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RESCHEDULED -- Norman M. Klein: A Brief Archaeology of Our Present Crisis: Feudalistic Pluralism

Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, University Center, L102 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

This event has been rescheduled for January 28th.

Over the past eighteen years, as a civilization and a capitalist economy, we have indeed entered a new era, beyond globalism. Are there instructive parallels from other eras that might help us? How do we imagine ourselves fixing this growing crisis? The changes are worldwide, consistent in many ways, but thoroughly irregular in their rhythms, like a heart condition across seven continents. It is a new species of feudalism.

Norman M. Klein is a professor at the California Institute of the Arts and a critic, urban and media historian, as well as novelist. His books include: The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of MemorySeven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated CartoonThe Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special EffectsFreud in Coney Island and Other Tales; and the database novel Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-86. His essays have appeared in anthologies, museum catalogs, newspapers, scholarly journals, and on the web. They are symptoms of a polymath’s career, ranging from European cultural history to animation and architectural studies, from special effects to cinema and digital theory, to LA studies, fiction, media design and documentary film. His work (including museum shows) has centered on the relationship between collective memory and power in urban spaces; the thin line between fact and fiction; and erasure, forgetting, scripted spaces, and the social imaginary.

The lecture will be followed by the opening of the exhibition Mass Observation 2.0: Research into the Everyday at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at 7.30 pm

 

Sponsored by The School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons/The New School, and the University of Cologne, Fund for Innovation in Teaching.

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