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Friday, April 27, 2018, 7pm

ArteEast presents: Films, Facts, and Fiction

April 2018
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May 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7pm
Penzin’s lecture will take llyenkov’s early speculative work on the “entropic death of the universe” as a starting point from which to salvage the powers of “thinking matter,” while Almborg’s film and conversation with Chehonadskih will engage with llyenkov’s later work on pedagogy, theories of (dis)ability, and the “thinking body”. While both lecture and film propose a materialist understanding of thinking outside the individual, one is located in matter and the universe, and the other in sensuous activity with objects and between people, leading to unique understandings of communism.
April 2018
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Friday, April 27, 2018, 7pm
Featuring a selection of short films by Michael Rakowitz, Basim Magdy, Roy Samaha, and Oraib Toukan, followed by audience Q&A with artist Basim Magdy and ArteEast’s Sarah Rifky.
Monday, April 23, 2018, 7pm
This lecture analyzes the words chosen by the female architects, interns, artists, poets, jury members, wives, and other protagonists who inspired, informed, and critiqued the research and presentation of the project Plan (fem.) for Greater Baghdad.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7pm
This lecture seeks to use the Atlantic Spaceport as a lens through which to explore the deep entanglement of colonial imaginaries and neoliberal governance in the context of European space exploration, rather than in the more familiar setting of American final-frontierism.
Friday, April 13, 2018, 7pm
Join us for the launch of The Empire Remains Shop, Cooking Sections' first book following the eponymous ongoing research and installation. The evening will feature an introduction by Natasha Ginwala, the lecture-performance “The Next 'Invasive' Is ‘Native’” by Cooking Sections, and a discussion between Ginwala, Cooking Sections' Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe, and Coco Fusco about the remains of Empire; followed by The Plant That Could Sink Your Mortgage: Cocktails and Drinks.
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 6pm
In this lecture, Robin van den Akker and Timotheus Vermeulen discuss Donald Trump’s Twitter typo “covfefe” and its oft-cited relations to post-truth discourses, outrage culture, and post-postmodernism in the context of possible world theory.
March 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7pm
Join us for the launch of Boris Groys' newest edited volume Russian Cosmism, co-published by e-flux and The MIT Press (January 2018). The evening will feature Groys in conversation with art historian Claire Bishop and artist Anton Vidokle.
Monday, March 26, 2018, 7pm
Over the past twenty years, and particularly after the publication of Michael Hardt’s and Antonio Negri’s Empire (2000), the radicalism of Italian militants in the 1960s and 1970s has been reappraised by artists, activists, and scholars. However, little has been written about the production of artists who viewed operaismo and autonomia as an inspiring conceptual toolbox and a repository of images and motifs.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7pm
Middle of Beyond blends fiction, news clips, and animation recounting ten days in the life of Malte Krumm, a month after the latest US elections. The film depicts the numbness of a world flooded by information and social media activity, where the borders between reality and illusion are crumbling and narcissism and self-promotion overshadow moral values. Based on a true story. 
Monday, March 12, 2018, 7pm
Dimensions of Citizenship, the theme of the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, co-commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the University of Chicago, challenges architects and designers to envision what it means to be a citizen today. As transnational flows of capital, digital technologies, and geopolitical transformations expand, conventional notions of citizenship are undermined. How might architecture, then, express, and engage with today’s rhizomatic and paradoxical conditions of citizenship?
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7pm
Through case studies from the Southeast borderlines of Turkey to the Pearl River Delta in China, Pelin Tan and Keller Easterling discuss how to approach infrastructure spaces and their territorial affects.
February 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7pm
What is the most appropriate question to ask a thinker? Is it not: “What were you thinking?” (the title of one of my previous books). What is a common response to a thinker’s answer to that question? Is it not: “What were you thinking?”—an exclamation echoed at times by his or her own “What was I thinking?” Yes, it is not only (rare) others who ask a thinker, “What were you thinking?”; it is also the thinker who asks himself or herself, “What was I thinking?” (someone who never asks himself or herself this question is not a thinker).
Monday, February 26, 2018
Vertiginous Variations on Vertigo composes a variant of Hitchcock’s Vertigo in which, among other things, Scottie’s drive for reenactment and repetition is not satisfied once he has made Judy look exactly like the beloved he lost, Madeleine.
Friday, February 23, 2018, 7pm
What is the medium of thought today? If the post-Kantian critique of technology saw in the means of thinking (from writing to cinema) the promise of an anti-metaphysical image of thought, how can the critique of the digital address the medium of thought beyond the sheer instrumentality of mindless networks of decision-making?
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7pm
Written as a wake-up call to the field of media studies, The Message is Murder analyzes the violence bound up in the everyday functions of digital media. At its core is the concept of 'computational capital' – the idea that capitalism itself is a computer, turning qualities into quantities, and that the rise of digital culture and technologies under capitalism should be seen as an extension of capitalism's bloody logic.
January 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 6pm
In this lecture-performance, artist Zach Blas gazes into the crystal balls of Silicon Valley and charts the transmutation of big data into a magical substance that predicts—and polices—our future.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:30pm
With Julieta Aranda, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Liam Gillick, Hito Steyerl, and Brian Kuan Wood.
Friday, January 19, 2018, 7pm
The earliest essays in Midnight were written in the 1980s while Molly Nesbit was teaching in New York at Columbia University. There she met Hilton Als, Yasmin Ramirez, and Ann Reynolds, all of whom would take their art history forward in their own ways. The evening at e-flux will bring them back together to talk over their sense of the possibilities now. Non-art historians are warmly invited.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7pm
Featuring the lecture "Becoming Cosmic" by Boris Groys, a discussion between Elena Zaytseva and Anton Vidokle, and a screening of the film Data Field by Alex Anikina.
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