Resurface: Countercontrol – A reading group with Black Swan

Please note, tickets for this event will go off sale at 4.30pm on Friday 11 June, but our Front of House team will be available on email for anyone who missed signing up and would like to join – just contact info@andfestival.org.uk. You can also contact the team at any time about access requirements or questions via this address. If you prefer to watch and listen without taking part directly, we will be streaming the conversation on our Live Channel

In this edition of the Resurface series, Black Swan share their collective project researching and experimenting with ways of giving artists control over funding, value, and decision making. Artists and organisers Leïth Benkhedda, Laura Lotti and Calum Bowden (Black Swan / Trust) invite participants into a reading and discussion group, focusing on a series of texts read aloud followed by conversations to explore new thinking about trans-local collaboration and sustainable economics.

We will read and discuss extracts of All Power to the {Historical} Imagination! By McKenzie Wark, a summary of Kojin Karatani’s The Structure of World History, as part of this event.

Black Swan is an experiment designed to rethink the mechanisms that produce new generations of creative practitioners, proposing collaborative institutional forms to allow a redefinition of what art can be. The single observation of black swans in the 17th century invalidated the ‘fact’ that only white swans existed, only to later be rendered explainable and predictable, according to the theorist of probability Nassim Taleb. Black Swan has a utopian and conspiratorial edge: some day self-governed and self-curated funding organisations will seem so obvious that people will imagine they always existed.

Please note, tickets for this event will go off sale at 5pm on Friday 11 June, but our Front of House team will be available on email for anyone who missed signing up and would like to join – just contact info@andfestival.org.uk. You can also contact the team at any time about access requirements or questions via this address.

Leïth Benkhedda is a (cloud-based) designer, researcher and service provider. His practice explores concepts of autonomy, cooperation, ownership and governance, both on and off-line. Leïth holds a BA in Graphic Design from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and is currently completing an MFA at the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

Laura Lotti is a researcher investigating the relations between technological, economic and cultural systems. She is a research partner at Other Internet, where she collaboratively explores headless dynamics in networked cultures. She co-founded Black Swan.

Calum Bowden creates stories, worlds, and platforms that reimagine relations between organisms and algorithms, humans and nonhumans, the Earth and the cosmos. He co-founded Trust and Black Swan. Calum took part in the post-graduate program at the Strelka Institute, Moscow. He has an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art and a BSc in Anthropology from University College London.

This conversation is part of Resurface, our conversations programme looking at how we work together and reshape the future of art. Tune in every Sunday, 6pm at andfestival.org.uk/live. Each conversation will be available to listen to throughout the festival, until Sunday 11 July. And tune in every Thursday for our talks series, Deeper.

Event info:

  • Sun 13th Jun 2021
    @ 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Online
  • Free, booking required

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