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Steve Kurtz, "Art and Discipline," NYC December 12

Steve Kurtz Talk - "Art and Discipline"

What: Presentation / Discussion

Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor (directions below)

When: Monday Night 12.12.05 @ 7:30 Pm

Who: Open To All

Our short introductions to events sometimes aspire to a provocation for the evening. How is that we have come so far and seemingly done so little to stop it? How is that we are being disciplined to accept this state of endless war? How is it that so much is being done and yet the same tune plays on? War abroad and war at home. Civil Liberties, "human" rights, open
debate, OUT! Torture, abduction, abuse, expulsion, unabashed lies and untold casualties - the stuff of everyday news. Case by case, step by step, it is difficult to tell whether this war without end is reaching its end or sinking into our guts. All be it the language is dramatic, the reality is far more outrageous and devastating.

We are in a state of emergency, a state of exception. What are the implications of this on our activities?

Since the beginning of the case that unfolded against CAE's Steve Kurtz, 16Beaver has attempted to give space to both the intellectual concerns in CAE's work (including the program we organized with CAVS at MIT) and formal
and informal discussions we have held about the situation at our own space.

This Monday, we are happy to invite you to a discussion with Steve Kurtz of CAE. We will begin the evening with a presentation, 'Art and Discipline.' In this lecture Steve will discuss the many forms of disciplinary
authority that Critical Art Ensemble has encountered over the years, as well as how and why these situations came about. We will follow up this talk with a discussion.


About Steve Kurtz

Steve Kurtz is a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). CAE is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various
specializations, including computer graphics and web design, wetware, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. Formed in 1987, CAE’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The collective has performed and produced a wide variety of projects for an international audience at diverse venues ranging from the street, to the museum, to the Internet. Critical Art Ensemble has also written five books, and is about to release its sixth work Marching Plague: Germ Warfare and Global Public Health. Kurtz is an Associate Professor of Art at SUNY, Buffalo.