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Jordan Crandall on Tue, 21 Mar 2006 12:49:44 +0100 (CET)


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EINLADUNG

UNDER FIRE
The Organization and Representation of Political Violence
Discussion

Datum: Sonntag, 26. M=E4rz 2006, 19 Uhr
Ort: Galerie der Heinrich-B=F6ll-Stiftung, Rosenthaler Str. 40/41,
Berlin-Mitte
In englischer Sprache
Eintritt frei

presentations by Anselm Franke, Brian Holmes, Thomas Keenan and Gema
Martin
Munoz
moderated by Jordan Crandall

In cooperation with KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Under Fire is an ongoing art and research project that explores
contemporar=
y
militarization and political violence.  It delves into the structural,
symbolic, and affective dimensions of contemporary armed conflicts:  the
organization, representation, and materialization of war.

This session of Under Fire will focus on the status of political speech
--
the operations of power that determine the legitimacy of action, and the
conditions that render speech and action intelligible as a political
force.
>From this basis, it will explore the dynamic between politics and
violence
and look at the way that new political spaces are opened or invented.
Overall, it will foreground structural conditions of the new global
landscape, exploring the nature of contemporary power and situating
cycles
of violence within the modalities of a global system.

Under Fire revolves around questions of representation.  It explores the
role that representations play as registers of symbolic meaning and as
agents of cultural change.  Yet at the same time, it acknowledges
material,
affective realities that resist symbolization, but which nonetheless play
a
powerful role in shaping consciousness and the belief systems that
motivate
action.  It this sense it probes into the dynamic between discourse and
affect, between larger rhetorical strategies and ineffable states of
expression, and moves toward a performative politics that can accommodate
a
multiplicity of somatic and symbolic registers.

For further information on Under Fire, including archives of past
discussions, please visit http://jordancrandall.com/underfire.

Organized by Jordan Crandall and Anselm Franke


Brian Holmes is an essayist and activist-researcher. He has a Ph.D. in
Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at
Berkeley, and now lives in Paris, collaborating with journals such as
Multitudes (Paris), Springerin (Vienna) and Brumaria (Barcelona). All
his
work can be found online at www.u-tangente.org, including the collective
project "Continental Drift" as well as the books HIEROGLYPHS OF THE
FUTURE
(2002) and UNLEASHING THE COLLECTIVE PHANTOMS (forthcoming).

Thomas Keenan teaches literary theory, media studies and human rights at
Bard College, where he directs the Human Rights Project.  He is the
author
of FABLES OF RESPONSIBILITY: ABERRATIONS AND PREDICAMENTS IN ETHICS AND
POLITICS (1997) and the editor of two volumes documenting and analyzing
the
wartime journalism of Paul de Man -- Paul de Man, WARTIME JOURNALISM
1939-1943 and RESPONSES (1988/1989) and two volumes on THE END(S) OF THE
MUSEUM (1995).  His latest book is an edited volume, with Wendy Chun,
calle=
d
NEW MEDIA, OLD MEDIA, just published by Routledge.

Gema Martin Munoz is Professor of the Sociology of the Arab an 
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