McKenzie Wark visit to University of Canberra

McKenzie Wark is visiting Australia next week and is giving talks at various places.

He will be giving a seminar at the University of Canberra.

Location: Room B02, Building 2, University of Canberra
Date: Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

From thought as an occupation to some thoughts on the occupation

Twenty years ago McKenzie Wark coined the term ‘weird global media event’ to describe the then-recent events in Tiananmen Square. While hardly on the same scale, the Occupation of Wall Street shares with it certain characteristics as an event. In this presentation, Wark sums up the trajectory of his research on media, culture and politics, with particular reference to his new book The Beach Beneath the Street (Verso). The book offers a timely reminder of the relevance in the twenty-first century of the Situationist International. The last of the great aesthetico-political avant gardes, their work foreshadows in many respects the rise of the Occupation movement, which spread from New York to over sixty American cities, and is itself an echo of the politics of space that took place in Egypt and Tunisia earlier this year.

McKenzie Wark is Professor of Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He is the author of Virtual Geography (1994), A Hacker Manifesto (2004), Gamer Theory (2007) and various other things.

It is supported in part by the Public Communication Research Cluster in the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Canberra.

The Canberra seminar is open to the public, so please pass on to relevant interested parties. Space is limited, however, so please RSVP to glen (dot) fuller (at) canberra (dot) edu (dot) au

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