This event serves as a prelude to the publishing of Cartographies of the Absolute, and continues the address of art’s figuring of capitalist ideology that formed a central concern within the recent Artists Space exhibition Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism. Toscano and Kinkle will present key sections of the book, and then discuss its concerns with artist Melanie Gilligan, whose episodic films have sought to address a capitalist imaginary through familiar modes of televisual and cinematic representation.
Cartographies of the Absolute
Alberto Toscano & Jeff Kinkle, with Melanie Gilligan
Friday, October 10, 2014, 7pm
Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street
$5 Entrance Donation
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Alberto Toscano is a cultural critic, social theorist and philosopher who lectures in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Theatre of Production (2006), and Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea (2010). He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory and has translated several works by Alain Badiou to English.
Jeff Kinkle is a writer, translator and law student based in New York. He earned a PhD from the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London in 2010. He is a member of the SITE Magazine editorial board and co-founder of the artist group Sakerna with Emanuel Almborg.
Melanie Gilligan is an artist and writer based in New York. She has a connected series of forthcoming solo exhibitions in the Netherlands at Casco, Utrecht; De Appel, Amsterdam; and De Hallen in Haarlem. Her work has been exhibited at the Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; ICA, London; and mumok, Vienna. Her writing has appeared in magazines and journals including Texte zur Kunst, Artforum, Mute, and Grey Room. She was a fellow with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in 2004-5.