FRED MOTEN, STEFANO HARNEY
The Aesthetics of Abolition, The Abolition of Art
In this talk, we will be concerned with the social and theoretical practice of the senses, towards which Marx suggestively gestures in his "Private Property and Communism." What if there is a more than merely heuristic interplay of private property and communism - and, for that matter, abstraction and the real - that further investigation of the sociality of sensual experience requires? These are questions concerning the grammars and protocols of gathering, which we will take up under the guidance of The Damned, a group of black women workers, social activists and social theorists at work in the New York metropolitan area half a century ago.
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten are students of the black radical tradition. They are authors of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and All Incomplete (Autonomedia/Minor Compositions 2013 and 2021). Fred teaches at New York University. Stefano teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London. They are involved in several cooperatives and collaborative projects including Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective, the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy, Moved by the Motion and the Institute for Physical Sociology.