The New Existentialism

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During the past decade and a half, New York has seemed a unique laboratory for paradigmatic shifts in society, providing a locus for crises in financial and economic structure, political organization, and climatic patterns. And yet the circumstances unfolding in all these spheres have prompted a sense of insecurity that pervades not only the old centers of the occidental world but also territories beyond. In an effort to reframe (and de-privilege) humanity’s place in this radically altered world environment, a number of increasingly prominent voices in contemporary thought have been seeking to instigate a break with historical modes of intellectual engagement stemming from continental philosophy in order to find alternative models that might depart from referential practices, poststructuralism, and even sociological theory. At the same time, such an impulse is shared by an emerging generation of practitioners in art.

In "The New Existentialism," French and American thinkers and artists—including Emily Apter, Patricia Fulguières, Tristan Garcia, and Patrice Maniglier—will evoke some recent philosophical proposals and link them with related artistic practices. More specifically, emerging philosophical tendencies around the notion of objectivity, and of Speculative Realism, will be put in tension with similarly developing philosophical approaches that encourage subtle re-readings of structuralism, a new reception of Félix Guattari's legacy in the field of anthropology, and a political appropriation of the notion of anthropocene. An aspiration here is to underscore certain misunderstandings that oppose these different models and, in turn, to articulate and understand their disputes more clearly.

The New Existentialism’s Symposium is presented by The Kitchen in the framework of ART². 

ART² is An International Platform on Contemporary Art, presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. in collaboration with the New York presenters Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange). More at frenchculture.org.

April 26, 3–5pm

The New Existentialism is funded in part by Etant donnés: the French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program of FACE and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with funding from the Florence Gould Foundation. Literature programs at The Kitchen are made possible with support from Axe-Houghton Foundation and with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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