TALK: ON FACTS AND FICTION

dates 20-21-22.06.2019

Curated by Antonia Alampi and Warren Neidich

 

With Isaac Julien, Federico Campagna, Chiara Cappelletto, Erminia dell’Oro, Chiara Figone, Gabriella Ghermandi, Jessika Khazrik, Valentina Pisanty, Corrado Sinigaglia and Tiziana Terranova

On June 20 and 21, 3pm – 8pm, at Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Ca’ Dolfin – Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
On June 22, 7pm – 9pm at Zuecca Project Space, Venice

 

 

The Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (SFSIA), www.artbrain.org and The Journal of Neuroaesthetics, Zuecca Projects and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, are happy to present “On Facts and Fiction: Analyzing Propaganda and Fake News in the 21st century”, curated by Antonia Alampi and Warren Neidich.

 

Rumor to Delusion“, a solo-exhibition by Warren Neidich on view at Zuecca Project Space, critically engages with issues concerning the construction of subjectivity and consciousness in our present moment by using the infamous “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory as its model. You may or may not remember how this fake news story, conceived and nurtured on Internet chat rooms and billboards, like Reddit and 4chan, during the 2016 presidential campaign, went viral and potentially affected the electoral outcome.

 

Taking this event as its starting point, “On Facts and Fiction: Analyzing Propaganda and Fake News in the 21st century” is a two-day program concerning the concept, use and technological distribution of “fake-news”, and its legacy within the history of propaganda, in particular in connection to right-wing movements in two very different contexts, namely Italy and the United States.

 

Firstly, the program will investigate the subtle and complex relations of fiction and facts, trying to unravel what has been defined “post-truth society” in its present day context. Special interest will be placed upon the historical context and today’s rise in far right populism in Italy, in which the program takes place. Secondly, it will situate the discussion around fake news in the Italian political philosophical movement of post-Workerism and Italian cognitive capitalism in its early and late stage. In the former condition, it will discuss the relationship of valorization and financialization to the emergent forms of capital production that are based on the fictive capacity of language to create engaging stories for the purposes of selling and marketing. Key here will be the relationship of valorization to the disruption of the sign and signifier as conducive to fake news. In the latter, its connection to embodiment, performativity and sculpting the material brain will be emphasized, by exploring the notion of the plastic social brain. To quote Victoria Pitts-Taylor: “Although it is not framed as such in scientific accounts, the plastic, social brain also reveals neurobiology to be political – that is, capable of change and transformation, and open to social structures and their contestation.

 

The symposium will include presentations, readings, debates and performances from a heterogeneous array of specialists from the fields of culture, philosophy, neuroscience, critical theory and media to produce a unique perspective with which to address the crisis of truth in current features.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

JUNE 20, 2019 | 3pm – 8 pm | Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Ca’ Dolfin – Ca’ Foscari University

Greetings from prof. Flavio Gregori, Provost – Cultural Activities and Relations of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Introduction by Antonia Alampi, Curator

15:30: Screening Isaac Julien. Western Union Small Boats. 18 min

16:00: Valentina Pisanty + Q&A

17:00: Erminia dell’Oro + Q&A

18:00: Federico Campagna + Q&A

19:00: Corrado Sinigaglia + Q&A

Closing remarks by Antonia Alampi and Warren Neidich

 

JUNE 21, 2019 | 3pm – 8pm | Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Ca’ Dolfin – Ca’ Foscari University

Opening remarks by Warren Neidich and talk on Activist Neuroaesthetics + Q&A

16:00: Chiara Figone + Q&A

17:00: Chiara Cappelletto + Q&A

18:00: Jessika Khazrik + Q&A

19:00: Tiziana Terranova + Q&A

Closing remarks by Antonia Alampi and Warren Neidich

 

JUNE 22, 2019 | 7pm – 9pm | Zuecca Project Space

19: 00: Performance Scoring the tweets by Warren Neidich

19:30: Performance by Gabriella Gheramndi

20:30: Performance Scoring the tweets by Warren Neidich

 

 

First picture: Warren Neidich – Rumor to Delusion install shot, Zuecca Project Space, Venice 2019. Photography by Karolina Sobel. Courtesy of Zuecca Projects

 

DETAILS

On Facts and Fiction: Analyzing Propaganda and Fake News in the 21st century

June 20 and 21, from 3pm to 8pm at Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Ca’ Dolfin – Ca’ Foscari University, Dorsoduro 3825/e, Venice (map)
June 22, from 7pm to 9pm at Zuecca Project Space, Giudecca 33, Venice

Free entry

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