Search Results

Search using the field above
Back to top
Loading previous position
Scroll to previous position
366_01 Really WorkingFeature.jpg
Is It Really Working? A Physical Symposium on Materiality and Queer Practices/Strategies
April 13 – May 25, 2014
→ CCS Bard Galleries, Hessel Museum of Art
Curated by
  • Clara Lopez Menendez
Part of
Exhibition Category
Thesis Exhibitions

The symposium-crash course takes place at the Center for Curatorial Studies and other Bard College facilities between the April 10 – 14, 2014. Participants are Vanessa Anspaugh, Amelia Bande, Gregg Bordowitz, Andrew Kachel, Alhena Katsof, Clara López Menéndez, students and faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

_Scene B

Some lives discuss forms of infectious responsibilities in rooms of preparation, for a professional existence in a neoliberal culture-life. They converge in a physical symposium between April 10 – April 14, 2013._

– Who? Who is talking about work?

– Look around you. Who is working right now? Who is not? If there are those who are not working, what exactly are they, or we, doing right now?

– Are you working?

– No… I don’t know.

– Should artists fight to get their activities defined as work to be able to justify a demand for economical security, a sense of community, pride and recognition, or should we define what we do as something else?

– Is it still possible to deal with NY on a level of “local culture”, or is NY’s self-image too dependent on its international ties?

– A central paradox of any transformative criticism: its dreams are founded on a history of suffering, precariousness and violence.

– What would be the points of refusal to agree on in order to achieve a post-capitalist reality?

– For those alive to the fragility of power, there are many opportunities to turn situations of domination to advantages.

– Art is not outside politics. Politics is its production, its distribution, and its reception. Queer labor is the affective necessary work of queer desire. A vision of the indeterminacy of value.

– How to use that?

– We are all using ourselves as material in collaboration.

– We must make the intelligible appear against its emptiness and deny its necessity; truly challenge the question: what can be played?[1]


[1] This dialogue consists of textual excerpts from the following sources: YES! Association/Föreningen JA! [Act 5: Die Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise], Guerrilla Art Action Group [Action 46], Heather Love [Feeling Backward], Hito Steyerl [Politics of Art: Contemporary Art and the Transition to Post-Democracy], Meg Wesling [Queer Value] and Michael Foucault [Friendship as a Way of Life].

Curated by Clara López Menéndez