*17th April* Nothing Wrong with Being Radical – Lecture(s) with Brian Holmes & Rick van Amersfoort (Buro Jansen & Janssen)

Posted on April 9, 2012

Project Goleb Presents

Nothing Wrong With Being Radical

Lecture(s) with Brian Holmes & Rick van Amersfoort (Buro Jansen & Janssen)

(Fragment from) The Revelation of the Concealed by Renée Ridgway, 2012

Tuesday 17th April @ 19:30

Goleb, Burg. De Vlugtlaan 125, Amsterdam


Goleb is pleased to announce Nothing Wrong With Being Radical, an evening of lectures with guest speakers Brian Holmes and Rick van Amersfoort.

Brian Holmes is an art and cultural critic whose blog Continental Drift (the other side of neoliberal globalisation) acts as an archive for his texts and reflects a series of seminars Holmes carried out with various people throughout the world, including the notorious self-organized New York art space 16 Beaver Group. For this event Holmes will be discussing his new line of enquiry on the subject of Technopolitics, entitled Crisis Theory for Complex Societies. This project aims to map the multiple forces that come together to bring about societal change. (See below for a full abstract on the evening’s lecture).

Brian’s talk will be accompanied with a lecture by Buro Janssen & Jansen researcher, Rick van Amersfoort. Buro Janssen & Jansen are an organisation who utilize the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to critically investigate the police, justice, secret services and home affairs in Holland and the European Union. Van Amersfoort will be discussing a recent project that addresses the de-radicalization of the Counter Culture in Western Europe since the fall of the Berlin wall.

The evening will also serve as the Amsterdam book launch for The Relevation of the Concealed, Politics (in)forms: Freedom of Information Act Results (WOB/FOIA) by Renée Ridgway. With contributions by Freek Lomme, Simon Ferdinando and Rick van Amersfoort.

Information, books, discussions and drinks will be available at the bar.

Tickets: €4 (suggested)

Organized by Renée Ridgway + Taf Hassam

Supported by Goleb

Crisis Theory for Complex Societies
Technopolitics research project by Brian Holmes

How do societies change? We know that capitalism develops in forty-to-sixty year cycles, bookended by great crashes and periods of stagnation. Technologies and relations of production are transformed along with modes of government and social reproduction. New patterns of trade and international relations emerge on the geopolitical level. Ten or fifteen years later, people look back and realize: “That was a turning point. The world is different now.” Such a change has been experienced in living memory, with the turmoil of the late sixties/early seventies that ushered in neoliberalism. Why should we wait for fifteen years to find out what will emerge from the current crisis? By bringing together the work of the technological innovation school, the regulation approach and world-systems theory, this project aims to map out the interrelations between multiple fields of societal transformation. The aim is strategic: understanding sharpens the capacity for intervention. The presentation will offer a rapid overview of the theoretical framework and the work in progress.

Brian Holmes is a cultural critic, living in Chicago after 20 years in Paris. He holds a doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley, was the English editor of publications for Documenta X, was a member of the editorial collective of the French journal Multitudes from 2003 to 2008, and has published a collection of texts on art and social movements entitled Hieroglyphs of the Future: Art & Politics in a Networked Era (Zagreb: WHW, 2002); Unleashing the Collective Phantoms: Essays in Reverse Imagineering (New York: Autonomedia, 2007); and Escape The Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society (Eindhoven and Zagreb: Vanabbemuseum/WHW, 2009). In 2009, Holmes was awarded the Vilém Flusser Prize for Theory at Transmediale in Berlin.

Rick van Amersfoort is a researcher at Buro Jansen & Janssen. Jansen & Janssen publishes a quarterly newsletter, books, magazines, reports and numerous websites that make visible Buro Jansen & Janssen’s research and engagement with the public: http://www.openbaarheid.nl, http://www.openheid.nl, http://justitievrijheidenveiligheid.nl, http://www.preventieffouilleren.nl, http://www.identificatieplicht.nl. Van Amersfoort has lectured at museums and institutions: Van Abbe Museum (2010), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2008), Casco Projects (2009), Fort Asperen (2011) and at universities and conferences in the Netherlands, Europe and abroad. For the past 10 years he has also worked as an experimental videographer, traveling through Africa, Asia and Latin America, conducting interviews with local people about their situations and concerns in relation to transnational companies.


http://brianholmes.wordpress.com (Text archive)




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