Thursday, October 22, 2020, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Co-hosted by MIT List Visual Arts Center and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
A businessperson waits for a delayed subway. A wrongly convicted prisoner awaits justice. A refugee waits for their asylum case. A nation waits for the promised boon of economic development. The world waits for a vaccine. Nature waits for its exploitation to end.
Waiting is usually what we do between things. It is the space between two destinations, an empty and anxious time to fill with distractions. But when we look more closely, we see that waiting is also an activity in itself, bristling with energy, uncertainty, and inequality. What does the condition of waiting reveal about us, our world, and the natural environment that sustains it?
This series of eight sessions offer glimpses into the thought and practices of artists, architects, historians, and theorists who grapple with this question. In each hour-long session, participants will share their own research into an aspect of waiting while touching on some of its registers: enforced waiting, chronic waiting, natural waiting, existential waiting, and even those desirable modes of waiting that we long for. A brief moderated discussion and audience Q&A will follow.
Sandrine Canac & Felipe Steinberg: Oct 22, 2020, 5:30–6:30 pm
Sandrine Canac will offer a fictionalized conversation that takes place in postcolonial theorist Dipesh Chakrabarty’s “waiting room” of history. Felipe Steinberg will share his research into US labor laws and how the state of always being “on-call” is a form of unpaid waiting.
For more information on Premnath's upcoming exhibition at the CAC click here.
To see the full list of Shifter 25: Waiting events, click here.