Reinventing Horizons

What can we do within the confines of the present?
What are the discursive possibilities and conditions of accelerationism?
What are the investments and aspirations for such a language and for such an endeavor?

Conceptualized by Zbyněk Baladrán, Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling and Václav Janoščík, the conference brings together theorists, artists and organizers who collaborate and elaborate on their visions in order to discover junctures of overlap for thinking about the emancipatory potentials of the future. The fundamental question underwriting this symposium becomes “what does vision involve?” What lenses are necessary for generating trajectories that unbind us from the fixity of the present and propel us towards new episto-political vectors?

01 Nick Srnicek - Postcapitalist Futures

Nick Srnicek is the co-author of “#ACCELERATE Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics” (2013) as well as  Inventing the Future (Verso, 2015 with Alex Williams) and the editor of The Speculative Turn (, 2011 with Levi Bryant and Graham Harman). He is currently working on projects related to infrastructures, hegemony, and central bank macroeconomic modelling.

02 Mohammad Salemy - An introduction to the cybernetic science non-fiction of contemporary geopolitics

Mohammad Salemy is an independent New York-based artist, critic, and curator. His writings have been published in e-flux, Flash Art, Third Rail, and Brooklyn Rail. He has curated exhibitions at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Access Gallery, and Satellite Gallery in Vancouver. In 2014, he organized the Incredible Machines conference. Salemy holds an MA in critical curatorial studies from the University of British Columbia and is one of the organizers of The New Centre for Research and Practice.

03 Victoria Ivanova - Novelty Intermediation: a View from the Art Field

Victoria Ivanova is a curator. She is currently Assistant Curator for Public Programmes at Tate, London. Having previously worked in the human rights field, in 2010 she co-founded a multidisciplinary cultural platform in Donetsk, Ukraine, which critically explored the intersection between activism, education and artistic production. Ivanova is also one of the founding members of Real Flow. Her practice is largely informed by systems analysis and her interest in infrastructures as mechanisms for shaping and (re)producing socio-economic and political realities.
Ivanova’s recent publications include Turborealism: Neither Bow nor Arrow (co-edited with Agnieszka Pindera) and ‘Art’s Values: A Détente, a Grand Plié’ in Parse 2: The Value of Contemporary Art. Ivanova holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds, MSc in Human Rights from London School of Economics, and MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College.

04 Martin Brabec, Marek Hrubec - Universal Basic Income

Marek Hrubec holds a PhD in philosophy from Charles University. He has studied in Germany and the USA, as well as taking part in a year-long scholarship program at Oxford University, UK. In his research he especially focuses on social and political philosophy. He deals with issues of social and political justice, various kinds of recognition, legitimacy, participation, and democracy. In his theories he is working on formulating a conception of extraterritorial and intercultural recognition. He teaches political philosophy at the Department of Political Science at Charles University in Prague.
Martin Brabec, PhD. is a political and social philosopher. He is a research fellow at the Center of Global Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences as well as being a lecturer at the Technical University of Liberec, where he teaches Contemporary Political Philosophy, the History of Political Thought, and Introduction to Political Science. In his research he focuses on several interrelated themes: the origin of capitalism and its unique features; the distinction between two traditions of democracy (the ancient concept of democracy, and our contemporary tradition of democracy, originating in European feudalism and culminating in liberal capitalism); and Universal Basic Income as a tool which would extend real freedom, and improve the contemporary political situation.

05 Ana Teixeira Pinto - Alternative proposals for network-based economic systems

Ana Teixeira Pinto is a lecturer at UdK (Universität der Kunste) Berlin and her writings have appeared in publications such as e-flux journal, Art agenda, Mousse, Frieze/de, Domus, Inaethetics, Manifesta Journal, or Texte zur Kunst. She is the editor of The Reluctant Narrator, published by Sternberg Press (2014) and more recently contributed to Alleys of Your Mind: Augmented Intelligence and its Traumas, edited by Matteo Pasquinelli and published by Meson Press (2015)

06 Jason Adams - Childhood’s End: Ten Theses on Speed, Strategy and Planetarity

Jason Adams is a cultural and political theorist. He is a Co-Organizer of The New Centre for Research and Practice and a Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design. He is the author of Occupy Time: Technoculture, Immediacy, and Resistance After Occupy Wall Street (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and has published in Critical Inquiry, In These Times, Radical Philosophy, and Truthout, amongst other venues.

07 Patricia Reed - For a Nontrivial Art

Patricia Reed is an artist and writer. Exhibitions have included those at South Kiosk (UK); Home Works 7 (LB); Witte de With (NL); Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DE); Württembergische Kunstverein (DE); Audain Gallery (CA); and 0047 (NO), amongst others. As a writer she has contributed to several books and periodicals including: Dea Ex Machina; Mould Magazine; #ACCELERATE – The Accelerationist Reader; The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Vol. II; Intangible Economies; Cognitive Architecture; and Fillip Journal. Lectures have included those at Goldsmith’s (UK); Ashkal Alwan (LB); Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (FR); Maerz Musik (DE); Aleppo (BE); Gertrude Contemporary (AU); The Institute of Modern Art (AU), and numerous others. She sits on the board/teaches at the New Centre for Research & Practice; and is part of the Laboria Cuboniks and the Office for Applied Complexity (OfAC) working groups.

08 Katerina Kolozova - The Inhuman and Automation: The Exploited and Exploitation in the Era of Late Capitalism

Katerina Kolozova, PhD. is a professor of gender studies at the University American College Skopje and the director of the Institute in Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje. She is also a visiting professor at several universities in Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria where she teaches continental philosophy and gender studies. In 2009, Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric (Program of Critical Theory) at the University of California Berkeley.  She is the author of “The Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy,” NY: Columbia University.

09 Antonia Majaca - Conjuring the pre- against the post-. Social Myth vs. Divine Violence

Antonia Majaca is a researcher and curator and the Visiting Professor at the IZK Institute for Contemporary Art at the Graz University of Technology, where her work focuses on the art-based transdisciplinary investigation and the epistemology of art in the age of algorithmic governmentality. Her three-year research and publishing project ‘The Incomputable’, funded by FWF – Austrian Science Fund, is currently being developed through an international platform involving Graz University of Technology, Goldsmiths University of London and the Department of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Naples. She recently curated ‘Knowledge Forms and Forming Knowledge – Limits and Horizons of Transdisciplinary Art-Based Research’ (with Patricia Reed and Mohammad Salemy) at the Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz and ‘Memorial For(u)ms – Histories of Possibility’ for DAAD and HAU, Berlin.

10 Armen Avanessian - Respondant

Armen Avanessian studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris. After completing his dissertation in literature, he worked at the Free University Berlin from 2007-2014 . He has previously been a Visiting Fellow in the German Department at Columbia University and in the German Department at Yale University and visiting professor at various art academies in Europe and the US. He is editor in chief at Merve Verlag Berlin. In 2012 he founded a bilingual research platform on Speculative Poetics, including a series of events, translations and publications ( ).His monographies include Irony and the Logic of Modermity (DeGruyter, 2015), Speculative Drawing (together with Andreas Töpfer, Berlin: SternbergPress, 2014), Present Tense. A Poetics (together with Anke Hennig, Bloomsbury 2015), Metanoia. Ontologie der Sprache (together with Anke Hennig, Berlin: Merve, 2014) and Überschreiben. Ethik des Wissens – Poetik der Existenz (Berlin: Merve 2015).