Dramaturgies of Resistance:
Collectivity, Performance, Dialectics

Dramaturgies of Resistance is an online event series running in the 2020–21 academic year. The series is funded by the Jackman Humanities Institute's Program for the Arts at the University of Toronto and is organized by faculty and graduate students in Religion, Philosophy, Cinema Studies, and Comparative Literature. All events will be held on Zoom and are open to the public.

INFINITY Minus Infinity
The Otolith Group in conversation with Denise Ferreira da Silva

The Otolith Group, INFINITY Minus Infinity, 2019

The Dramaturgies of Resistance event series continues on Thursday, March 18, 2021 with a live screening of The Otolith Group's celebrated recent film INFINITY Minus Infinity (2019), followed by a discussion between Otolith (artists Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar) and Denise Ferreira da Silva (University of British Columbia), whose formulation of an "Equation of Value" centrally informs the film's “aesthetic imagination of blackness as that which holds and hosts the capacity to disrupt life” (The Otolith Group, 2020).

Please register only if you intend to attend the Webinar, which will allow participants to ask questions during the final Q&A. As with the Hito Steyerl lecture, we will also livestream the event through the Facebook event for maximal accessibility — follow the @DramaturgiesofResistance Facebook page for regular updates, or check dramaturgiesofresistance.com for a link to the livestream at the event time. (Note that viewing Facebook Live streams does not require a Facebook account.)

The Otolith Group | INFINITY Minus Infinity (2019)

Denise Ferreira da Silva, "1 (life) ÷ 0 (blackness) = ∞ − ∞ or ∞ / ∞: On Matter Beyond the Equation of Value" (2017)

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Hito Steyerl: Lecture

Hito Steyerl, SocialSim, 2020
Single channel HD video and live computer simulation Dancing Mania
Duration: 18:19 min (single channel), Dancing Mania duration variable
Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl. Image courtesy of the Artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, and Esther Schipper, Berlin

On Friday, January 22, 2021, artist, filmmaker, and media theorist Hito Steyerl joins the Dramaturgies of Resistance collective for a discussion of recent work, including a live Q&A with the Zoom webinar audience.

Hito Steyerl is an internationally renowned artist, filmmaker and scholar whose deft navigation of the disparate modes of art-making and theorizing continues to expand the ways we experience and examine the social roles of art and museums, experimentation with media and forms of presentation, and our interactions with realized and potential uses of artificial intelligence. At this unprecedented time, when it seems as if “everything is canceled,” Steyerl’s most recent work explores the complex relation between spread (of conspiracy theories no less than viral contagion) and simulation (from the automization of performance to our capacities for virtual interaction with statistical probability of human risk).

More information on Steyerl's recent exhibition "I Will Survive" can be found at the Düsseldorf Kunstsammlung (K21)

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The event series will culminate with a symposium with invited speakers and performers. Additional information regarding this event will be made available soon.