Navigating Turbulences names the Public Seminar 2016/17 that is organised by the Research CCC Master Program of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Genève. More a frame than a theme, Navigating Turbulences proposes to continue to think together about the need for new vocabularies for living in global turbulences by means of contemporary research processes. Each session will introduce into a particular approach for understanding and undertaking research as a practice in the arts.

The condition of turbulences creates a situation in which knowledge and non-knowledge exist together. In a condition of turbulence, on one side, we can rely on knowledge about science, history, rituals, regulations and systems that seem to secure our place in the world. On the other side, the moment of turbulence carries the condition of non-knowledge , in which it is not clear exactly what will happen next: language is missing, borders are closed, translation is needed, the mind is closer to the body, control mechanisms and systems fail, dominant histories unravel and collaborative thinking is important. It is a moment of a relational uncertainty that holds the potential to open up a new horizon.

How can we move in times of turbulences? Navigating from inside a condition of turbulences begins by rendering precisely the problem of localization in continuous interaction with geopolitical global entanglements. This, in itself, is nothing new. These entanglements have long histories and privilege certain positionalities, reason enough to articulate precisely our position in relation to the world: We may think here about global trade-routes, contemporary trajectories of sea migration, the abstract flows of financial capitalism, weaponized image-technologies, the algorithmic architectures of planetary computation, the uneven geographies of knowledge, the politics of translation, and so on. Who are ‘we’ in such a stack of layers?

Navigating Turbulences builds upon the CCC-Curriculum with its faculty members teaching Research Practice, Situated Art Practices, Critical Studies, the Curatorial, Political Studies and Theory Fiction. Moreover, the Public Seminar will also contain sessions on the institutionalisation of lifelong learning; this reflects the current expansion of ‘practice-led PhDs’ in art academy contexts and resonates with the newly established CCC PhD-Forum with guests.

The CCC Public Seminar Navigating Turbulences is public to everyone.

CCC students are strongly advised to attend all sessions.

Monday, September 21, 2015, 7pm

The Loss: Two Houses in the Levant. Haifa. Cairo.

Gilad Ben-Nun (Frankfurt am Main/Leipzig), Isabelle Benoît (Brussels), Pierre Hazan (Geneva) and Ilana Salama Ortar with comments by Doreen Mende (Berlin/Geneva)

Monday, September 28, 2015, 7pm

When Matter Thinks

Ursula Biemann (Zurich) and Kodwo Eshun (London)

Monday, October 26, 2015, 10am-9pm

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 10am-6pm

Unmaster class: Committees of decolonization

Conceived by Farid Rakun (ruangrupa, Jakarta) with Nabil Ahmed (London) and Doreen Mende (Berlin/Geneva)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7pm

Situated Practices

Statements by Marion von Osten (Berlin), Anne-Julie Raccoursier (Geneva) and Grant Watson (London) with response by Yann Chateigné Tytelman (Geneva)

Monday, November 16, 2015, 7pm

Décoloniser l’Europe (Decolonizing Europe)

Talk by Françoise Vergès (Paris) with response from the Political Studies seminar

Monday, December 7, 2015, 7pm

The Anthropogenic Image

Armin Linke (Berlin) with response from Gene Ray for The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (Athens/Geneva)

Monday, January 4, 2016, 7pm

Xenofeminist session

Laboria Cuboniks, Yoneda Lemma with response from the Reading Group seminar

Monday, February 22, 2016, 7pm

Violence at the Threshold of Detectability

Eyal Weizman (London), talk in the context of Pool-CH / Master Platform Switzerland

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7pm

From the virtual feminist museum to the analysis of biennial culture: Curatorial challenges and the politics of critical thinking, reading and making art

Griselda Pollock (Leeds) with response from the Beyond the Monument research group

Monday, April 18, 2016, 7pm

The Site of Not

Fabien Giraud & Ida Soulard in conversation with Kodwo Eshun and the Theory Fiction seminar

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7pm

Curating Against The Grain: Frontiers, Scripted Spaces And Groundlessness

Anselm Franke (Berlin) with response from the Research Practice seminar

Students (2015/16)
Aurélien Ballif, Naouel Ben Aziza, Marie Berthout Van Berchem, Mandarava Bricaire, Yasmeen Chaudhry, Duke Choi, Marguerite Davenport, Ana Raquel Ermida Gomes, Emmanuelle Esmail-Zavieh, Camille Kaiser, Charlyne Kolly, Alba Lage, Viola Lukács, Raphaelle Mueller, Diego Orihuela, Camilla Paolino, Charles-Elie Payre, Julia Pecheur, Geneviève Romang, Antoinette Scheidegger Schaer, Stéphanie Serra, Dragos Tara, Valérie Vilarem, Tina Wetchy, Yael Wicki.

Guests (2015/16)
Nabil Ahmed, Gilad Ben-Nun, Ursula Biemann, Isabelle Benoît, Boabooks (Izet Sheshivari), Yann Chateigné Tytelman, Laboria Cuboniks (Helen Hester, Katrina Burch), Laure Giletti & Gregory Dapra, Glass Bead (tbc), Anselm Franke, Aurélien Gamboni, Samia Henni, Yoneda Lemma, Armin Linke, Julia Moritz, Griselda Pollock, Catherine Quéloz, ruangrupa (Farid Rakun), Ilana Salama Ortar, Joshua Simon, Françoise Vergès, Grant Watson, Eyal Weizman, among others.