What do oppositional politics and resistance mean and look like during a time when Trumpism and its European bedfellows are colonizing the notion of radical change and being anti-establishment, taking meaning to its very limit? Where might common cause be found between bitterly divided communities, insulated in geographical, political and cultural echo chambers, who are each convinced of “being right” and view one another with increasing suspicion and anger in the wake of Trump and Brexit? How can a broader movement be created by determining what it is standing for, as well what it is fighting against?
This workshop opens a space to rethink key concepts that today feel exhausted and in crisis – e.g. “self-interest” and “solidarity,” being “progressive” and “critical” – so as to create a rejuvenated conceptual framework that addresses the urgent demands and complexities of our current crisis and the intense mix of humiliation, fear, resentment and precarity that has been bubbling away for decades. This public workshop is developed as part of the upcoming James Gallery exhibition “NSK State Art: New York, The Impossible Return” and will bring together international “State in Time” citizen-artists, students and faculty from the Graduate Center, Guttman Community College and other CUNY colleges, as well as artists, community organizers, journalists, activists, including Tanzeem Ajmiri, Vincent Crapanzano, Eda Cufer, Michelle Fine, Robin McGinty, and more.
Organized by James Sevitt and Katherine Carl.
Cosponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.