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Weaponising Speculation Conference & Exhibition (Dublin, March 2-7 2013)

DUST (Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) presents:

Weaponising Speculation Conference

2-3 March, Independent Colleges, 60-63 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

This gathering is the signature event organized by D.U.S.T (Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought), an art/theory collective recently founded by Michael O’Rourke, Paul Ennis and Fintan Neylan. The primary aim of DUST is to stage conversations between disparate groups of people—artists, aestheticians, philosophers, non-philosophers, theorists—who find themselves at the fringes of academic institutions and disciplines and who are also broadly interested in speculative realism and post-continental philosophy.

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“Weaponizing Speculations” is a non-traditional assembly which has as its impetus the opening up of a dialogue between artists, para-academics and the Speculative Realist “community” here in Dublin and elsewhere. Here is the description:

“Distinct from the norm. Distinct even from the academic norm. Twice removed the para-academic is doubly unwanted. The ones you have trained are set loose and they know your secrets. They are pests and they want to be armed. The contemporary para-academic is untethered. Promises have gone unfulfilled and yet avenues have opened up elsewhere. To the artists, to the creators, to the fringe, wherever the real can be captured. It is in these topoi that the real work happens.

Speculation: to think the world of experience, beyond such experience. But how to seize this reality, how to speculate upon that which the academy has prohibited? Before the storms the para-academic needs to equip herself. Not only with tools, but weapons.

‘Weaponizing Speculation’ is an exploration of the various expressions of DIY theory operative in the elsewheres,the shafts and tunnels of the para-academy. We seek those thoughts that go beyond the institution, beyond the linguistic, beyond the human, to the far reaches of the incommensurate and the extinct; we seek conceptual armoury which will aid thinkers in the siege to reclaim the real.

We invite papers from those lost at sea”.

Those lost at sea are:

Saturday 2 March

Independent Colleges, Room 101

10.00-10.15 Introductory remarks: Paul Ennis, Fintan Neylan, Michael O’Rourke

10.15-11.00 Session 1: Robert Jackson, Rebecca O’Dwyer

11.00-11.15 Break

11.15-12.15 Session 2: Nick Srnicek, Dylan Trigg

12.15-13.00 Session 3: Erin Stapleton, Alice Rekab

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.45 Session 4: Francis Halsall, Alan Boardman

14.45-15.30 Session 5: Isabel Nolan, Sergey Sistiaga

15.30-15.45 Break

16.00-16.45 Session 6: MOUTH (Edia Connole, Scott Wilson) with Pat Zaidan, Mairtin Mac Con Iomaire, Kathy Tynan

20.00-22.00 Opening of Weaponising Speculation Exhibition, BLOCK T Gallery, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Sunday 3 March

Independent Colleges, Room 101

10.00-10.45 Session 7: Ridvan Askin, Ciara McMahon

10.45-11.30 Session 8: John Ryan, Ciara Griffin

11.30-12.30 Lunch

12.30-13.15 Session 9: Rob Murphy, Andy Weir

13.15-14.00 Session 10: Dock Currie, Sam Keogh

14.00-14.15 Break

14.15-15.15 Session 11: Teresa Gillespie, Ben Woodard

15.15-16.00 Session 12: Karen Dewart McEwen, Scott Wilson

16.00-16.15 Closing remarks: Paul Ennis, Fintan Neylan, Michael O’Rourke

18.00-20.00 Weaponising Speculation Exhibition, BLOCK T Gallery, Smithfield, Dublin 7

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D.U.S.T (Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) presents:

Weaponising Speculation Exhibition

VENUE: BLOCKT, Smithfield Chambers, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

OPENING: Saturday 2 March

TIME: 8 pm-10pm

COST: Free

Weaponising Speculation continues March 3 (6-8pm); March 4-March 6 (11am-6pm) and March 7 (11am-8pm)

http://www.blockt.ie

http://dublindust.wordpress.com/

Exhibiting Artists:

Alan Boardman

Teresa Gillespie

Ciara McMahon

Rob Murphy

Alice Rekab

John Ryan

Andy Weir

Speculation: to think the world of experience, beyond such experience. But how to seize this reality, how to speculate upon that which the academy and the art world has prohibited? Before the storm the para-academic and the artist need to equip themselves. Not only with tools, but weapons. Weaponizing Speculation is an exploration of the various expressions of art and theory operative in the elsewheres, the shafts and tunnels of the para-academy; an expedition armoured with techniques of thought that go beyond the institution, beyond the linguistic, beyond the human, to the far reaches of the incommensurate and the extinct; it builds a conceptual arsenal which will aid thinkers in the siege to reclaim the real.

