Rethinking Autonomy & Art discussion 4/25 — coordinated by a Draper student

Draperite Pam Nogales just alerted us to an event we thought would interest other Draper students: Rethinking Autonomy & Art: A discussion about the history and politics of artistic autonomy — Monday April 25th at 7pm, Kimmel (more info below).

Pam is the East Coast Coordinator for the event sponsor –The Platypus Affiliated Society. The Society has chapters in Chicago, New York, Princeton, Boston, Toronto (CA), Kingston (CA) and Frankfurt (DE) as well as a monthly publication, The Platypus Review, which is open to submissions. They also host coffee breaks on the NYU campus on a weekly basis, and that info can be found here.

Rethinking Autonomy & Art
A discussion about the history & politics of artistic autonomy

Monday, April 25, 7pm
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. Room 908

The term ‘autonomy’ has crept into the lexicon of contemporary art discourse for reasons that are not self-evident. But there is a curious lack of historical consciousness. The aesthetic, social, and political implications of autonomy continue to haunt us, but, perhaps, only as farce. For the once restless non-identity between art and politics that Trotsky and Adorno attempted to register seems to have become one or another false reconciliation. This discussion will attempt to lay a groundwork for comprehending autonomy from a historical perspective. And thus it asks: Is art still a form of self-consciousness? Can it be so without the Left, whose historical mission was to bring the modern world to self-consciousness through overcoming capitalism?

The Platypus Affiliated Society, established in December 2006, organizes reading groups, public fora, research and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the “Old” (1920s-30s), “New” (1960s-70s) and post-political (1980s-90s) Left for the possibilities of emancipatory politics today.

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