Curatorial duo Rivet (Sarah Demeuse and Manuela Moscoso) considers resonance, a notion they take from philosopher Levi Bryant’s The Democracy of Objects, as a guiding term to reconsider perspectives on, and interactions in, the world. Informed by their current exhibitions, Resonance at the Goethe-Institut New York and Resonance and Repetition on view at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, as well as by ongoing discussions with collaborators and artists, their talk highlights artistic projects and so touches upon current models of representation, resistance, and withdrawal.

In particular, they aim to consider and provisionally answer the following questions in this presentation: Why or whence the current increasing interest in the arts in thingness or human and non-human entanglements? Where do marks of distinctions between subjects and objects become unstable? What can we glean from this instability and resonance? In what kind of regimes of attraction can the art object participate, and what may it do differently from other objects?

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Rivet was founded in 2010 by Sarah Demeuse and Manuela Moscoso. As a curatorial office, Rivet integrates exhibition-making with publications, workshops, as well as process-oriented conversations. Its projects purposefully have distinct temporalities and visibility, ranging from short events to research exhibitions or reading groups and writing. Taking long-term collaborations with artists as primary concern, Rivet works with artists over an extended period of time, fostering in-depth research and collaborative relations. Demeuse also translates and edits, and is currently part of the 9th Mercosur Biennial Porto Alegre curatorial team. Moscoso is co-director of Capacete, an international residency and research program located in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil.

Organized and presented by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in conjunction with the center’s curatorial focus theme Thingness, and the New School class Art & the Political.

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