Day 3 Rietveld Studium Generale curated by André Lepecki
24 Mar 2017

Three-days conference-festival curated by guest curators Melanie BuehlerWarren Neidich and André Lepecki, who have each inaugurated a discursive and performative program. 

Teijin Auditorium
10 am - 4:45 pm
Museum card 3 E | Student 10,50 | Regular 18E*

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* students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie receive ticket by presenting student ID.

Culture and brain form complex systems of influence, control and resistance. The present brain seems to have been invaded by technology: machines increasingly perform the previously human tasks of language, memory, and imagination, with our learning processes taken up by automated and algorithmic procedures. What are the philosophical, social and political implications of this cognitive automation for our brains and bodies? What is happening to our subjectivity, identity and free will?

MARCH 24, 2018
André Lepecki: “On Making Collective Heads: Performance, Choreography, Theory and the Social Body”

Artists and scholars gather together from fields such as contemporary choreography, experimental performance, affect theory, queer and neurodiversity studies, and performance studies whose work has helped expand our understanding of the relations between brain and body, brain and art, and brain and the social-political sphere. Their different social, theoretical, and artistic practices challenge normative notions of the brain as a tightly encased organ governing a self-contained, self-possessed and autonomous agential subject, suggesting instead that the brain is never quite where it is supposed to be. Continuously spilling out across space and time, aggregating, and splitting up – and also being aggregated by other bodies, affects, and matters, including the brains and affects of non-human species and their singular modes of being – a brain’s location must necessarily then be always in a collective head (to paraphrase the title of a 1975 participatory work by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, Cabeça coletiva).

With: André Lepecki, Patricia Clough, Mette Edvardsen, Leon Hilton, and Anne Juren. 


10:00 Walk-in
10:00 André Lepecki, Introduction
10:45 Patricia Ticineto Clough, The Autoaffection of the Brain and the Nonhuman Unconscious
12:00 Break
12:15 Mette Edvardsen, On Learning Books by Heart (with performance)
1:30 Lunch
2:15 Anne Juren, Studies on Fantasmical Anatomy Vol. 2 (performance)
3:30 Break
3:45 Leon J. Hilton, Disability Aesthetics, Schizoanalysis, and the Neural Subject

For an overview of the full program, please click here


Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, an exploratory theory program aimed at all departments, open to the public.


Chief curator: Jorinde Seijdel
Associate curator: Jort van der Laan