The Weaponising Speculation exhibition is an accompaniment to the conference of the same name organized by D.U.S.T (Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought), an art/theory collective recently founded by Michael O’Rourke, Paul Ennis and Fintan Neylan. The primary aim of DUST is to stage dialogues between disparate groups of people—artists, aestheticians, philosophers, non-philosophers, theorists—who find themselves at the fringes of academic institutions and disciplines and who are also broadly concerned with speculative realism. “Weaponising Speculation” features paintings, sculptures, video and sound works by seven artists who are also speaking at the conference which will take place at Independent Colleges on March 2nd and 3rd. The show is a loose collocation of works which cluster around a shared set of interests including speculative realism, object oriented ontology, post-continental philosophy, new materialisms, systems theory, transcendental nihilism, and para-academic practices.

The exhibition will conclude with a conversation amongst the artists about how the exhibition as a “coreless experiment” isonomic with the Weaponising Speculation conference has succeeded or failed and will also consider the future trajectories of speculative thought and art/theory.

DUST event: John Mullarkey, “How to Behave Like A Philosopher”

Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought (D.U.S.T.) and the M.A. in Art in the Contemporary World (National College of Art and Design, Dublin) presents:

John Mullarkey (Professor in Film and TV, Kingston University, London)

“How to Behave Like a Philosopher”

2pm-4pm, Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Friday 1 February 2013

Mullarkey poster

Abstract: In this talk I outline one way in which Laruelle’s non-standard philosophy might be introduced – through philosophical behaviourism. Images of ‘posture’ are common throughout Laruelle’s work, with the seemingly literalised use of ‘orientation’, ‘stance’, ‘gesture’, and ‘comportment’ being prevalent in his writings. Such allusions might bring to mind ideas from Ryle, Wittgenstein, Dennett, and even the early Merleau-Ponty, whereby the conscious intent of philosophers (the world each creates) is eliminated in favour of the shared behaviour, or style of thought, they manifest. Yet this would be a philosophical behaviour without ‘behaviourism’ – the overdetermined philosophy of what behaviour is (which is usually reduced to one or two variables). By expanding the notion of behaviour beyond these limits – that is, rendering it non-standard – it can be seen that the concept of philosophical ‘decision’ (the key structural invariant for philosophy, according to Laruelle) is neither intellectual nor voluntary, but a matter of orientation or posture as regards the Real. That said, what non-standard philosophy may ultimately teach, is less a new thought about the Real, or even just about philosophy, but a different category of behaviour as regards other behaviours – a re-orientation that renders behaviour indefinite.

For more details about DUST: http://dublindust.wordpress.com/
For more details about ACW: http://www.acw.ie/

Anthony Paul Smith talk in Dublin (9 January 2013)

Anthony Paul Smith (LaSalle University and Speculative Heresy blogger) will give the inaugural lecture for the D.U.S.T (Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) art/theory collective at Flat Pack_Gallery and Studios in Dublin on 9 January 2013.

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Anthony Paul Smith (LaSalle University,http://lasalle.academia.edu/AnthonyPaulSmith )

2pm-4pm, Flat_Pack Gallery and Studios, 32 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, Ireland (http://flatpackgalleryandstudios.com)

Wednesday 9 January 2013

Faux amis?: François Laruelle and the Speculative Turn

 

Interest in François Laruelle’s project of non-philosophy continues to grow, in part because the seeming closeness of his project to that of speculative realism. In this talk Anthony Paul Smith aims to introduce the basic contours of Laruelle’s works in relation to those of speculative realism. While Laruelle has championed a form of thought that is in many ways more virulently non-correlationist than even Meillassoux, he attends to political and ethical questions in a way that appears to weave seamlessly this non-correlationism with a revised, non-standard humanism very different than the anti-humanism present amongst the speculative realists. Exploring this may show how Laruelle’s version of philosophy of science is amenable not with a cold world, but with a vision that simply isn’t worldly.

For more information about D.U.S.T please visit http://dublindust.wordpress.com/

Responses to Levi Bryant’s Two Ontologies

The audio of both responses from Paul Ennis and Michael O’Rourke to Levi Bryant’s talk “Two Ontologies: Posthumanism and Lacan’s Graphs of Sexuation” at Independent Colleges Dublin on 3 July 2012 is now available on You Tube.

