Dictionary of the Possible
Over the course of a year Shifter in collaboration with Avi Alpert will host a series of public discussions, each concentrated on unraveling a keyword – a term that carries with it both a sense of urgency and agency in our present climate. By inviting artists, writers, activists, philosophers and others to propose terms and lead discussions, we will open up our editorial process to the motivations of others.
The yearlong series will culminate in Shifter’s 22nd issue Dictionary of the Possible. This dictionary will catalog the keywords taken up for discussion over the course of a year, accompanied by a list of questions provoked during each discussion. Rather than providing static definitions we envision a dictionary that continually incites discussion.
Saturday, October 18, 4-6 pm
The Bark Room at the New School
2 West 13th Street, Room M101
Discussion Leaders: Shadi Harouni & Rit Premnath
Julia Bryan-Wilson (p.4) & Okwui Enwezor (p.33) from Questionnaire on “The Contemporary” edited by Hal Foster
Comrades of Time by Boris Groys
Introduction to What Was Contemporary Art by Richard Meyer
Discussion Leaders: Gabriel Rockhill and Avi Alpert
Optional Reading: Avant-Garde and Neo-Avant Garde: An Attempt to Answer the Certain Critics of the Avant-garde by Peter Bürger
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