The (OOO) Project_5 Afro-Futurism, Xenofeminism and Disobedient Objects

08/01/2017 - 28/02/2017

The (OOO) Project
(Out Of Office)  (Object Oriented Ontology)

The (OOO) Project is a series of lectures by contemporary philosophers, researchers and intellectuals, selected by Gloria Maria Gallery, that aim to provide a thorough introduction to questioning objects, ontology, human, post-human, post-capitalism and art.

The (OOO) Project_5 features “The Aesthetics of Activism: Afro-Futurism, Xenofeminism, and Disobedient Objects” released by YALE University in occasion of the J. Irwin Miller Symposium on October 2016.

This symposium, convened by Mark Foster Gage, explored emerging positions that cast aesthetics as the primary discourse for social, ecological, and political engagement.

In contrast to commonly held opinions that these issues are antithetical to the aesthetic, recent work in aesthetic theory across multiple disciplines suggests that such political and ontological problems may be best addressed as aspects of aesthetic experience.

An interdisciplinary group of philosophers, scholars, media theorists, artists, curators, and architects did speculate on how a reignited discourse on aesthetics is prompting new insights into our relationships with not only objects, spaces, environments, and ecologies, but also with each other and political structures in which we are all enmeshed.

Philosophical viewpoints foregrounding aesthetics, including Accelerationism, Afro-Futurism, Dark Ecology, Extro-Science Fiction, Disobedient Objects, Immaterialism, Object-Oriented Ontology, and Xenofeminism, have been explored and discussed through a series of lectures, presentations of work, and interdisciplinary roundtable discussions.


Peggy Deamer, Yale University

Nettrice Gaskins, Boston Arts Academy
“Cosmogramic Design: A Cultural Model of the Aesthetic Response”
Diann Bauer, Artist
“Xenotemporal Futures”
Catherine Flood, Victoria & Albert museum, London
“Disobedient Objects”

Roundtable Discussion
Peggy Deamer, Yale University (moderator)
Diann Bauer, Artist
Nettrice Gaskins, Boston Arts Academy
Jonathan Massey, California College of the Arts
Catherine Flood, Victoria & Albert museum, London

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