Jan Verwoert is a Berlin based, internationally renowned art critic and sometimes curator. He is a member of the advisory board of the Munich Kunstverein and has been a guest professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the Academy of Umeå, Sweden, and the Royal College of Art, London. Since 2005 he has been a tutor and leader of the Imagined Communities seminar at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Verwoert is a contributing editor to Frieze magazine and also writes regularly about contemporary art for Afterall, Metropolis M, Springerin, and artists’ catalogues. He is author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous (One Work) (2006) published by MIT Press/Afterall Books, and recently co-curated ‘Yes, No & Other Options’ for the contemporary art festival Art Sheffield 08.
continuing the theme of widening our understandings of the many complexities of human-being that might be addressed/harnessed to effect some changes in deep-seated habitualizations, how to re-imagine Poïesis for our times/needs.
“On his conference Jan Verwoert will question: “How to connect through art to the vivid, yet unverifyable feelings at the heart of the social?
Moving towards the threshold on which meaning is constituted socially, artistically and emotionally, we see symbolic representations fall apart, and feel the persistence of affective labour. How could art and thought engage with the (sur-)realities of affective labour, feel the feelings that are passed on, visibly invisibly, from body to body, soul to soul, creature to creature? By searching for ways to tap into the zone of sentience”.”
One might, as I would, wish to hear the lecturer with a more poetic/suggestive ear focused on possible effects/uses raised, not unlike Jane Bennett’s rhetorical use of animism or Stengers’ on mesmerism.