Topology: Spaces of Transformation @ TATE MODERN

Topology: Spaces of Transformation
November 2011 – June 2012
Tate Modern – Starr Auditorium

Giorgio Agamben, Étienne Balibar, Rosi Braidotti, Drucilla Cornell, Olafur Eliasson, David Harvey, Bruno Latour, Achille Mbembe, Sandro Mezzadra, Ernesto Neto, Luiz Alberto Oliveira, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Suely Rolnik, Peter Sloterdijk, Anton Schütz, Shiv Visvanathan, Peter Weibel, Thanos Zartaloudis.

Topology: Spaces of Transformation is a major series of Keynote Conversations with leading intellectuals, artists and writers on the stakes and implications of topology on thinking, writing, making and acting.

Topology is an understanding of space in terms of properties of connectedness and invariance under transformation. Since its construction by mathematicians in the first half of the twentieth century, topological operators such as limit, boundary, interior, exterior, neighbourhood, disconnection and cut have been widely used by a generation of psychoanalysts, architects, artists, scientists and philosophers. Topological understandings of movement-space, multiplicity, differentiation and exclusive inclusion in turn have led to new ideas of power, subjectivity, and creativity.

Can topological practices be neutral? Is there a politics of knowledge production to be taken into account here? Who are the addressees? If the conceptual language of relationships, intensities and transformations inform a radical understanding of political conflicts, ecological crisis, neo-liberal capital, civil insurrection unfolding in the contemporary world, the ambition of many of our invited speakers is to challenge normative geometries with topologies of resistance that de-centre spaces of domination. Topology: Spaces of Transformation is aimed at rendering explicit the urgency of topological thinking in creating the conditions to live with courage of mind, to navigate the co-existent forces of a globalized world: To live as insurgent architects of spaces of hope.

Saturday 5 November 2011, 2 – 4:30pm
Étienne Balibar, Sandro Mezzadra, Bernard Burgoyne

Edges of the World
Ernesto Neto, Rosi Braidotti, Luiz Alberto Oliveira
Saturday 21 January 2012, 2 – 4:30pm

Continuity/ Infinity
Saturday 3 March 2012, 2 – 4:30pm
Olafur Eliasson, Bruno Latour, Peter Weibel

Contemporary Art as the Space of Liturgy
Saturday 31 March 2012, 2 – 4:30pm
Giorgio Agamben, Thanos Zartaloudis, Anton Schütz

Epistemologies of the South: Reinventing Social Emancipation
Saturday 28 April 2012, 2 – 4:30pm
Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Shiv Visvanathan

Emancipation Beyond Macro-politics
Saturday 28th April 2012, 2 – 4:30pm
Suely Rolnik

The Vast Space-Time of Revolutions Becoming
Saturday 12 May 2012, 2 – 5pm
Drucilla Cornell, David Harvey, Achille Mbembe

Spatialised Immunity
Saturday 9 June 2012, 2 – 4:30pm
Peter Sloterdijk

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