SFSIA 2019 | States of Consciousness in Cognitive Capitalism

Building upon our past four year engagement with topics concerning estrangement, individuation, collectivity and art and politics in cognitive capitalism, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art 2019 will focus upon states of consciousness.

As we have witnessed firsthand in the 2016 U.S. election, the political potential stored in the complex networked analytics of information and their neural analogues are now being fully engaged as apparatuses of control. Economies of attention and dis-attention, click bait, cloud analytics, memes, social media and fake news have now taken center stage in the process of subjectivation and the interiorization of domination. Could the spreading wave of Populism worldwide be the result of forms of embodied and extended cognition linked to contemporary neoliberal apparatuses? The central thesis of this year’s program posits that these are the initial constituents and first signs of an impending crisis that define a later stage of cognitive capitalism. New technologies on the horizon, such as brain computer interfaces, cortical implants and optogenetics, provide an imminent threat and could create the core technologies that instigate, track, measure, and record the brains’ capacities to generate electrical signals (or brain waves) during wake and sleep which then might be linked to the Internet and virtual platforms. Companies funded by DARPA, like Neuralink and Kernel, are at the forefront of these efforts to produce “total subsumption”. On the other hand, perhaps these new technologies will make brain power obsolete as humans are replaced by AI and robots and are no longer necessary for military regimes or physical and mental labor. As such, the nightmare of science fiction and right-leaning accelerationism might become reality.

SFSIA 2019 asks what effect these transformations might have on human consciousness and its various social and cultural expressions and permutations as defined in the fields of neuroaesthetics, psychology, politics, philosophy of mind, queer and gender studies, popular and visual culture, cultural and decolonial studies, art history, visual and sound art, film studies, as well as, sociology and economics. How might we together understand these changes in the context of artistic research programs that (already) use the lenses of post-humanism, transhumanism, and speculative materialism? Through discussions, workshops, deep readings and performative lectures, we aim to co-create new pathways of understanding and dissensus.

SFSIA 2019 | New York City

hosted by Performance Space New York
June 1 -15, 2019

Faculty include: Claire Bishop, Patricia Clough, Suzanne Dikker, Coco Fusco, Agnieszka Kurant, Sanford Kwinter, Joseph E. LeDoux, Carlo McCormick, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Yann Moulier-Boutang, Warren Neidich (founder/director), Reza Negarestani, Alva Noë, Luciana Parisi, Christiane Paul, Daniel Pinchbeck, Florencia Portocarrero, Barry Schwabsky (co-director), Martha Schwendener, Sensorium (John Fitzgerald and Matthew Niederhauser), Roxane Silberman and Laura Wexler.

SFSIA 2019 | Berlin

hosted by Spike
July 4 – 23, 2019

Faculty include: Fia Backström, Simon Denny, Bracha L. Ettinger, Joerg Fingerhut, Andrea Fumagalli, Stefano Harney, Stefanie Hessler, Yuk Hui, Jitish Kallat, Isabel Lewis, Jon Lindblom, Lev Manovich, Warren Neidich (founder/director), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Susanne Neubauer, Ruth Noack, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Boris Ondreička, Susan Ploetz, Adina Popescu, Elisabeth Von Samsonow, Barry Schwabsky (co-director), Mithu Sen, Jennifer Teets, Pieter Vermeulen, Hubertus von Amelunxen and Charles T. Wolfe.


SFSIA 2018 | Berlin
Art and the Poetics of Praxis in Cognitive Capitalism



SFSIA 2019 | States of Consciousness in Cognitive Capitalism


Building upon our past four year engagement with topics concerning estrangement, individuation, collectivity and art and politics in cognitive capitalism, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art 2019 will focus upon states of consciousness and consider what effects new technological transformations might have on human consciousness and its various social and cultural expressions and permutations. Through discussions, workshops, deep readings and performative lectures, we aim to co-create new pathways of understanding and dissensus.

For more information see our 2019 New York City and Berlin programs.

Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art | New York City

hosted by Performance Space New York
June 1 -15, 2019

Faculty include: Claire Bishop, Patricia Clough, Suzanne Dikker, Coco Fusco, Agnieszka Kurant, Sanford Kwinter, Joseph E. LeDoux, Carlo McCormick, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Yann Moulier-Boutang, Warren Neidich (founder/director), Reza Negarestani, Alva Noë, Luciana Parisi, Christiane Paul, Daniel Pinchbeck, Florencia Portocarrero, Barry Schwabsky (co-director), Martha Schwendener, Sensorium (John Fitzgerald and Matthew Niederhauser), Roxane Silberman and Laura Wexler.

Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art | Berlin

hosted by Spike
July 4 – 23, 2019

Faculty include: Fia Backström, Simon Denny, Bracha L. Ettinger, Joerg Fingerhut, Andrea Fumagalli, Stefano Harney, Stefanie Hessler, Yuk Hui, Jitish Kallat, Isabel Lewis, Jon Lindblom, Lev Manovich, Warren Neidich (founder/director), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Susanne Neubauer, Ruth Noack, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Boris Ondreička, Susan Ploetz, Adina Popescu, Elisabeth Von Samsonow, Barry Schwabsky (co-director), Mithu Sen, Jennifer Teets, Pieter Vermeulen, Hubertus von Amelunxen and Charles T. Wolfe.

SFSIA 2018 | LA // Otis College of Art and Design. photo: Fawad Assadullah
SFSIA 2018 | BERLIN // Marina Fokidis at Spike Art Quarterly. photo: Sean Smuda

About

Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (SFSIA) is a nomadic, intensive summer academy with shifting programs in contemporary critical theory. SFSIA stresses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between art and politics. The program consists of seminar-style lectures, deep readings, and workshops. An evening lecture program is free and open to the public. We encourage all genre of artists, film-makers, poets, philosophers, architects, critical theorists, and curators whose practice could use an invigorating jolt of new theory to consider applying for the program.

Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art was founded and is directed by Warren Neidich 
and co-directed by Barry Schwabsky.

For more information read Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art: A Berlin Intensive at the Juncture of Theory, Praxis and Art written by Jennifer Teets for Art and Education.

Art and the Politics of Collectivity
SFSIA 2017 | Berlin

SFSIA 2017 | BERLIN // Franco “Bifo” Berardi at Spike Art Quarterly.
SFSIA 2017 | BERLIN // Christian Kobald, Ludwig Seyfarth, Anuradha Vikram and Mathieu Copeland at Spike Art Quarterly.
SFSIA 2017 | BERLIN // Anuradha Vikram workshop at Spike Art Quarterly.
SFSIA 2017 | BERLIN // Robby Herbst workshop at Spike Art Quarterly.