The image above is a drawing by Tammy Lu and it is the cover image of Levi Bryant’s The Democracy of Objects. Please visit tammylu.net

Levi Bryant talk at Independent Colleges Dublin

Independent Colleges Dublin presents

Professor Levi R. Bryant (Collin College, Texas, USA)

‘Two Ontologies: Posthumanism and Lacan’s Graph of Sexuation’

With responses from Paul J. Ennis and Michael O’Rourke

2pm-4pm, Tuesday July 3 2012, Independent Colleges Dublin, 60-63 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

http://www.independentcolleges.ie/faculty-of-arts/profiles

Abstract: 

Initially it would seem that Lacan and posthumanism make uncomfortable bedfellows. Posthumanism rejects the centrality of the human within being, treating humans as beings among other beings, and seeks to recognize the autonomy and contributions of nonhumans to social formations rather than focusing on beliefs, norms, signs, signifiers, and ideologies alone. In his focus on language and the symbolic, Lacan seem starkly opposed to such an orientation, instead treating the world as an effect of the signifier (which is a “human” formation). Indeed, in Seminar XX, Lacan says that “the universe is the flower of rhetoric”, implying that beings are products or effects of signifying systems. However, while Lacan himself does not seem to advocate a posthumanism, closer scrutiny of his thought offers powerful resources for thinking the posthuman and queer. Unlike postmoderns and some post-structuralists– for example Baudrillard in his System of Objects –Lacan is not so much a thinker of how the signifier and symbolic structure reality as he is a thinker of the limits and constitutive incompleteness of the symbolic and the illusory attempts to cover over this incompleteness. This becomes apparent above all in Lacan’s graph of sexuation, where the two “sexuated” positions outline formal deadlocks that emerge when the symbolic order tries to totalize itself without remainder. Far from advocating the sovereignty of the signifier in constructing the universe, Lacan’s Goedelian structuralism endlessly shows the impotence and incompleteness of the signifier. Under this reading, the masculine side of the graph of sexuation turns out to be the side of semblance that strives to cover over the gaps and inconsistencies of the symbolic through a transcendent supplement. By contrast, the feminine side of the graph of sexuation becomes the side of truth, marking the limits of language and signification and opening on to entities which are beyond the realm of language and culture. An ontology cognizant of the way suggested by the formal deadlocks discovered by Lacan points the way to a posthumanism capable of opening on to nonhumans and that no longer places humans at the center of being but rather treats them as beings among other beings.

Biographies of participants:

Levi R. Bryant is a professor of philosophy at Collin College and a former psychoanalyst. He is the author of The Democracy of Objects, Difference and Givenness, and co-editor, with Graham Harman and Nick Srnicek of The Speculative Turn. He has written numerous articles on Lacan, Žižek, Badiou, Deleuze, and object-oriented ontology. He currently lives outside of Dallas, Texas.

Paul J. Ennis completed his PhD in Philosophy at University College, Dublin. His recent publications include Continental Realism (Zero Books, 2011), and ‘The Transcendental Core of Correlationism,’ Cosmos and History (2011). He is an associate editor at the journal Speculations: Journal of Speculative Realism.

Michael O’Rourke lectures in the School of Psychotherapy at Independent Colleges, Dublin, Ireland and works mostly at the intersections between Queer Theory and continental philosophy. Some of his many publications can be found here: http://independentcolleges.academia.edu/MichaelORourke

Schedule: 

2.00-2.05 Opening Remarks 

2.05-2.50 Levi R. Bryant, “Two Ontologies: Posthumanism and Lacan’s Graph of Sexuation”

2.50-3.00 Response from Paul J. Ennis 

3.00-3.10 Response from Michael O’Rourke

3.10-4.00 Discussion with Levi R. Bryant 

Reading: In advance of the seminar delegates should read Part 6, “The Four Theses of Flat Ontology” 
of Levi Bryan’ts open access book The Democracy of Objects (Open Humanities Press, 2011). The book is available to download as a pdf file here: 

http://openhumanitiespress.org/Bryant_2011_The%20Democracy%20of%20Objects.pdf 

The html version of the book can be accessed here:

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ohp%3Bidno%3D9750134.0001.001

Registration: To reserve a place please email Michael O’Rourke (tranquilised_icon@yahoo.com). A registration fee of E10 is payable on the day of the seminar. Image

P.E.S.T: Black Metal Theory Symposium

The next in a series of Black Metal Theory symposia–following Hideous Gnosis in Brooklyn (December 2009) and Melancology (January 2011) in London–will take place in Dublin on 20 November. The theme for this gathering, organized by Michael O’Rourke, Nicola Masciandaro and Karin Sellberg in collaboration with Into the Void Records (http://intothevoidrecords.com/), is P.E.S.T (Philial Epidemic Strategy Tryst) and it features talks by Speculative Heresy contributors Paul Ennis, Michael O’Rourke and Ben Woodard. As well as the para-academic talks there will be an exhibition of artworks by Vincent Como (http://vincentcomo.com/home.html) and Kamillea Aghtan. We are also pleased to say that Hugh McCabe (http://tracesofthereal.com/) will be photographing the proceedings.

Full details including the rationale, abstracts and schedule are below.

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