WHAP!—the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series—was launched in the Fall of 2011, and is co-hosted by the city of West Hollywood and the MA Program in Aesthetics & Politics. 

The series' lineup ranges from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture and philosophy. Most events will take place either in the Council Chambers (street level) or in the Community Room (upstairs) at the West Hollywood library, located on 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the CalArts Calendar for full event listings.

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'The Truth is a Joke? Performatives and Jokes in Derrida and Austin'

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'Art Student, Art Worker: The Decommodified Labor of Studentdom'

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'The Culture of Secular Stagnation'

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'All That Is Solid Melts Into Data'

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'Toward a Marxist Theory of Cultural Policy'

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'Flicker time: liquid bodies and cosmic states'

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Drawing upon extensive experience as a curator, a critical thinker and practitioner, Bridget Crone focuses on the intersection of the moving image and performance practices in conjunction with an interrogation of the body, visuality, and temporality. In this talk she will address questions of contemporary art and critical philosophy as they are manifest in art processes today, but also in terms of challenging spaces of reception and the institutional and political contexts for current exhibitions.

 

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'in/ibid./form'

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This past year’s MA students in the Program of Aesthetics and Politics at California Institute of the Arts will present some of their current work dealing with aspects of their theses, as well as ongoing research, including artistic and critical endeavors. As a showcase for the program, and as an opportunity for presenting innovative work, this event will offer a number of unique and compelling approaches to the questions of politics and art in the contemporary moment.

 

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'Pattern Recognition c. 1947'

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Having in recent work addressed the processes of globalization through the lens of contemporary art—both as object and as agent—Pamela M. Lee’s new work analyzes key elements of the very dense history of the Cold War, and the increasing intensity of visual culture.

 

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'The Cold World and the Collective Subject'

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How can artists, activists, and citizens in general engage the increasing complexity of the global system, and the veritable explosion of a new type of capitalism with its production of data, control, and rampant inequities. Patricia Reed analyzes this emergent configuration from a perspective of ‘optimist realism,’ proposing the dynamics of a perspectival shift utilizing the forces of alienation to construct innovative models of collective agency generated by the interface of the concretely situated and the abstractly conceptual. Her talk will investigate some of these issues with regard to the advent of a/the Cold World.

 

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Art and the Long Downturn

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Cultural Policy and Ungovernability, 1967-1982

Sarah Brouillette is Professor of English at Carleton University, where she teaches contemporary literature, the history of the book, and social and cultural theory. She is the author of Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace (2007), Literature and the Creative Economy (2014), and a forthcoming study of the history of cultural policy.

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Contemporary Art/Contemporary Globalization

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Jan Nederveen Pieterse will explore how Art and globalization as well as art and architecture spread, whom does art serve and art patronage over time. Modern times brought accelerations of globalization, of art forms and their international radius. 

 

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How to Travel in a Digital Age : Geek Globalisms and the Digital Divide by Kavita Philip

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This talk sketches a political /psychic economy of informational capitalism, seeking to understand the shifting ontologies implicit in the gendered, sexualized, and racialized landscapes of the “age of information” and the rise of “emerging” economies.

 

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Human Trafficking in Global Perspective

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In this presentation Pardis Mahdavi will examine the suturing of the two wars. The “war on terror” and the “war on trafficking”, two seemingly separate initiatives, have become interwoven in recent years and conspire to castigate Muslim majority countries as sites of depravity, difference and danger, fueling Islamophobic rhetoric about the “clash of civilizations” (Huntington 1993).

 

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