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Material Monopolies
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a forum for thinking through material/ity/ism via the aesthetic categories of excess & minimalism.

Past
Material Monopolies
Wed
24 May
2023
Hiding in Plain Sight: Some Thoughts on the Death Drive /w Jamieson Webster

In this conversation, psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster will explore the consequences of Freud’s theory of the death drive. Working in silence, hiding in plain sight, a kind of relentless negative pull or rift, what kind of attempts can we make to work with the death drive and begin to mark a limit? Looking at dreams, unfolding sessions in psychoanalysis, the making of art, and political activism, we will think about the death drive in the contemporary landscape. We will pay particular attention to the problem of the visual in relation to the internet, the age of information, and iPhones.

Material Monopolies
Thu
16 Feb
2023
NO SHOW: fashion and the compulsive spectacle

Join fashion historian Caroline Evans and fashion writer Dal Chodha for a talk focused on the history and contemporary responses/anxieties about the fashion runway format.

Material Monopolies
Tue
31 Jan
2023
Kathy Acker’s auto-plagiarism

Tessel Veneboer will lead a workshop on Kathy Acker’s plagiarism, pseudo-autobiograpy, and sexual politics. We will read from "The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula” (1975) and “Dead Doll Humility” (1990) to consider how Acker’s auto-plagiarism reverses the logic of autofiction and undermines the sex-positive feminism of écriture féminine.

Material Monopolies
Tue
17 Jan
2023
Talk /w Eleanor Ivory Weber & Camilla Wills from Divided Publishing

Not knowing is it’s unpower.

Material Monopolies
Tue
29 Nov
2022
Notes on the Anatomy of Systemic Enjoyment

Sign up for *Notes on the Anatomy of Systemic Enjoyment* - a workshop with Mohamad Dib that will provide an overview of Lacan’s theory of the four discourses and will discuss its relevance for thinking about the relation between capitalist abstraction and affective economies.

Material Monopolies
Tue
22 Nov
2022
INTERESTING

The judgement of interesting not only highlights but also protracts and extends the dialogic underpinnings of all taste

Material Monopolies
Tue
25 Oct
2022
Material Kinship Reader

Material beyond extraction! Kinship beyond the nuclear family!

Coordinators/Organizers/Curators

Monique Todd
Weronika Wojda
Rick Geene

Founding year

2022

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