February 23, 2018
. . . An evening with Seth Price and Sohrab Mohebbi
Meanwhile the ice is calving: the country, the postwar order, social democracy. Thanks to years of neoliberal pessimism and Clintonite cynicism we tend to see politics as a contest over crumbs, even though there are so many of us, and the things that we need – shelter, medicine, living wages, freedom from state violence, progress towards abolition of the carceral state and the racial caste system – are both just and attainable. The good news is that Bernie Sanders, Occupy, and Black Lives Matter have showed us how to reject a bankrupt liberalism, with the result that people under 30 seem as likely to be socialists as liberals. This has a lot to do with their options in this economy, and it’s helped by social media, which has punctured the Clinton-era political spectacle traditionally abetted by the press. But social media also exacerbates the sense of futility. People on the left want to be more politically active but the forms on offer seem inadequate, so everyone spends excessive time online despite experiencing it as toxic and unproductive. Self-defeating fury is Twitter’s fuel source, from the president on down. Fury can be productive, of course. I saw Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak lecture to a majority white, upper-class audience, one of whom protested, "but now I feel like I can’t speak!" Spivak’s reply: "Be angry at the system that produces that feeling."

You can put your body into spaces of protest and solidarity, you can put your money into organizations, but what can an artwork do?

Seth Price, "Wrong Seeing, Odd Thinking, Strange Action," Texte zur Kunst, 2017 (excerpt)

Curator Sohrab Mohebbi and Seth Price are in conversation with each other and with the audience. Afterwards, Seth chooses the music for all to enjoy over drinks.

This is the sixth event in our year-long season about and around the work of Seth Price.

Seth Price and Sohrab Mohebbi in conversation

6:30 pm: Talk and conversation
8 pm: Music and drinks

Space is limited.

Listen to the lecture here: