Navigating Turbulences: CCC public seminar

Navigating Turbulences: CCC public seminar

Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)

(1) French army camp, Tiaret, Algeria, 1960s. Photo: Service Historique de l’Armée de Terre, 1H 1119. (2) Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani, Liquid Traces, 2014. Photo: Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani. (3) Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, 2016. Photo: Alyssa Schukar. (4) Susan Schuppli, Trace Evidence, 2016. Video trilogy, colour, 4-channel sound, 55 minutes. Image: Susan Schuppli. (5) Flash crash of the pound, 2016. Graph: Bloomberg.
November 20, 2016
Navigating Turbulences: CCC public seminar

Applications open: mid-November, 2016
Open days 2017: Friday, January 20, 2–7pm, and
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10am–6pm

HEAD – Genève
Seminar room CCC, salle 27, 2nd floor
Boulevard Helvétique 9
1205 Geneva

Navigating Turbulences names the Public Seminar 2016/17 that is organised by the CCC Research Master program of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Genève. More a frame than a theme, Navigating Turbulences proposes to continue to think together about the need for new vocabularies for living in global turbulences by means of contemporary research processes. Each session will introduce a particular approach for understanding and undertaking research as a practice in the arts.

The condition of turbulences creates a situation in which knowledge and non-knowledge exist together. In a condition of turbulence, on one side, we can rely on knowledge about science, history, rituals, regulations and systems that seem to secure our place in the world. On the other side, the moment of turbulence carries the condition of non-knowledge, in which it is not clear exactly what will happen next: language is missing, borders are closed, translation is needed, the mind is closer to the body, control mechanisms and systems fail, dominant histories unravel and collaborative thinking is important. It is a moment of a relational uncertainty that holds the potential to open up a new horizon.

How can we move in times of turbulences? Navigating from inside a condition of turbulences begins by rendering precisely the problem of localization in continuous interaction with geopolitical global entanglements. This, in itself, is nothing new. These entanglements have long histories and privilege certain positionalities, reason enough to articulate precisely our position in relation to the world: we may think here about global trade-routes, contemporary trajectories of sea migration, the abstract flows of financial capitalism, weaponized image-technologies, the algorithmic architectures of planetary computation, the uneven geographies of knowledge, the politics of translation, and so on. Who are “we” in such a stack of layers?

The public seminar Navigating Turbulences (English/French) builds upon the CCC-Curriculum with its faculty members teaching Research Practice, Situated Art Practices, Critical Studies, the Curatorial, Political Studies and Theory Fiction. Moreover, the public seminar will also contain sessions on the institutionalisation of lifelong learning; this reflects the current expansion of ‘practice-led PhDs’ in art academy contexts and resonates with the newly established CCC PhD-Forum with guests.

Fall term 2016 

Monday, October 10, 7pm:
Research Practice with Samia Henni

Monday, October 31, 7pm:
Political Studies with Pierre Hazan

Wednesday, November 16, 7pm:
POOL.CH with Charles Heller and Susan Schuppli

Wednesday, November 30, 7pm:
Theory Fiction with Kodwo Eshun

Thursday, December 15, 7pm:
PhD-Forum with Andrea Phillips

Monday, January 16, 7pm:
Critical Studies with Gene Ray

Navigating Turbulences continues in the spring term 2017: The Curatorial with Doreen Mende and Situated Art Practices with Anne-Julie Raccoursier, among others. Curriculum-related alliances take place with Vera Tollmann of the Research Center for Proxy Politics as well as Tom Holert and Volker Pantenburg of the Harun Farocki Institute.

The CCC Research Master program is one of three master programs of the Department of Visual Arts at the Haute d’école d’art et design, HEAD – Genève. The CCC Master engages with the work on research methodologies to articulate processes, collaborations and projects with the objective to encourage students to initiate new vocabularies for being in the world in the 21st century. The letter C stands for critical, curatorial, cybernetic studies and opens towards horizons of conceptual, constellational, (anti-)colonial, computational, compositional, cross-cultural, conversational, communal, cyclonopedic, correlational, cosmic, controversial or confessional investigations. In the context of a research-based program in the arts of higher education in Europe, we need to rethink the localizations of knowledge in relation to our entanglement with geopolitical, post-historical, inhuman and energy infrastructures through questions such as: which knowledge? Whose knowledge? For which purposes? And how do we get there? The curriculum follows a transdisciplinary pedagogy informed by artistic thinking and operates through a bi-lingual (English/French) environment with a transcontinental group of faculty and students.


Head CCC Research Master program: Doreen Mende
CCC Assistant Researchers: Camilla Paolino and Mélissa Tun Tun.
Contact: [email protected]

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