CCC PUBLIC THOUGHT
In 2018/19, the CCC Research-based Master inaugurates CCC PUBLIC THOUGHT as a new umbrella to accommodate the various transversal activities with students, faculty-members, external guests and (para-)institutional collaborations throughout the academic year. It includes the previously CCC-organised Public Seminar Navigating Turbulence in reduced form. However, we would like to continue to link also the new academic year of 2018/19 with a specific term, which operates not as a theme but rather as a concern to think with as constitutive condition of the contemporary. 2018/19 will resonate, thus, with the term data behaviourism that Antoinette Rouvroy suggests to analyse the ends of critique regarding ‘data society’ (Matteo Pasquinelli), or techno-fascism, or ‘franken-algorithm’ (Andrew Smith). The frame will matter explicitly in four seminar-like sessions. Furthermore, we will continue with various transversal activities that are specifically attached to seminars, or otherwise.
The figure of ‘research’ has gained some weight of history. It once had the revolutionary promise to curtail the oppressive forces of the cultural-industrial beast of contemporary art. That which meant to be subversive, alternative and political through counter-public actions seems to have constituted new institutional standards, both in academia as well as exhibition-landscapes. ‘Research’ in the arts today is a code-word to enter study programs, biennales, PhD-grants in the arts, museum-reforms, funding applications and makes students pay tuition fee. Let’s get to work for re-articulating the politics of ‘research’ through speaking about and making practices. We have in mind a network of practices that departs from life’s complexity: language, gender, race, sexuality, geopolitics, education, class, knowledge, the climate, ecology, computation, economics, mobility, unresolved histories and – love. We do not want to hierarchize any practice against the other. Instead we investigate how research practices initiate a form of knowledge-processing that enables new thoughts to arrive: What does it need to listen, to inhabit non-knowledge, to unmaster critique, to transform guilt into solidarity and shame into politics, to face the politics of alienation, to share fear and the intimacy of reading, to engage in theory without Theory, and to dehistoricise history into contemporary narrations that matter for a migratory world, a planet on loan and real virtualities?