THE ABOLITION OF DISTANCES, Kader Attia at Goldsmiths University of London

Kader Attia, The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures, 2012


As the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London turns 10, it is looking at how new entry points for engagement have emerged, new Cartographies are being drawn and new practices have claimed legitimacy as the direct outcome of knowledge production. This terms’ public programme, entitled Permissions. The Way We Work Now and curated by Irit Rogoff, Manuel Ramos and Susan Schuppli, brings together members of the Visual Cultures department, invited guests and former students in order to map out the changing orders of creative knowledges. As boundaries dissolve between teaching, researching and articulating concerns, as definitions of practice expand and mutate – the programme wish to pay attention to the permissions granted us by such changes. How do we currently define our subjects and methods, as invention and necessity join forces within our work? As we self institute and self authorize in the face of new formats of research, study and practice – how do our permissions come about, are they immanent to fields of study or authorised by the urgent issues of the day?

On Thursday the 14th of January 2016 The Abolition of Distances, a lecture by artist Kader Attia, will take place from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Professor Stuart Hall Building LG02. Attia grew up in both Algeria and the suburbs of Paris and uses this experience as a starting point to develop a dynamic practice that reflects on aesthetics and ethics of cultural difference. He explores the wide-ranging repercussions of Western modern cultural hegemony and colonialism on non-Western cultures, investigating identity politics of historical and colonial eras, from Tradition to Modernity, in the light of our globalized world, of which he creates a genealogy. For several years, his research has focused on the concept of Repair, as a constant of which the modern Western Mind and the traditional extra-Occidental thought have always had an opposite vision. From Culture to Nature, from gender to architecture, from science to philosophy, any system of life is an infinite process of repair.

The event is free and no booking is required. All welcome.

Goldsmiths, University of London – Professor Stuart Hall Building LG02
Thursday 14 January 5.00-7.00pm