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November 2017
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December 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017, 7pm
Is it possible to decolonize Western methodologies? Theory is struggling to find new words, tools, methodological frames, and grammar to overcome the colonial nature of our epistemology. How could we relate this debate to the contemporary art museum context? 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7pm
In a lecture drawn from the concluding section of his book Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left (2017), Malik Gaines traces a legacy of radical performance tactics, rooted in the movements and aesthetics of the 1960s, as it figures in contemporary works featured in the 2015 Venice Biennial.
November 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Within the framework of the exhibition ARE WE HUMAN? The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years at Princeton University School of Architecture, Beatriz Colomina, Mark Wigley, and e-flux Architecture are proud to present Cosmism, a Superhumanity symposium, featuring Robert Bird, Maria Chehonadskih, Beatriz Colomina, Boris Groys, Nikolaus Hirsch, Marina Simakova, Anton Vidokle, Mark Wigley, and Arseny Zhilyaev.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7pm
From the perspective of computational speed, the human capacity to read an image – across the many layers of time-zones, climates, addressees, countries, generations, and languages – is terribly slow. We humans will fail hilariously in the race to seek cognition. Yet, in the navigational landscape, slowness has many speeds. As a point of entry, this lecture will speculate about the ‘slow image’ as a tool for analyzing image-regimes emerging from navigational or ramified processes.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6pm
Recent developments in biotechnology, genetics, and artificial intelligence suggest that the ancient myths of eternal youth, immortality, and material resurrection are now a tangible horizon of the technological imagination. At the same time, a century of dreams for travel in cosmic space and life on other planets have coalesced into a new transcendental realm—infinite in size, yet located in the material world, which itself has radically expanded. What are the politics and aesthetics of life in this new world? With Boris Groys, Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Arseny Zhilyaev, and Ksenia Nouril.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7pm
If there is no theoretical framework, no grand narrative, no normative system of values that offers architects orientation today as there might have been 50 years ago, there is a chance to learn from the mistakes of the past, map out new horizons, and work towards more inclusive, global futures. Join e-flux Architecture editor Nikolaus Hirsch and special guests Samia Henni, Mark Jarzombek, Reinhold Martin, Spyros Papapetros, Meredith TenHoor, Philip Ursprung, and Anthony Vidler for a series of presentations and conversations on the past, present, and future of architectural history and theory.
Friday, November 3, 2017, 7pm
The still-unfolding economic collapse of the late aughts has rendered the impasse within architectural patronage more apparent. In late capitalism, crisis and conflict are generalized conditions deemed necessary for the creation of new markets and architecture is contingent upon capitalism’s fluctuating processes of expansion and ephemeralization. Yet rather than acquiesce to the design of market commodities, what if architecture realized its own crisis-making potential? How can designers who are invested in restructuring prevailing market forces organize themselves? How might re-scripting the protocols of practice produce alternative aesthetic values, arrangements of resources and constituencies? If we could design a new relationship between architecture and commissioning institutions, what would it look like? 
October 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
TOXIC ASSETS is a public seminar featuring dance, poetry, art installation, screenings, and talks that responds to the question: What would it take to detox New York City? The project marks the arrival of art and research initiative Frontier Imaginaries to New York City from October 18–22, as a guest of e-flux lectures and Columbia University’s Ruth S. Biermann Memorial Meetings.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7pm
What does populism mean when related to a work of art? Can we define a populist approach in visual art beyond the clear and vulgar examples of propaganda? This lecture will try to fill the "empty signifier" moving from Writers and The People, a book published in 1965 by the Italian thinker Alberto Asor Rosa.
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5pm
Join us at e-flux on Saturday, October 7 at 5pm to celebrate the launch of Kelly Jazvac: Plastiglomerates, the inaugural publication from Durable Good, featuring artist Kelly Jazvac in conversation with anthropologist Paige West starting 6pm.
September 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7pm
The Occupy Wall Street movement raised an essential question that we haven’t quite been able to answer yet: How to occupy an abstraction? Financial capitalism hangs above our heads like an extractive cloud that escapes our grasp. It uses monetization as the mechanism by which social, cultural, economic, and ecological values are all flattened out and made equivalent to one another. And obviously, this whole extractive architecture is inherently hierarchical: some privileged few are allowed to issue money, while everyone else can only issue promises to pay money.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7pm
In an era when revolution is no longer possible, notions of incremental struggle through material change become once again relevant. Architecture offers a distinctive method for structural critique and positive assertion; a way of understanding how the built environment enforces and reinforces social power relations, and – crucially – how we can intervene in this process.
Monday, September 18, 2017, 7pm
Socialist Architecture: The Reappearing Act is a book by Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss with a series of photographs by Armin Linke. The book investigates the fate of former Yugoslavia's socialist architecture, as sites of spatial magic finding a new kind of life beyond what was ever intended by the ideology that created them.
Friday, September 15, 2017, 7pm
This evening marks the publication of Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability, an in-depth introduction into the group and its practice. Weizman will present the group’s most recent investigative work on enforced disappearance in Mexico, after which he will be joined by Malachy Browne of the New York Times to discuss new techniques in open source investigations and civil society forensics, and their impact on investigative journalism. 
