E2-E4: Jeff Kinkle, Alberto Toscano: The Conspiracy of Order
Welcome to a new edition E2-E4, program for theoretical activities, exhibitions, and publications at the Royal Institute of Art. Friday March 9 at 17.00 in the “Rutiga Golvet” at the entry level.
In his prescient book from 1988, Comments on the Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord remarked that more and more aspects of political life “are conducted and displayed in the style of the secret services, with decoys, disinformation, and double explanations,” creating a “wearisome world of necessary incomprehensibility.”
In an era where “fake news” is declared the word of the year, mourning survivors of school shootings need to declare they are not crisis actors, and individuals and factions throughout the political spectrum are enraptured by the machinations of warring factions within the deep state, the project and aesthetic of cognitive mapping has arguably never been so necessary.
During this session we will investigate various attempts to find order in periods of political chaos, from Luc Boltanski’s prehistory of the network form in early detective novels to Tim Mitchell’s work on the materiality of petropolitical networks and Mark Lombardi’s attempts to graphically render these same networks in a more conspiratorial tenor.
Jeff Kinkle is a lawyer, writer, and translator based in New York. Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory, at Goldsmiths, University of London. Kinkle and Toscano are co-authors of the celebrated Cartographies of the Absolute (Zero Books, 2015).
This session of E2-E4 will also feature elements of Lina Selander and Oscar Mangione’s exhibition ”Why the Emperor Hated Lazarus”, which will remain on view until March 19.
E2-E4 is the name of the most common opening move in chess, the one that sets the game in motion. E2-E4 is also the name of a program for theoretical activities, exhibitions, and publications at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. “Theory” is here conceived not as academic superstructure or epistemic authority, but as orientation, as that first grasp of our own situation, and of its location in a wider system, network, or totality, which may allow us to begin, to go from the confusion of undefined possibility to the provisional determination of practice. The program explores the use values of the exhibition as a critical information system, in the service of education, aesthetic experience, and public dissemination.
The E2-E4 program is created by guest professors Stefanie Hessler, Lars Bang Larsen, and Kim West.
The Royal Institute of Art / Kungliga Konsthögskolan, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.