Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

#3 Reading Workshop together with Riga Biennial
the Former Faculty of Biology

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Arts (RIBOCA) in collaboration with the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) invites to the third reading workshop which will take place on Wednesday, 4 July at 6 pm the Former Faculty of Biology of the University of Latvia (Kronvalda bulvāris 4, Rīga) or, in good weather conditions, next to James Beckett's installation "Palace ", located in Kronvalda Park.

Free admission.

# 3 workshop

Anthropocene: the change of perspective and search for new alliances

The Anthropocene is said to be the era in which human impact or rather – an impact of certain forms of human existence - has become so forceful that we are seeing shifting seas, changes in climate and the disappearance of innumerable species. The global nature of climate change, capital, toxicity have motivated theoreticians across fields to search for new disciplinary combinations and alliances that are necessary for a world in which humans and nonhumans alike thrive. Anthropocene has meant also a radical change in the conditions of visuality and the transformation of the world into images. How do images now participate in the forming of worlds? How do images become forms of thought constituting a new kind of knowledge?

The content of the workshop will be based on texts as follows:

Elizabeth A. Povinelli, “Geontologies: The Figures and the Tactics” e-flux journal #78 — december 2016

Irmgard Emmelheinz, “Images Do Not Show: The Desire to See in the Anthropocene”. Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. Ed. H. Davis and E.Turpin, 2015, p.131-142

Participants are requested to show their interest by emailing to readingworkshop2018@gmail.com; after that, they will receive the texts for the upcoming sessions. Texts should be read before the workshop.

Reading workshops are curated and moderated by Ieva Astahovska (LCCA) and Zane Zajančkauska (RIBOCA)

The reading workshop will focus on change and our ability to adapt, the approach offered by transhumanism and posthumanism to what is and can be human, transformations of neoliberal capitalism and their effects in the lives of people and societies. The workshops will also address local, regional and global geopolitical relationships and their changes, which affect the perception of place and time as the current moment, within the flow of perpetual change, seems to take place “faster than history”. History, however, continues to affect the present and the visions of future, which requires radically new social, technological and economic models. The workshops will also focus on the role of contemporary art in understanding these experiences.