OCAD University Graduate Conference: Economies of Dispossession


Graduate Conference: OCAD University
Economies of Dispossession, March 13-14, 2020

Keynote, Max Haiven: Friday March 13, 7pm
Conference Presenters: Saturday March 14, 9am–5:30pm

Room 230
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

OCAD University’s Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories, Graduate Studies Cohort invites you to join them for a two-day conference, titled Economies of Dispossession, from Friday, March 13—Saturday, March 14.

Keynote Max Haiven is a Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, and author of Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization (2018). His keynote presentation “Currencies of the Undercommons: Money as Vengeance and Some Arts of Resistance” shares several almost-forgotten stories of creative resistance to money’s rule, and several radical “art” projects that help us see what is really at stake in money: the stolen potential of our cooperative species. What would it mean to reclaim this potential and what (if any) role might this thing we call art play?

Conference speakers will present Saturday, from 9am-5:30pm, with topics spanning such diverse topics as graffiti and gentrification, sonic control in airspace, and queer horror. For more information about schedule and speakers, please visit: https://economiesofdispossession.wordpress.com/

Dispossession, by virtue of its lack of “possession,” implies a placement outside of global economies based on private ownership. Dispossession is a constant and growing threat: dispossession due to the climate crisis; the mass dispossession of bodies from their homelands; the refusal of colonial nations to concede stolen land; and the neoliberal moves to render every cultural worker precarious and bound to debt. These forms of dispossession are made profitable under disaster capitalism. If possession is foregrounded in an exchange system based on privatized ownership, how might dispossession be a harbinger of this system’s demise? New modes of exchange, new circulations of making, thinking, and doing are necessitated, in which dispossession might be a nucleus for positive, resistant, and insurrectionary models.

Admission Free | All Welcome
Organized by the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories, Graduate Studies Cohort
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