How can art work toward overcoming the problems inherent in its commodification? What role does art have in advancing the struggle for human emancipation? A conversation with artists Conrad Bakker and Lisa Vinebaum and writers Keith Brown and. Yasmin Nair.
As a corollary to the Gender and Sexuality reading group taking place concurrently, Platypus will be screening Aeon Flux, the animated television series that aired on MTV in the 90s and has since become an avant garde cult classic in both the genres of animation and science fiction.
After an introductory teach-in, this four week reading group will examine and contextualize the meaning and future of sexual politics through an discussion of the struggle for sexual emancipation in the epoch of capitalism.
The second half of our regular reading group will explore the politics of the twentieth century, ranging from the radical debates of the Second International to the critical theory of the Frankfurt School.
Taking advantage of the January break in our primary reading group schedule, we will hold a discussion of the recent Hannah Arendt biopic by the German New Wave director Margarethe von Trotta.
From the financial crisis and the bank bail-outs to the question of “sovereign debt”; from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street; from the struggle for a unified European-wide policy to the elections in Greece and Egypt that seem to have threatened so much and promised so little—the need to go beyond mere “protest” has asserted itself: political revolution is in the air, again.
The Dutch atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen recently characterized the period marked by the start of the industrial revolution in the 18th Century to the present as a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. This periodization is meant to capture a change in the history of the planet, namely that for the first time in history its course will be determined by the question of what humanity will become.
The Second International (1889-1914), The Russian Revolution (1917), The Old Left (1930s), The New Left (1960s).
Four sessions of readings focusing largely, although not exclusively, on content generated by the Platypus Review, the aim of these sessions is to provide attendees with a sense of the raison d’être of the Platypus project.