December 2-5 2014
During this week the Centre for Research Architecture has organised a series of events (lecture, workshop, MA/PhD seminar) that brings together a wide range of practitioners who are working with new digital tools and methods to analyse and investigate political violence using images captured from at a distance (i.e. aerial photography, earth observation satellites, drone video streams, geo-locational mapping/tagging with Google Earth). How can we work with such technologies to expose, monitor, and investigate human rights violations and contemporary conflicts? What are the new legal and theoretical challenges that imaging at a distance creates? In addition to these programmed events students will have an opportunity to bring specific questions and research materials forward in order to help shape the discussion.
December 2-5 2014
A book launch for Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy, edited by Etienne Turpin (Ann Arbor: MPublishing/Open Humanities Press, November 2013).
14:00—17:00, Friday 6 December 2013
Centre for Research Architecture
Goldsmiths University of London
Organized by Nabil Ahmed and the Center for Research Architecture
1. The Neoliberal Condition and its predecessors: Redemption, Fulfillment, Appreciation
2. Improve Your Credit: What Human Capital Wants
3. The Journey to Self-Esteem: How Human Capital Blossoms
4. Thank You for Sharing: The Social Life of Human Capital
5. When Human Capital Rebels: The Case for Embracing Our Neoliberal Condition
6. Investee Activism: Another Speculation is Possible
i) Wednesday November 20 Inaugural Lecture by Michel Feher
NAB LG01, 6-8pm
The Neoliberal Condition and its predecessors: Redemption, Fulfillment, Appreciation. This is the first in a series of six lectures to be presented by Michel Feher at Goldsmiths for the years 2013-2015. This new Visual Cultures initiative is organized around the concept of Operative Thought and how the Political Practice of Ideas takes shape.
1972. Bangladesh is a new state emerging out of a national liberation war and a cyclone. Inspired by the Green Revolution, UNICEF undertook a major public health engineering project, drilling millions of hand pumps aimed at providing safe drinking water, and over subsequent years sinking private tube wells became normative practice. Although considered a major humanitarian success, it exposed a significant part of the population to ground water aquifers rich in arsenic.
CHAPTER: ENTER GLACIER
“It seems to me then as if all the moments of our life occupy the same space, as if future events already existed and were only waiting for us to ␣nd our way to them at last, just as when we have accepted an invitation we duly arrive in a certain house at a given time.”
– W.G Sebald
21 We Arrived and Saw A Flag Out of the Window
Interruption: Note of the Princess
31 Time to Negotiate: A Shape of a CommonWorld
Interruption: Letter of the Ministry
47 Tolerance Now: A Hiccup in Contemporary Dutch Politics
Interruption: Interview with Joris Ivens
It was from waiting in a world bound by my own subjectively imagined delay that this essay originates.
To be involved in politics without aspiring to govern, governed by the best leaders, or abolish the institutions of government: such are the constraints that delineate the field of nongovernmental politics.
Political acts are encoded in medial forms—feet marching on a street, punch holes on a card, images on live stream, tweets—that have force, shaping people as subjects and constituting the contours of what is sensible, legible, visible. Thus, these events define the terms of political possibility and create terrain for political actions.
The past two decades have seen revolutionary shifts in our ability to navigate, inhabit, and define the spatial realm. The data flows that condition much of our lives now regularly include Global Positioning System (GPS) readings and satellite images of a quality once reserved for a few militaries and intelligence agencies, and powerful geographic information system (GIS) software is now commonplace. These new technologies have raised fundamental questions about the intersection between physical space and its representation, virtual space and its realization.
Neither apolitical nor governmental, to be involved in politics without aspiring to govern… such are the constraint that delineate the condition common to all practitioners of nongovernmental politics [...] Nongovernmental politics can be envisioned as encompassing the political involvements of the governed, or better still, as the politics in which the governed as such are involved [...] what all these activists all have in common is that they are driven by a shared determination not to be governed thusly.
"In the first section, ‘Pessimism of the Intellect’, I adduce arguments for believing that we have already lost the first, epochal stage of the battle against global warming. The Kyoto Protocol, in the smug but sadly accurate words of one of its chief opponents, has done ‘nothing measurable’ about climate change. Global carbon dioxide emissions rose by the same amount they were supposed to fall because of it.  It is highly unlikely that greenhouse gas accumulation can be stabilized this side of the famous ‘red line’ of 450 ppm by 2020.