Post-Space Conference at the Elsewhere Collaborative
Virtual Para-Academic Conference on the Future of the Physical presented by the Hollow Earth Society, Kamomi Solidum, and Elsewhere
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
What is the future of the museum, the library, the university? All these spaces are changing rapidly thanks to the technologies of tele—of distance.
With Kamomi Solidum (The Public School New York, committee member), the Hollow Earth Society has organized a new interdisciplinary para-academic conference called Post-Space, to be kicked off on Obscura Day 2012 at Elsewhere, a living museum set inside a former thrift store in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Post-Space asks philosophers, writers, artists, museum professionals, archivists, sociologists, ecologists, and other academics and para-academics to consider what happens after the classical, modern, and postmodern concepts of “space” are exhausted—in art, in architecture, in our daily lives. In post-space, space becomes a temporary assemblage of tents—a caravanserai…
Format: Post-Space will consist of a dozen short video presentations, followed by a town hall discussion of the conference themes, featuring several participants (virtually) live, via Google Hangouts.
Event is free, but due to limited space we ask that you register below to ensure a seat.
- Jonathan Basile (The Public School New York, committee member)
- Andrew Beccone (Reanimation Library)
- Aaron Beebe (Coney Island USA)
- Carl Diehl (Metaphortean Research)
- Matt Freeman (Playwright)
- Thomas Gokey and Meg Backus (The Art School in the Art School)
- Amy Herzog (CUNY)
- Nicola Masciandaro and Eileen Joy (Punctum Books)
- Shannon Mattern (The New School)
- Salvador Olguín (Borderline Projects)
- Dylan Thuras (Atlas Obscura)
- Kamomi Solidum (The Public School New York, committee member)
- Stephanie Sherman and George Scheer (Elsewhere)
- Stephen Aubrey, Ethan Gould, Wythe Marschall (The Hollow Earth Society)
About the conference
Post-Space asks philosophers, writers, artists, museum professionals, archivists, digital sociologists, ecologists, and other academics and para-academics to consider what happens after the classical, modern, and postmodern concepts of “space” are exhausted—in art, in architecture, in our daily lives.
Space: We live in a world that is rapidly eliding the physical, or at least the heavily templated physical of the school, the site of wonder and religion, the cafe where friends meet, etc.
Destroying the noun, however, we have freed the verb. We can now “school” our computers and phones—with iTunes U, college courses online, and YouTube videos of DIY surgery. We can cafe-chat via our many cybernetic ears and mouths, at almost any time. (In New York, we will soon have cellular and wifi reception even in the hallowed physically connective space of the subway system.)
We must be open to the mutation of the concept of space, to its cybering: Space becomes both real and virtual, and above all transitory.
Post: It means neither strictly after nor beyond but para, side, enveloping. In post-space, space becomes a temporary, un-templated assemblage of tents—a caravanserai…
About the organizers
The Hollow Earth Society is a cabal of aesthetic scientists, writers, artists, and philosophers who create fake science in order to open up new discourses about real science. Recent works include the books Suspicious Anatomy and Suspicious Zoology, the maximalist previous Observatory shows RETROFUTUROLOGY andThe Pop-Up Museum, and many salons on the intersection of art, science, and bullshit, including the Para-Academia & Theory Fiction series with The Public School New York and Body As Funhouse Mirror with The Cornelia Café. http://hollowearthsociety.com/
Kamomi Solidum is a graphic designer who explores the ways in which we create and inhabit space. From the page to the screen to the city, she encounters each space as a collective work that can be read, written, and experienced. She is currently on the organizing committee for The Public School New York and works for the design department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://nyc.thepublicschool.org
Elsewhere is a living museum set inside a former thrift store. A three-story building housing one woman’s 58-year collection of thrift and surplus, Elsewhere has become a living installation curated by hundreds of contributors over a 9-year period. Today, Elsewhere is a space to investigate creative collaboration through its living museum, community events, international residency program, and educational initiatives. Elsewhere is a 501(c)3 non-profit. http://elsewhereelsewhere.org/