Lectures by Mark Fisher and Tyler Coburn 

The lectures will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Nina Möntmann, Professor of Art Theory and the History of Ideas, The Royal Institute of Art.

Time: December 12, at 16.00-18.30
Location: Kungl. Konsthögskolan/Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen. Muralen.  

Tyler Coburn, Charter Citizen (2014). 3-D rendering of Tianjin Eco-City, China

The idea of „future“ is in a crisis. When we try to imagine how we will or wish to live tomorrow, the main ideas that neo-liberalism provides us with are about protecting what we have, be it material wealth or existing power structures. But also political resistance is often fueled with backward oriented ideas about grassroots production and distribution modes. How come „progress“ became so unpopular? Does progress always have to imply the exploitation of human labor, natural resources and the environment? Mark Fisher and Tyler Coburn are exploring infrastructures, cultural production and new critical imaginaries of forward-looking concepts of future.

Tyler Coburn is an artist and writer based in New York. Coburn’s writing has appeared in frieze, e-flux journal, Mousse, BOMB, Art-Agenda and Rhizome. His performances, sound works and installations have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; CCA Glasgow; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; Archive Kabinett, Berlin; and others.  Coburn serves as part-time faculty at The New School, Pratt Institute, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and City College New York.

Mark Fisher is the author of Capitalist Realism (2009) and Ghosts Of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (2014). His writing has appeared in many publications, including The Wire, Frieze, The Guardian and New Humanist. He is a lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has also produced two acclaimed audio-essays in collaboration with Justin Barton:londonunderlondon (2005) and On Vanishing Land (2013).