Sarah Demeuse: Thoughts on Thought, Organized

May 16, 2013 / 7:00pm

FREE and open to all

Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Curator Lecture

It's a truism that art is information.
It's general information that art produces knowledge.
And it's common knowledge that art is an idea.
But what about thought? Can art think? And what is the relation between thinking and practice?
For her talk, Sarah Demeuse takes Alfred North Whitehead's 1916 essay "The Organization of Thought" as catalyst. In it, Whitehead focused on feelings and material experience to consider thought in humans and other entities. Demeuse will use his suggestions, including notions relating to “process" and "connections," to inform her close reading of a handful of concrete examples taken from current artistic practice. 
In 2010, Demeuse co-founded the curatorial office Rivet with Manuela Moscoso. This topic relates to Rivet’s longstanding interest in redefining subject-object relations. Demeuse’s talk tests out ideas that will grow further in an upcoming book about art and thought curated by Rivet. The publication will feature contributions by artists Falke Pisano and Ajay Kurian, and critics Jonas Zakaitis, Larissa Harris, and Janine Armin.
Sarah Demeuse reads, writes, translates, and makes exhibitions. She holds an MA from Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, she co-founded Rivet with Manuela Moscoso, a curatorial office that combines exhibition-making with publications, events, and long-term collaborations with artists. Recent Rivet exhibitions include Resonance, Goethe-Institut, New York; Resonance and Repetition, The Elizabeth Fundation for the Arts, New York; and Esta puerta pide clavo, Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent.