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September 15, 2006

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School


The Public Domain

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School Launches “The Public Domain,” annual theme for 2006-2007 :: The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, New York City :: Further information: 212.229.5353 or kuonic[at]newschool.edu.

September 14, 2006 – 6:30 p.m. :: Inaugural Lecture :: The Eclipse of the Public: The Necessity to Revitalize the Public Sphere by Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research :: Each year, an inaugural lecture launches the Vera List Center’s annual theme, defining the intellectual territory that will be explored in public programs throughout the year. Professor Bernstein will discuss the meaning of the concepts of public life and public space in the works of John Dewey, Hannah Arendt, and Jurgen Habermas, and will consider how these concepts are relevant for understanding public freedom and democracy.

Future Events:

September 25, 2006M – 6:30 p.m.
Mapping. And Now We Can See it All?
William Bevington, Parson Institute for Information Mapping
Daniel N. Dubno, Producer, CBS News
Joy Hirsch, Columbia University, Department of Neuroscience
Henrik Mayer, Reinigungsgesellschaft

A discussion on the different areas in which information is decoded, presented, and processed in an overstimulated culture, with a focus on the politics of information mapping in terms of what is revealed and what is concealed.

September 29, 2006 – 7 p.m.
Negativland: Adventures in Illegal Art
A Performance by Mark Hosler
Of mythical stature in the worlds of music, performance and law, Negativland presents a film/performance/lecture by one of its four members, co-founder Mark Hosler.

For over two decades, Negativland has not just touched on critical issues but has actually provoked, and in court defended, them: concepts such as intellectual property issues, file sharing, media literacy, creative activism in a media-saturated multinational world, evolving notions of art and ownership, and law in a digital age.

October 27, 2006 – 6:30 p.m.
Public Space and Sustainable Development
The Future of an Old City
Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, WORKac, New York
John Krieble, Office of Sustainable Design, City of New York
Victoria Meyers, Landscape Architect
Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Parsons The New School of Design
Joel Towers, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School

As the distinction between commerce and leisure is increasingly blurred, public space has morphed into a structure that is semi-private, semi-governmental and facilitates both commerce and entertainment. This panel considers how sustainable design—with its emphasis on energy conservation, efficiency, environmentally reflexive material specification etc.—has been deployed in contemporary public space through developers’ initiatives and government subsidies, and to what ends.

December 4, 2006 – 6:30 p.m.
Open Source on the Line
Cory Arcangel, artist
Daniel Mayer, CFO, Wikipedia
and others

A discussion on the contested terrain of open source culture online, and how new models and practices offer innovative artistic and political possibilities to some, and questionable author- and ownership complications to others. Panelists from different disciplines and backgrounds will explore the effects of online platforms such as Wikipedia and delicious on culture and offline systems of knowledge, as well as current challenges to open source principles such as “net neutrality.” Presented in collaboration with Rhizome.

Additional programs in the works.

Posted by jo at September 15, 2006 12:38 PM