Past event


Join the MA Aesthetics and Politics program (School of Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts) for a one-day line-up of reflections and performances on the themes of care and repair. Creative thinkers and critical artists will join forces in a focused but festival-like gathering to experiment with different forms of presentation, attention, and debate. Under pandemic conditions, and with topics ranging from land acknowledgment to architecture and the ethics of care, neoliberalism and the imperative to “take care of yourself”, climate-change and the post-critical turn to repair, this event will feature contributions by among others Églantine Colon, Anders Dunker, Stephanie Mei Huang, Jia Yi Gu, Nick Nauman, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrío, Theresa Ambo, Kelly Stewart, Lucinda Trask, Damon Young, Dimitri Chamblas, Amy Howden Chapman/ Mireya Lucio, and Maggie Nelson. Audience participation expected.

Schedule // Speaker and Performer Bios

10:00am—10:10am: Opening remarks, Arne De Boever 

10:10am: PERFORMANCELucinda Trask, Platform with 3 sides


10:15am—10:45am: Theresa Ambo, Kelly Stewart, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrío, “On Land Acknowledgement” 

10:45am—11:15am: Discussion 

11:15am: PERFORMANCEDimitri Chamblas, Slow Show (screen version) 

12:00pm—1:00pm: Pause

1:00pm—1:10pm: Opening remarks, Eglantine Colon

1:10pm: PERFORMANCELucinda TraskPlatform with 3 sides


1:15pm—1:30pm: Églantine Colon, “The Problem with Breath” & Three Comments on Non-Reparative Care

1:35pm—1:50pm: Damon Young, “The Greatest Love of All”

1:55pm—2:10pm: Adilifu Nama, “Bright Moments: Rahsaan Roland Kirk in the Age of Covid”

2:10pm—2:40pm: Discussion

2:40pm: PERFORMANCEstephanie mei huang, how to hobble a young horse

3:00pm—3:30pm: Pause

3:30pm—3:40pm: Opening remarks, Arne De Boever 

3:40pm: PERFORMANCELucinda TraskPlatform with 3 sides


3:45pm—4:00pm: Nick Nauman, “Take Stock in Decision”

4:00pm—4:15pm: Jia Yi Gu, “Major Repairs / Minor Spaces”

4:15pm—4:30pm: Anders Dunker, “Thinking Landscapes” 

4:30pm—5:00pm: Discussion

5:00pm—5:15pm: PERFORMANCEAmy Howden-Chapman, featuring Mireya Lucio, “The Apologies”


5:15pm5:20pm: PERFORMANCELucinda TraskPlatform with 3 sides

5:20pm—6:30pm: Roundtable with Maggie Nelson, featuring all participants, and moderated by Églantine Colon and Arne De Boever  

Organized by Arne De Boever, Program Director, School of Critical Studies, CalArts.