ICS: Open house with Benjamin Noys, May 17

 14-17th of May, Institute for Collective Studies will be working at Weld with some sort of site-specific reflection on the topic Collectivity and the Negative. ICS explores practical strategies for how we can be active without producing value. Friday the 17th of May at 7pm, we have open house together with Benjamin Noys.

Participants: Corina Oprea, Johanna Gustavsson, Cecilia Germain, Rasmus Nielsen and Anders Paulin.
ICS is initiated by Corina Oprea and Anders Paulin.

Institute for Collective Studies
is a reply to the increased profile on instrumentalization of artistic research in both an academic and professional context.

In this context of the institutionalization and commodification of artist practice as well as knowledge, Institute for Collective Studies intends to investigate different formats of independent research structures, allowing questions and activities in a collective context.

Parallel to the growing production of artistic research and criticality, discourse and reflection do risk to become consumer products rather than implemented tools. In the hectic up-beat techno tempo of innovation ideology, programmers of art venues as well as research departments easily turn into fashionistas anxiously looking for the next discoursive Harlem Shake, scared stiff that they might not discover it until it already has become last years Gangnam Style.

Benjamin Noys
is Reader in English at the University of Chichester. He is the author of Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction (2000), The Culture of Death (2005), The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Theory (2010), and editor of Communization and Its Discontents(2011).