Citizenship for a Posthumanrights World with Victoria Ivanova
November 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 2016
November 10, 2016 , 7PM
Public Talk: Gerald Nestler and Victoria Ivanova, ArtCenter/South Florida
November 16th, 7PM
Public Talk in collaboration with Fall Semester at ICA, Miami
ArtCenter/South Florida (924, Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) Public Presentation: ICA, Miami (4040 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137)
Citizenship for a Posthumanrights World is a project launched by Victoria Ivanova at ArtCenter/ South Florida that investigates the possibilities offered by the art field to prototype speculative citizenship frameworks and devise new approaches to policy. Existing citizenship models are predicated on governance structures and conceptions of the human subject that are no longer in sync with our present conditions, whether in relationship to the (ever unresolved) problem of state-led juridical legitimation of the human subject, the inability of the human rights system to provide a ‘fall-back scenario’, or the need to rethink human subjecthood altogether. Existing models also delimit our political horizons, inhibiting us from forming progressive responses to challenges that require scaleable and systemically-driven thinking. How can the art field be used as a platform to produce such thinking, and what methodologies can be (and are already being) employed to engage with the future on the terms of its complexity?
Starting from an interrogation of the confluences, failures and affordances of human rights and contemporary art as mediation regimes of related liberal ideologies, Session I (Wednesday, November 9) proposes that a new mediation regime — a posthumanrights regime — is necessary to allow for systemically-oriented, yet nuanced, conceptions of ‘subjecthood’ and ‘agency’ to emerge. Session II (Thursday, November 10), co-led with Gerald Nestler explores the latter from the perspective of global financialisation and the emergence of what Nestler calls ‘the derivative condition’. In Session III (Friday, November 11), together with Kat Ditzig of offshoreart.co, we continue to explore global configurations that are being driven by economic and geopolitical considerations but which may offer new access points and leverage potentials for cultural actors. In Session IV (Monday, November 14), we are joined by artist Morehshin Allahyari and architectural collective TOMA to discuss how their practices are reconfiguring what ‘agency’ and ‘activism’ could mean in the fields of art and architecture. Session V (Tuesday, November 15) offers a chance to reflect on the selected case-studies vis-a-vis the larger question of future citizenship forms and strategies that are required to shape them from the art field, as well to start sketching out a speculative proposal to emerge from this first iteration of Citizenship for a Posthumanrights World program.
Victoria Ivanova is a curator, writer and researcher living in London. Having previously worked in the human rights field, in 2010, she co-founded a multidisciplinary cultural platform in Donetsk, Ukraine, which critically explored the intersection between activism, education and artistic research. Ivanova is also one of the founding members of Real Flow—a research and development platform for socialising finance. Her practice is largely informed by systems analysis and her interest in infrastructures as mechanisms for shaping and (re)producing socio-economic and political realities. Ivanova’s recent publications include ‘Art’s Values: A Détente, a Grand Plié’ in Parse 2: The Value of Contemporary Art (2015), ‘Novelty Intermediation and the Future of Accelerationist Politics’ in Reinventing Horizons (2016) and ‘Fractured Mediations’ in The Time-Complex. Postcontemporary (2016).