Friday, November 16, 2012
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is proud to present a free public lecture by McKenzie Wark on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 pm as part of the Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program for Fall 2012.
McKenzie Wark is a scholar of critical and media theory as well as notable historian of the Situationist International, an international group of revolutionary artists and thinkers. Wark teaches at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, where his courses range from cultural studies to media theory with curriculum engaging with Cinema and Social Action, Game Culture, and the Military Entertainment Complex. He has spoken at such esteemed venues as the Modern Art Oxford, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Columbia University, and MIT among other institutions nationally and internationally. His works span experimental projects from Speed Factory (2000)—a co-authored work with John Kinsella, Bernard Cohen, and Terri-Ann White that developed a quick pace writing technique between authors—to Dispositions (2002), a work culled from Wark’s world travels with a GPS device. His major works also include A Hacker’s Manifesto (2004), addressing the new class division that has arisen with the proliferation of intellectual property, and Gamer Theory (2007), which fuses Wark’s experimental approach with his own media theory.
McKenzie Wark’s recent work—and what he will be speaking on in the public lecture—centers on the Situationist International (SI), a group that sought to subvert the superficial spectacle engendered by advanced capitalism by constructing situations that allowed a freedom from what they deemed to be a fake reality. The SI was founded in 1957, participated in the May ’68 revolts and dissipated around 1972. Wark’s latest book (and title of his VASD lecture), The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International, follows the development of the group and the importance of its seemingly minor players—who are often neglected in accounts of the period in favor of highlighting Guy Debord (Society of the Spectacle). Engaging with the Situationist history, its successes and ultimate failures, remains a crucial piece to understanding the contemporary puzzle of unrest with the Occupy and other like-minded movements, since initiators claim foundations in Situationist International.
Please join us for this special presentation.
Friday, November 16, 2012, 7 pm
Refreshments and seating beginning at 6:30 pm
Mary Harris Auditorium
The lecture is free and open to the public; however, reservations are highly recommended.