With John Beverley, Antonella Corsani, Marcelo Expósito, Brian Holmes, kpD, Maurizio Lazzarato, Suely Rolnik

The first part of this conference (November 25 and 26, 2005) offered elements for debate from the point of view of aesthetic theory and the legacy of institutional criticism and public art. The idea was to define the term "relationality" and place it within the tradition of practices that have made it necessary to critically re-think and re-invent the social functions of art and its institutions.

The second part will be more directly political, approaching the problem of relationality as an alternative to the artistic processes determined by a visual paradigm-based concept of representation. When presented within this model, the relational paradigm points to the need to criticize representational methods. Those relational, communicative, affective, collaborative, and immaterial aspects take on a new centrality in post-industrial capitalism which has, as Paolo Virno said it, put subjectivity to work." In this context, relationality becomes a key concept in theorizing on the newly diffused forms of politicization and aestheticization that are transforming subjectivity's very construct.

The second part is focused on two debates: transformations of subjectivity and the possibility of overcoming the representational paradigm through the relational paradigm.

This project has been carried out within the framework of Transform and with the support of the European Community.



Relational subjectivities. Moderated by Suely Rolnik

4 pm. Flexible subjectivity, relational objects. The legacy of Lygia Clark
Suely Rolnik, psychoanalyst and professor at the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Sao Paulo

6 pm. The subaltern as interruption
John Beverley, professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature, and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

8 pm. Transformations of subjectivity in cognitive capitalism
Maurizio Lazzarato, sociologist and philosopher

Antagonistic relations. Collaborative practices and diffused creation
Moderated by Marcelo Expósito

4 pm. From representation to relation. The rejection of representation in collective creation
Marcelo Expósito, Artist, and co-editor of Brumaria ( and member of the editing staff of Transversal (

4:30 pm. The artistic slide
Brian Holmes, art critic, essayist and translator

6:30 pm. Production of knowledge and new forms of political action. The experience of production indicators in France
Antonella Corsani, economist, and editor of the magazine Multitudes

8 pm. Screening of Kamera läuft! (video, 2004, 32 minutes. In English with simultaneous interpretation)
Presented by the kpD group: Marion von Osten, Isabell Lorey, Brigitta Kuster, and Katja Reichard

9:30 pm. Final debate

The schedule is subject to change without notice.

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