Keynote lecture: Sarat Maharaj

Friday, 10 May, 6 p.m.
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Lecture. Free entry
AUT University

Friday 10 May - 6pm to 7pm
AUT Lecture theatre, WG403, Level 4, Sir Paul Reeves Building, Corner Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy Place.
We are delighted to announce the keynote speaker for If you were to live here... is curator and art historian, Sarat Maharaj. Most recently chief curator of the Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2011, he has also co-curated the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial, 2010, and curated the 3rd Guangzhou Biennial, 2008.

Maharaj is Professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems at Lund University, Sweden and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, London. Maharaj has published several central texts concerning the post colonial condition of cultural difference and translation.

Know How & No How: thinking through ‘art as knowledge production ‘ in a time of ‘Creativity Cholera’
My talk tries to map elements of the global contemporary: what’s its conceptual shape? I look at the Global Assembly Line — everyday production from ‘dirty manufacture’ to modes of ‘nonstop innovation’ in the gray matter economy, the shift from the ‘culture industries’ to the today’s ‘creative industries’. In the ’creativity pandemic’ where almost all activities are increasingly revamped as ‘creative’ is anything actually so? ‘The current ‘economic slowdown and sense of stagnation’ in the ‘West’ tends to be seen in terms of ‘the Decline of the West’ /the Rise of the East’. How to think beyond this Eurocentric scenario? Perhaps through a tongue-in-cheek glance at the ‘Fall and Rise of the Asiatic Mode of Production’ expressed to the second power (AMP2)? How to take the sound of ‘here’? The raw ‘Global South ‘? Does the Global Assembly Line of Biennales offer a series of uneven, open-ended spaces of art practice against the wash of creativity fever?

Sarat Maharaj's visit to New Zealand is generously supported by Creative New Zealand's Te Manu Ka Tau programme.