SICK 80s. The AIDS Crisis, Art and Counter-biopolitical Guerrilla
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SICK 80s. The AIDS Crisis, Art and Counter-biopolitical Guerrilla

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Pedro Lemebel "Alacranes en marcha", 1994

Open PEI seminar organised by Beatriz Preciado

The eighties are often seen as the end of the revolutionary period that had rocked the Western world since May 1968: the decline of the social emancipation movements had given way to a neoliberal democratic consensus that replaced ideological opposition with economic growth. But stereotypes aside, the eighties were not just a time of unprecedented intensity in biopolitical management of the body and sexuality, but also of the invention of new strategies for struggle and resistance.

This seminar invites a selection of theorists, activists and artists to carry out an archeology of the languages, representations and practices that emerged during the AIDS crisis in the eighties. It will explore issues such as the relevance of the notion of biopolitics in describing contemporary forms of control of the body and sexuality, the use of gender performance as a political strategy, the continuity between the practices of ACT UP and anti-psychiatry and institutional criticism, the possible link between punk culture and anti-AIDS guerrillas, the reappropriation of the advertising, media and marketing techniques of late capitalism as a strategy of protest and resistance to the norm, the shift from identity politics to queer micropolitics, the emergence of activist know-how, and the introduction of artistic counter-biopolitics of intervention in the public sphere. The idea is to open up debate around contemporary management of HIV-positive bodies and of the relationship between art and activism as techniques for redefining life beyond biopolitics.

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6 October 2010 – 27 November 2010
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Registration fee: 30 eur. Students and the unemployed: 20 eur. Friends of the MACBA: free of chargeMACBA Auditorium. Limited seating
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