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PPV #1: United Against Fascism

8.10.2018, UCL IAS, The Forum. 6-8pm.

United against fascism: ducks, rabbits, art workers and the use of value in art.

A talk by Kuba Szreder, in conversation with Peg Rawes.

This is the launch event for the new seminar series, Perverting the Power Vertical: Politics and Aesthetics in the Global East.

Addressing the authoritarian turn in global politics, Kuba Szreder will discuss recent examples of art workers activism, from Poland and abroad, to substantiate the perennial discussions of artistic theory. He will talk about the use value of art, address the difference between the merely instrumental and really useful, reflect upon the promiscuity of artistic objects, ponder about the double ontology of ducks and rabbits, and advocate for the art of herding cats.

Kuba Szreder is a curator and researcher, and Associate Professor at the Department of Art Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. A graduate of sociology at Jagiellonian University (Krakow), he was awarded a practice-based PhD from Loughborough University School of the Arts in 2015. In his interdisciplinary projects he carries out artistic and organizational experiments, hybridizing art with other domains of life. In 2009 he initiated the Free/Slow University of Warsaw, with which he completed several inquiries into the political economy of contemporary artistic production. He is editor and author of several catalogues, readers, book chapters and articles. In his most recent book ABC of Projectariat, he scrutinises economic and governmental aspects of project-making and their impact on 'independent' curatorial practice.

Peg Rawes is Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at Bartlett School of Architecture UCL.

6pm-8pm. The seminar will be followed by a tiny wine reception, thanks to the generosity of CSCA - the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art at UCL.


The first-ever Power Vertical seminar took place two weeks ago today. Kuba Szreder discussed ducks, rabbits, use value and anti-fascism in art; Peg Rawes provided spirited and provocative commentary, and the discussion lasted for only a few minutes short of four hours. You can find a few photos of the event here, and an un-edited audio recording of the first 1h40 minutes or so of the talk and discussion at this link:


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