Virtual workshop with artist Warren Neidich

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A virtual workshop with conceptual artist, writer, and theorist Warren Neidich, hosted by the Indeterminacy Project, University of Dundee

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The Brain without Organs: Art and Indeterminacy

Artistic interventions attuned to chance, indeterminacy and unpredictability, e.g. those used by Duchamp in his 1915-23 Large Glass, or the works of the Fluxus group, play havoc with the cultural milieu’s gestalts, affordances and attention networks. Using Activist Neuroaesthetics as a framework I want to understand how such artistic interventions arbitrate between the material conditions of the mutating cultural habitus (what I call the extra-cranial brain) and the material architecture of the intra-cranial brain housed in the bony carapace of the skull. In the workshop, we will explore the emancipatory political consequences of indeterminacy through deep reading, performance and participatory action to understand the links between the brain’s neural variation and its plasticity, and to understand how and why Brain without Organs (like Deleuze’s Body without Organs) rejects the discipline of the organization of the organism.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Warren Neidich is an internationally renowned conceptual artist, writer, and theorist. He is the founding director of Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art and the English editor of Archive Books, Berlin. Neidich’s Pizzagate Neon was exhibited in the 2019 Venice Bienniale and at Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum in 2020. Selected Awards and Fellowships include: Fulbright, University of Cairo, 2013; Vilem Flusser Theory Award, Berlin, 2010; and AHRB/ACE Arts & Science Research Fellowship, Bristol, 2004. Recently published books include Glossary of Cognitive Capitalism (2019) Neuromacht (2017) and The Colour of Politics (2018). Nedich has been guest tutor at Goldsmiths, London, the Weissensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin as well as lecturing at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and Brown universities, the University of Oxford, Cambridge, and at Jan Van Eyke Academy and Cal Arts, among others. His work is represented by Priska Pasquer Gallery, Koln, and Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich.

This workshop will be preceded by Glitch Western Film and video games with Jon Cates, and followed by artist talks by Jon Cates and Warren Neidich

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