There are certainly many of us who no longer identify with debates and discussions that fantasize about issues of a previous century. There are many of us who recognize that the contemporary world is vast, plural, complex and that we must, rather than fear or condemn it, reactivate the theoretical toolbox and réengager la pensée. Finally, there are many of us who have noticed that elsewhere, in this vast world, this toolbox has continued to operate, and that artists, writers, activists effectively use it to shift political stakes and theories of the present.
In this toolbox, we can find tools including queer, ecocriticism, anthropocene, acceleration, post-postcolonialism, speculative realism, technosphere, biopolitic, pharmacoporn, animal studies, etc. They may not translate well in French but are dispersed, for example, through Berlin, New Delhi, or Dakar. They find new forms of production and publication; they invest in alternative settings, exhibitions, schools and structures.“Theory Now” will also simultaneously alternate and superimpose formats for discussion and presentation to bring together artists, researchers, writers, students, performers, DJs.
This special event will take on a hybrid nature: autonomous university, stage, café.
With Bruno Latour, Françoise Vergès, Kader Attia, Martha Rosler, Nathalie Quintane, Payam Sharifi (Slavs and Tatars), Bernd Scherer, Kapwani Kiwanga, Seloua Luste Boulbina, Armen Avanessian, François Cusset, Olga von Schubert, Jacob Lund, Jamie Allen, Julieta Aranda, Frédérique Aït-Touati, Olivier Marboeuf, Kantuta Quiros et Aliocha Imhoff /le peuple qui manque, Ravi Sundaram, Mathias Verger, Arafat Sadallah, Johnny Rodger, Margaret-Anne Hutton, Lionel Ruffel, Andreas Töpfer, Lisa Wedeen, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Eyal Weizman, Camille de Toledo (CHTO), Marco Dell’Omodarme, Les seconds couteaux vs Bouillon Poli