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2010-07-01
THE POTENTIAL OF FAILURES

THE KNOT in Warsaw, Pole Mokotowskie (photo: Robert Bęza)

Readings for Artworkers is a series of seminars at the Free/Slow University of Warsaw based on the principles of self-organization, parallel exchange of knowledge and intensive participation of artists, intellectuals, cultural activists and theoreticians of culture as well as members of many other disciplines.

When we talk about future form of community, design social utopias we are seduced by the vision of the social as perfect whole. Inability to bring the whole into being the way it has been planned undermines our belief in the ideals that were behind it. The presumption that "Ideal were good but the practice didn't meet them" which is often an argument against communist social.

During the seminar we would like to take this statement as descriptive not normative one and reflect on the society as an ongoing process of constant transformation in which nothing is definitively decided. I would like to discuss the society as assemblage of part that for a whole that it not logically necessary but contingently obligatory. And to look on the moments that we regard as failures as the potentially (and there interesting moments) that necessary points of passage into the better reordering of elements.

HOST

Joanna Erbel

SPECIAL GUEST
Jon Brunberg

READINGS
1. Manuel DeLanda: A New Philosophy of Society. Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity
2. Oskar Hansen: Ku Formie Otwartej

LINK
www.knotland.net