Chat Room is an invitation and application-based, 3-month long, 12 class course that focuses on one topic a week relevant to contemporary art and/or media theory through readings and discussion. The course is limited to 25 conversational participants, though there is plenty of room for people to audit as well.
Chat Room takes place IRL in NYC. Every class will feature a guest participant related to that class’s topic of the week and in many cases the required reading of that week will be written by the guest. Chat Room will be a chance to host and refine a conversation in physical space that is already occurring, albeit through passive viewership and ‘Likes’ on Facebook.
Classes will last two hours with a 10 minute break halfway between. Conversations will be lightly moderated to insure no one person or issue monopolizes discussion. Every invitee will be asked to contribute one work (an art project, image series, essay, etc.) in response to a topic discussed in class that will be included in a journal by and about the course at the end of the semester. The journal will feature essays, quotes, reproduced readings, and contributions from invitees.
The 25 participants pay $100, with $5 refunded at the end of the semester for every class attended. This means participants who fully attend the course will pay a total of $40 for the three month course. Auditors pay $120 to attend, totaling $10.00 per class. Money accrued goes towards the weekly guests and the end of semester journal produced.
This is the tentative class schedule. While most people below have confirmed for the dates listed it's likely some will reschedule or be unable to make it. Signing up for the course because there's a single person on this list you want to talk to is a bad idea. Please be flexible and I'll do my best to insure we have a quality guest and reading every week!
Jan 27: Rob Horning on his essay Hi Haters!
February 3: Lev Manovich: Image Processing, Image Now, Media After Software
February 10: David Joselit
February 17: Daniel Quiles
February 14: Kenneth Goldsmith
March 3: Mckenzie Wark
March 11 (Monday class): Hito Steyerl
March 17: Break
March 24: Andrea Fraser
March 31: TBA
April 7: John Kelsey
April 14: Boris Groys
April 21: Seth Price
is an artist, writer, and instructor living in New York. His art has been featured in galleries and museums. His writing has been featured in magazines and books. He has taught and lectured at many prestigious institutions. E-mail or friend request him, he'd be happy to talk to you.
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