 2015. Posters and documentation. Photo: Niels Moolenaar.

Undercommoning Institutions: forum with Stefano Harney
Wednesday 24 June 2015, 19:30–22:30h

In the context of the Commonist Aesthetics” series, by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory & Open! Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain

Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory
Lange Nieuwstraat 7 
3512 PA, Utrecht 
The Netherlands

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www.cascoprojects.org

With great pleasure, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory and Open! Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain invite our colleagues and publics to participate in an open forum with Stefano Harney, co-author with Fred Moten of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (2013). We will focus on some key concepts from the book—commons, undercommons, general antagonism, study, and black aesthetics—and how they offer us ways to act together both within and beyond the institutional frameworks of art and academia.

This forum is organized in light of the ongoing “Commonist Aesthetics” series published on Open! as a joint effort with Casco and series co-editor Sven Lütticken, and its offshoot “Common Knowledge,” a “virtual round table” on the state of academic institutions in the Netherlands and further afield in the wake of massive protests and occupations. 

“Politics propose to make us better, but we were good already in the mutual debt than can never be made good. We owe it to each other to falsify the institution, to make politics incorrect, to give the lie to our own determination.”
The Undercommons, p. 20

Breaking with the fantasy that the “true” university can be protected against professionalization and managerialism, Harney and Moten draw on a black radical tradition to propose an underground within the university. This “undercommons” rife with “possibilities of criminality and fugitivity” precipitates a mode of acting—or being and learning together—that extends outside the university to any institution, inclusive of those that are self-governed or beholden to a regulatory or corrective apparatus. Cautiousof the possible oppression of even the commons and any politics, the undercommons proposes an alternative to existing notions of critique and resistance, pushing for radical forms of sociality and collectivity as both the end and means of life. 

The “Commonist Aesthetics” series debates the potentials and pitfalls of commoning, and different conceptions of the commons, in the framework of contemporary aesthetic practice. Contributions so far include a discussion with Silvia Federici and Tine De Moor, a project by Andreas Siekmann, and essays by Christoph Brunner and Gerald Raunig, Marina Vishmidt, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, and Sven Lütticken and Isabell Lorey. Among upcoming contributions are new essays by Matteo Pasquinelli and Metahaven. The series is available here.

Casco’s program is made possible with financial support from City Council of Utrecht, Mondriaan Fund, DOEN Foundation, and European Union Culture Programme.
 
We also recommend: 
Workshop with Stefano Harney on study
In the context of A Studio in Hand-Reading: Charlotte Wolff, a project by Valentina Desideri at Kunstverein (Gerard Doustraat 132, 1073 VX, Amsterdam)
Friday 19 June, 18–20h

 
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