March 28, 2005 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - ‘Regarding Evil’: one-day summit, April 3, 2005
March 28, 2005

‘Regarding Evil’: one-day summit, April 3, 2005

'Regarding Evil': one-day summit
Sunday, April 3, 2005, 11am-4pm
Reception to follow
Free and open to the public

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room 10-250 (Enter 77 Massachusetts Ave.)
Cambridge, MA
web.mit.edu/evil

WHAT:
A one-day symposium in which internationally-recognized artists and scholars will participate in a bold assessment of Evil, it’s aesthetic lure, pervasiveness in political rhetoric, and the spectacle of war. The event will commence with a global “Sounding of the Trumps,” simulcast from six countries.

The event will close with a special showing of the film “De Lama Lamina” (2004) (web.mit.edu/evil/participants_mb_press.htm) by artist Matthew Barney and musician Arto Lindsay.
INTERLOCUTOR:
Ross Cisneros, artist, conceiver and organizer of the event will realize the global collaboration for the summit and present “ETHICS BORE ME TO DEATH”
FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS:

Matthew Barney, multimedia artist, has contributed his film “DE LAMA LAMINA” (2004) 35mm screening
Jodi Dean, political theorist, will present a critical survey of rhetorical strategies that polarize nations into the Good and the Evil in her presentation “EVIL’S POLITICAL HABITATS”
Beau Friedlander, author of poems, essays, and translations will describe his lengthy relationship with Ted Kaczynski, the acquisition of his memoirs, and a psychological insight into the Unabomber in his presentation “TED AND ME”
Ronald Jones, artist and critic, has investigated the role that both artist and designer play in proliferating and manifesting an immoral universe in his presentation “LET’S BE OUTRAGEOUS, LET’S MISBEHAVE”
Julian LaVerdiere, artist and co-creator of the “Tribute in Light” World Trade Center memorial, will unfold the performative history in the destruction of monuments and cultural signifiers. Julian will expand upon how this phenomenon relates to his art practice in his presentation “DAMNATIO MEMORIAE”.
Boyd Rice, author, musician, and outspoken Satanist, will speak of his relationship with Anton LeVay and the Church of Satan, his long correspondence with Charles Manson, and the sado-masochistic lure of Nazi aesthetic in his presentation “IDEOLOGUES OF THE REJECTED”. A special performance will follow.

Ross Cisneros, indie@mit.edu

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