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7pm
Join us to celebrate the New York launch of What’s Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It, the eleventh title in the e-flux journal reader series with Sternberg Press. The evening features a response by David Kim, and the performance Cor Chor Core by contributing author Tavi Meraud.
June 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017, 7pm
A reading of Amílcar Cabral’s agronomic writings exposes the substrata of a syntax for liberation later performed in guerrilla language and struggle. It is a timely reminder in troubled times, a commoning of the humble — reclaiming soil as a rhizosphere rich in animated beings and inscriptions of oppression.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7pm
Ariel Goldberg will give a lecture on when newspapers appear in photographs and when artists appear in the news.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7pm
This talk revives two seemingly superseded critical traditions (twentieth-century ideology theory and nineteenth-century feminist poetics) and finds there models for thinking action in the present.
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6pm
Quaestiones Perversas—an obscene form of the Graduate Record Examination—aims to gum the data production and collection of standardized testing as well as question the ideological underpinnings behind it.
May 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7pm
Journalist and author Masha Gessen discusses ways of surviving an autocracy. Rule #1? Believe the autocrat.
Monday, May 22, 2017, 7pm
Truth, abducted, is being held prisoner in the tower of falsehood, from whose high windows she calls out to be freed: so depicts Thomas Le Myésier in 1321.
Friday, May 19, 2017, 7pm
This lecture considers modern romantic love as a prototype of automation associated with capitalist reproduction.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7pm
At a time when public space is rapidly dissolving into private property and attention is dissolving into the monetized distraction of streaming content in solitude, this cinema activates the possibilities offered through networked technology and opens the domestic up to what could be called anybody.
Monday, May 8, 2017, 7pm
With Sandi Hilal, Reinhold Martin, Alessandro Petti, and Nikolaus Hirsch.
Friday, May 5, 2017, 7pm
How does the left move forward today? Where do we find resources not just for hope or survival but advance and revolution?
April 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 6pm
With a detour through Allan McCollum's The Shapes Project (2005-ongoing), this lecture goes looking for the things that may be hiding in the folds of our renewed fascination with human extinction.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7pm
Vivian Ziherl will join the chorus of those seeking some kind of way out of here, in discussion with Elizabeth A. Povinelli.
Monday, April 24, 2017, 7pm
Promising aesthetic redemption for crumbling post-communist cityscapes and culture, the technocrats of European capitals as dissimilar as Berlin and Zagreb have one thing in common: The lust for neoliberal upsizing.
Friday, April 21, 2017, 7pm
In a world esteeming technological efficiency and control, glitches and errors are avoided at great cost. When such unintelligible artifacts do appear, they are quickly removed, banished from visual imagery and the domains of official, mediated experience.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7pm
In an era when real estate developers preach the power of art to change society, and when innovative capitalist design has come to be called art, one has to appreciate—and perhaps foster a healthy suspicion of—just how far art has come.
Sunday, April 16, 2017, 5pm
With music by Beat Detectives and a screening of short videos by Alexander Kluge, and Mati Diop & Manon Lutanie.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7pm
The lecture takes a future perspective: from the year 2030 Sternfeld looks back as a curator to the years 2013-2023.
Friday, April 7, 2017, 7pm
This lecture will describe with notes and images a film that will connect the backyard of a home in Harare, Zimbabwe, the Atomic-Age graveyard in the Tri-Cities in Central Washington, and the collision of black holes predicted by Einstein.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7pm
The step-by-step mobilization and militarization of labor and culture since the first five-year plan found its truth in the Second World War. But this truth was sometimes subversive and even destructive for the imaginarium of socialist realism: it appeared in the form of suppressed modernist tendencies, which returned in disruptions of the established anti-modernist system of representations.
March 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017, 7pm
A near-future love story set against the fears and wonders of an impending drone age.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7pm
Jean-Marie Straub and Daniàle Huillet's adaptation of Arnold Schoenberg's opera Moses und Aron (Moses and Aaron), shot in 1974 and dedicated to Holger Meins, is a study on migration, exile, and on being a stranger or alien.
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6pm
Written as the neoliberal era was morphing into the Trumpocene, the book Cultural Revolution: Aesthetic Practice after Autonomy examines forms of aesthetic practice beyond residually modern(ist) notions of artistic autonomy; practices whose relevance may be more acute than ever in the current crisis, in which strategies and tactics are in urgent need of reexamination.
Monday, March 20, 2017, 7pm
Franco Berardi discusses current affairs and proposes answers to the question: Is there a way out?
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 6pm
Lind will explore notions such as "weak resistance," "contact and conflict zones," and "redistributive politics" while keeping art center stage in the lecture.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7pm
Delving into meme engineering, operant conditioning, and other claimed 'brainwashing' techniques, this lyrical lecture will tussle with the question of how deviance is normalized.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7pm
Twenty-five years ago, the promise of the first "smart war" was launched: Technologically advanced, machine-driven, and presented to the public via blockbuster press conferences and satellite imagery.
February 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017, 7pm
Refugee camps are considered to be—by definition—temporary spaces. They are designed to be dismantled, abandoned. Their conflict for being meant to be quickly resolved. Yet there are some Palestinian refugee camps that are now almost 70 years old; the conflict, seemingly permanent.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 7pm
The lecture starts from mapping a variety of philosophical materialisms to raise the question of possibilities for a philosophy of nature today.
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