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Materia Abierta 2021 public program

The events will take place between August 26 and September 15, 2021

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Materia Abierta is a summer school on theory, art, and technology based in Mexico City. As part of its second edition, Ni apocalipsis ni paraíso: Meditaciones en el umbral, a series of online activities open to the public will be presented. These will be broadcast at Materia Abierta’s YouTube channel and on the digital platforms of the institutions allied to the program: Casa del Lago UNAM, the Programa de Arte, Ciencia y Tecnologías (ACT), Cátedra Max Aub en arte y tecnología, KADIST, NORO, PEANA, Museo Tamayo, and the Arts Department of the Universidad de Monterrey – UDEM.

All events will be organized in Mexico City time (CST).

Juan López Intzín
Online lecture: Sp’ijil O’tanil: epistemologías del corazón
Thursday, August 26, 11 a.m. (CST)

This activity will be held in Spanish

This lecture will take as its starting point the Mayan Tseltal term Sp’ijil O’tanil, which names the knowledge, wisdom and life experiences that inhabit the heart and leads us to explore interconnected forms of existence that feed on reciprocity through the Ch’ulel, one of the threads of what Juan López Intzín calls “epistemologies of the heart”. The spanish approximation of Ch’ulel would be spirit, energy, soul and conscience, to name a few meanings. Thus, exploring Sp’ijil O’tanil opens the possibility of knowing other philosophical, ethical and political conceptions of coexistence among the beings that inhabit this world. It is also an opportunity to tame our subjectivities in times when humanity is in a civilizational crisis.

Dawn Chan
Online lecture: Simulation and Speculation: Art in a Post–Video Game World
Tuesday, August 31, 11 a.m. (CST)

This activity will be held in English

Far from being—as it was once perceived—a niche subcultural pastime embraced primarily by adolescent men, video games have become a pervasive part of media culture, informing broader understandings of control, simulation, and speculative activity. It is inevitable by now that artists concerned with anything from displacement to labor are inherently responding to collective visions and understandings shaped by video game culture. In the wake of the sometimes frustrating, sometimes productive discourse around a notion of “post-Internet art,” we might explore an analogous notion of “post-video-game art”—art existing after (and contextualized by) the explosion in popularity of screen-based, interactive world-building behaviors, oftentimes with a speculative utopian or dystopian bent. With source material drawn from the work of N. Katherine Hayles, Alexander Galloway, and Aubrey Anable, as well as from MacKenzie Wark and Miwon Kwon, we will look at contemporary art’s relationships to the ways in which video games amplify and inform received notions around expansionism, resource extraction, productivity, conquest, and mobility.

Maximiliano Mamani
Performance: El orden de las rosas
Thursday, September 9, 11 a.m. (CST)

This activity will be held in Spanish

In this performative encounter, Maximiliano Mamani will take the audience on a disorderly journey through different virtual platforms, seeking to deconfigure the relationship between time and space understood as a fiction, as a normative filter that organizes the experience of bodies with their environment. It is there, in that western world full of rules that favor those who design them and where death is the ultimate expression of that illusion, that traps, lies and deception are presented as destiny but also as the only option for get lost on the road and escape creating endless possibilities.

Luciana Parici
Online lecture: Critique and Machine Philosophy
Miércoles 15 de septiembre, 3 p.m. (CST)

This activity will be held in English

The modern entanglement of technology and colonialism subtends the recursive principles of philosophy which return in the critique of automation today. In order to challenge the metaphysical assumption that thought comes before techne or that it is co-merged or co-produced with machines, this talk addresses the persistence of the ”transparency thesis” (Ferreira da Silva) in debates about the question of technology today, highlighting the need of recuperating the philosophical pillars of theoretical computer science. While automation remains central to the constitution of transcendental philosophy, it also entails new configurations of metaphysics linking cybernetic intelligence and self-reflective reasoning. What is at stake however is how philosophy after computation has come to terms with the automated intelligence of the medium, instrument, machine it has relied upon. In other words, the prosthetic extension of the self-reflective, or self-determining model of decision-making into the automated slave-machines can no longer prevent machine intelligence from activating incomputables as the condition of mediation and generation of alien thinking.

Verónica Gago
Online lecture: Especular, intervenir, parar. Cuestiones de tiempo desde claves feministas
Friday, September 17, 11 a.m. (CST)

This activity will be held in Spanish

Argentine critic Josefina Ludmer taught us the art of speculation. To speculate, she says, is to give a syntax to other people’s ideas from a territory in which we use them. Therefore, to speculate is also a material practice of use. To speculate, as the original word refers, has to do with images that play at mirroring, but it is also the knowledge that finance claims. Speculation is a way of managing time, of fabricating its possibilities, of opening it to events but also of making the most of it, of making it yield. Perhaps speculation is a way of connecting with the threshold, as a location in which to locate disputes over time. This conference will address different versions of time from the perspective of feminist practices: the strike as a politics of intervention on the past time of exploitation; the claims against indebtedness as a way to confront the seizure of time in the future; the street intervention as the present time of the everyday. Simultaneously, these three perspectives intertwine as they disarrange linear time.


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