TRADE TEST SITE presents a workshop by the cultural critic BRIAN HOLMES as part of AARHUS UNIVERSITY’S AESTHETICS SEMINAR series.
BRIAN HOLMES will lead a two-day lecture and discussion workshop on his research into the global economic crisis. The workshop will build on his Aesthetics Seminar lecture as well as previous courses taught at the experimental art center, Mess Hall-Chicago; the Autonomous University of Occupy Berlin; and the Campus Expandido program of the MUAC, the contemporary art museum of Mexico City’s National Autonomous University, among other locations.
Friday, 30 January 2015, 10-2pm
Staurday, 31 January 2015, 12-4pm
On the first day, Holmes will outline a theory of the social and cultural changes provoked by major economic crises, and then describe in detail the neoliberal order that emerged from the 1960s and 70s. On the second day, he will analyze the global prolongations and consequences of the 2008 crash and examine various scenarios for a resolution of the ongoing crisis. By focusing on the interrelations between specific technologies, organizational forms, political concepts and artistic images, participants can start to grasp the forces that have made us what we are. Most importantly, they can begin envisioning ways to make history in the present.
TRADE TEST SITE is a mobile cultural platform for the exploration of the intersection of economics and aesthetics. Initiated by Lise Skou (DK) with support from Bonnie Fortune (DK/US). www.tradetestsite.com
Brian Holmes is a cultural critic, social activist and autonomous researcher, currently living in Chicago. Since the late Nineties he has been analyzing the contradictions of neoliberal globalization, while continuously engaging with artistic projects. His essays are freely available at www.brianholmes.wordpress.com. Also see: www.southwestcorridornorthwestpassage.org.