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Where Theory Belongs: Federico Campagna

28 Jan 2015

Where Theory Belongs is a series of ten lectures programmed and chaired by Dr. Stephen Wilson as part of CCW’s General Theory Forum, which places the excitement of theory back into the hands of the speaker and the audience. In an increasingly resistant culture of auto‐regulated art-speak, art theory is in a constant need for reflective governance. This series will offer a platform that brings together: art theorists, anthropologists, sociologists, humanists, queer theorists, artists and political economists… theory will be addressed by those voices that write and speak it thereby suggesting Where Theory Belongs.

In this session, Federico Campagna will be in conversation with Dave Beech on topics related to his latest book, The Last Night: anti-work, atheism, adventure published by Zero Books in 2013.

Federico Campagna was born in Sondrio (Italian Alps) in 1984. He spent more than twenty years in Milan, where he worked as a political and literary activist, co-founding the street-poetry collective Eveline. In 2007 he moved to London, where he started working at the Max Wigram contemporary art gallery. In 2009 he started a long-term collaboration with the Italian Autonomia philosopher Franco'Bifo' Berardi. After three years with the publishing workers' cooperative Zed Books, in 2011 he has joined the radical publisher Verso Books, where he currently works as rights manager. He collaborates on the magazines Loop and Alfabeta2 and on the radio show Novara on Resonance FM. In 2012 he co-edited the volume What We Are Fighting For, Pluto Press.

Dave Beech is an artist in the collective Freee (with Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan), a writer and curator. He has written widely on the politics of art, including The Philistine Controversy (Verso, 2002, co-authored with John Roberts) and editing a special edition of Third Text (Art, Politics, Resistance?, Vol 16, Issue 4, No 6 ISSN 0952-8822), as well as the legacy of the Avant-Garde and Conceptualism, most recently in Art and Text (Blackdog Books, 2011). He has contributed to debates on participation and art’s publics, in books such as In Search of Art’s New Publics and The Pedagogical Turn, as well as being a founding editor of the journal Art and the Public Sphere (Intellect Publishing, from 2011).

In partnership with Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School, University of the Arts London

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