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Slought in New York at ZONE:Chelsea
Curated by Aaron Levy, Jean-Michel Rabat, and Osvaldo Romberg

Nov 29, 2007-Dec 15, 2007

Press Release


Opening reception: Thursday, November 29, 2007, 6-9pm

 

 

 

 

An archival exploration into the activities of Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, featuring information about past projects with William Anastasi, Arakawa + Gins, Gnter Brus, Hlne Cixous, Braco Dimitrijevic, Fred Forest, Hermann Nitsch, Dennis Oppenheim, David Stephens, Marjorie Welish, et al.

 

How can organizations located on the periphery of major international art cities contribute to and provoke the cultural and political landscape? What can a young organization that resists the market-driven orientation of today's cultural institutions achieve with minimal private funding and an all-volunteer staff? An archival exploration into the activities of Slought Foundation in Philadelphia since its inception in 2002. It will feature information about past projects with William Anastasi, Arakawa + Gins, Gnter Brus, Hlne Cixous, Braco Dimitrijevic, Fred Forest, Hermann Nitsch, Dennis Oppenheim,  David Stephens, Marjorie Welish, as well as documentation of over 200 past performances, conversations, exhibitions, and publications at Slought Foundation that explore new futures for contemporary political and cultural life.

 

For more information:

http://www.slought.org/content/11370/

 

In conjunction:

Thursday, NOVEMBER 29th, 7 pm 8 pm

RADICAL FREEDOM
WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO DIE
REVERSIBLE DESTINY
MAKING DYING ILLEGAL
TAKING EVOLUTION INTO OUR OWN HANDS RADICAL AGING

A panel discussion with Arakawa + Gins, Arthur C. Danto, Don Idhe and others on the problematics of cultural production after Duchamp.

 

Moderated by Jean-Michel Rabate and Aaron Levy; Introduced by Osvaldo Romberg

 

Friday, DECEMBER 7th, 6:30 8:30 pm

In Defense of Sloth: An Eclectic and Entertaining Series of Presentations About that Most Philosophical of Vices: A PRIMER

 Organized by Cabinet Magazine and Slought Foundation by Aaron Levy and Sina Najafi

 

Theories and polemics about sloth have figured widely in Western thought in the work of artists, philosophers, and cultural critics as diverse as Aquinas, Nietzsche, and Malevich, as well as Marx, Kierkegaard, and Wilde. In Dante뭩 Purgatorio, for example, sloth is described as being the "failure to love God with all one's heart, all one's mind, and all one's soul." A more secular viewpoint on sloth is provided by Paul LaFargue, Karl Marx뭩 son-in-law, who authored the influential The Right to be Lazy (1883) and tirelessly campaigned for a three-hour work day. Likewise, in his manifesto 밫he Praise of Laziness (1988), Zagreb-based artist Mladen Stilinovic suggests that Western artists are too preoccupied with promotion and production, and are thus less artists than producers.

 

The project has been organized in conjunction with Slought in New York, an archival exploration into the activities of the Philadelphia-based Slought Foundation, on display from November 29-December 15, 2007 at Zone:Chelsea Center for the Arts. The "In Defense of Sloth" project is collaboratively organized by Aaron Levy, Slought Foundation, and Sina Najafi, Cabinet Magazine, in association with undergraduate students in the 2007-2008 Russell Bergman Foundation Curatorial Seminar in the University of Pennsylvania Departments of English and Art History.

 

 밒n Defense of Sloth: A Symposium at The Great Hall, Cooper Union

Saturday, December 8th, 2007; 11:00am-5:30pm

Organized by Cabinet Magazine and Slought Foundation

Hosted by and in partnership with the Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chairman School of Architecture

For more information:

http://www.slought.org/content/11367/

 

Also on view:

November 29 December 21, 2007

Opening reception: Thursday, November 29, 2007, 6-9pm

Featuring the works of:

John Cage, Molly Davies, Christopher Haun, Jackie Matisse, K.Min, Nobuho Nagasawa,

Justin Nissley, Yooah Park, Pasha Radetzki, Osvaldo Romberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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