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Pre-workshop screening at UCL Department of History of Art
Tuesday 25th November, 16.15 | Seminar Room 3, 43 Gordon Square
Ursula Biemann's video-essay, X-Mission
Workshop: Saturday 29th November
13.30-18.00 | Tate Modern, Level 7, East Room
This AHRC-funded workshop on Sovereignty and Bare Life forms the second of a series of four such events addressing crucial aspects of the conjunction of contemporary art and geopolitical conflict, organised by UCL Department of History of Art's TJ Demos.
As the global phenomenon of transmigration has grown to unprecedented proportions in recent years, the representation of the displaced has become an urgent subject of interdisciplinary examination. According to philosopher Giorgio Agamben, the refugee exemplifies the condition of "bare life" - i.e. life denied political representation - one which defines the horizon of a coming political transformation in the nature of sovereignty, nationality and subjectivity. The question of bare life has recently provided a central theoretical organising nature of Documenta 12 (2007), particularly its magazine project; yet the exhibition's results, which seemed detached from the curators' initial conceptual framework, remain far from certain. In what innovative ways has contemporary art addresses staleness and migration, and what purchase does the category of bare life have for the consideration of contemporary forms of dislocation?
Further details and admissions: Tickets (including student discounts) are available at Tate Bookings.
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