Making and Breaking - Cultural Production and Social Change

Join us for the launch of this new web journal! Úna Henry in conversation with the editors Sebastian Olma and Patricia Reed.

Jan 2019
16:00 to 19:30
location: V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media

The first issue of makingandbreaking.org delves into questions as to the role of cultural production as a contributing force for emancipatory social transformation. We believe this to be an urgent and difficult question today, given the ways through which much cultural production lubricates neoliberal operations since the 1980’s (especially it’s spurring of inequality); including the plight of critical practices whose modes of antagonism are frequently subsumed. As a result of decades-long neoliberal transformation, many systems of cultural production bend toward ideological machines supporting, whether inadvertently or not, the thesis of capitalist realism; that there is no alternative, that there is no possibility of political propositions that break with our current trajectory.

It is against these tendencies that makingandbreaking.org probes modes of cultural production that engage with questions of social transformation. How can our current models for the functioning of art and cultural production be refashioned, reconceived to live up to the claims of participating in social transformation? How can they help to redirect libidinal energies, that are often today co-opted by digital machines of “consciousness deflation” (Mark Fisher), to take on new formulations of futural desire and attachment? How does the category of human experience figure in our global plight, in view of the impersonalization that comes with increasing complexity?

In the first issue of makingandbreaking.org artists, curators and theorists reflect on these questions across a wide spectrum of cultural production and geographies.


Dulcie Abrahams Altass, Benjamin Busch, Florian Cramer, Katherine Cross, Max Dovey, Rhian E. Jones, Arjen Mulder, Patricia Reed.


17:00h – 18:30h: Presentation/Conversation
18:30h – 19:30h: Drinks

Úna Henry

Irish born curator Úna Henry is Head of the Master Institute AKV | St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in 's Hertogenbosch. She brings her combined experience as a cultural organiser and researcher occupied with radical pedagogy and the role of art and its institutions in relation to labour and the political economy. During her tenure as director of SMART Project Space in Amsterdam from 2002 she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated cross-disciplinary contemporary arts programme, and organised major exhibitions of international standing together with an active public programme of events, as well as numerous symposia working alongside some of the most eminent artists and theorists in the field.

Sebastian Olma

Sebastian Olma is an Amsterdam-based author, critic, and sometime consultant with a critical view on creative industries policies. He is Professor of Autonomy at Avans University’s Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology. Trained in a variety of social sciences and humanities at universities in Germany, the US, and Great Britain, he holds a PhD in cultural sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London. He’s worked at the University of Amsterdam and was research fellow at the Institute of Network Culture. His books include In Defence of Serendipity. For a Radical Politics of Innovation (Repeater 2016) and Art and Autonomy: Past - Present - Future. Towards an Aesthetics of Performative Defiance (Avans 2016).

Patricia Reed

Patricia Reed is an artist, writer and designer based in Berlin. Recent writings have been published in Angelaki(forthcoming); Para-Platforms(Sternberg); Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production (Punctum Books, forthcoming); e-flux Architecture;Xeno-Architecture(Sternberg Press); Cold War Cold World(Urbanomic); and Distributed(Open Editions). She was a theory researcher for Public Art Munich 2018, and is also part of the Laboria Cuboniks (techno-material feminist) working group whose Xenofeminist Manifesto(2015) was reissued by Verso books in 2018.

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