Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5 pm
Project Room SCCA, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana
Mikkel Bindslev’s talk
What is happening now? Beginning with this question, MB sets out to discuss how archaeology liberates us from the illusion that living in the present coincides with our own “now”. In this way archaeology serves as a material basis for a radical unsettling or disruption of philosophy, art and poetics.
Amy Ireland’s talk
Beginning with the apparent triviality of an encounter with Mikkel Bindslev on a street corner in Shanghai, Amy Ireland draws a line from the concrete to the abstract, passing through reflections on xenofeminism, xenopoetics, alienation, justice, nihilism, empathy, and suffering, to emerge, not unscathed, with an ethics of intensity founded upon the mortification of knowledge by time.
Mikkel Bindslev is Scandinavian archaeologist, editor and writer, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Drawing on archaeological excavations in Scandinavia and the Middle East and translations and editorial work for a variety of Scandinavian arts and literature journals, MB’s writings are primarily concerned with the intersection of philosophy, theory, poetry, art and archaeology.
Amy Ireland is an Australian writer and theorist currently based in Singapore. Her research focuses on questions of agency and technology in modernity and she is a member of the technomaterialist transfeminist collective Laboria Cuboniks. Recent work includes ‘Beside a Cold Statue’ for Florian Hecker’s Inspection II (Urbanomic and Editions Mego, 2019); ‘Module 3’, a three-dimensional poetry work commissioned for the Barbican’s AI: More Than Human exhibition catalogue (2019); and contributions to Audint–Unsound:Undead (Steve Goodman, Toby Heys and Eleni Ikoniadou, eds., Falmouth: Urbanomic, 2019).
Talk is prepared by Šum journal and is part of the series Parallel Systems. Establishing and Forming Media Art organised by School for Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing World of Art (SCCA-Ljubljana) and Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory in partnership with the ŠUM journal, Goethe-Institut Ljubljana, The Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Slovenia, the Balassi Institute Ljubljana, Museum of Modern Art/Moderna galerija and Trubar Literature House.
The programme is supported by: City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, ERSTE Foundation and Zaklada Kultura nova.