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Art of Rent Seminar Series Spring 2008 London

The Art of Rent

Spring 2008 University of London, Queen Maryhttp://www.generation-online.org/other/artofrent.htm

As part of an ongoing collective project, the organisers of this seminar series seek to promote a discussion on the rise of rent as a form of capitalist appropriation and the way that new levels of association in the arts and culture, in information and communication, in public taste and ambience have made this rise possible, and from the perspective of private accumulation, necessary. To this end, the seminar brings together various perspectives on the Art of Rent taking in analysis of cognitive capitalism, of the financialisation of the quotidian and the bodily, of gentrification and the metroversity, of new international division of labour and of governance. The seminar will conclude with a special two-day event in September on the cultural industries.

Behind this series is the sense that the Art of Rent is a reaction to a new collective power among bodies assembled to labour and a capacity for ensemble in the social individual, all provoked by the migrations of work into culture, language, and affect and the work of migrations into these registers of life. For those who work in the university, in the arts, and in politics long seeking to subvert the relationship between innovation and wage, the rise of the relationship between innovation and rent calls not for subversion but sabotage of the creative process.

Seminars will feature presentation from the speakers followed by structured discussion and questions and answers. Presentations to be made by Carlo Vercellone, Matteo Pasquinelli, Christian Marazzi, Randy Martin, Costas Lapavitsas, Sandro Mezzadra, Xiang Biao, Judith Revel, Stefano Harney, and others.

All the seminars are free and all are welcome

All seminars (except for February 29th) 16:00-18:00 Room 4.08 Francis Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End.

Friday February 29th, 2008 The Art of Rent

16:00 – 18:00 Room 602 Physics Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End

• Carlo Vercellone, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne • Matteo Pasquinelli, Queen Mary University

Friday March 28th, 2008 Crisis and Financialization

• Christian Marazzi, University of Southern Switzerland • Randy Martin, New York University • Costas Lapavitsas, SOAS London

Thursday May 15th, 2008 New international division of labour

• Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna • Xiang Biao, Oxford University

Thursday June 5th, 2008 Governance, resistance, production of common

• Judith Revel, Sorbonne University, Paris • Stefano Harney, Queen Mary University

Space is limited; those planning to attend to should send a message to artofrent@gmail.com


For further information please email artofrent@gmail.com