A group of New York–based Left Accelerationists affiliated with The New Centre have published their polemics in a hyperstitionally-titled #AltWoke Manifesto (February 2017). In their own words, the text is, “the work of ANON. We are a collective of ‘Other.’ Some of us are sex workers, some immigrants, many of us queer. There are even a few privileged white cucks amongst us. Never the less, ANON is largely the work and brainchild of people of color (PoC). Our social disciplines are as varied as our identities: from journalists to dominatrixes. ANON are the intellectual cousins of #BlackLivesMatter divorced from liberalism.”
Three leading protagonists of ANON: Alexandra Mason, Joseph Giacona (personally) and Karim Samuels (via Skype) came to the Class of Interpretation to analyze and interpret their #AltWoke Manifesto and drew some new perspectives from it.
Class of Interpretation (COI) is a joint educational project between Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (TBA21), and the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (AVU). The program offers ten semesters (2018–2023) of rigorous academic sessions including both open public lectures and semi-public seminars. A core group of twenty-five students have been selected for these semi-public seminars, but COI has the capacity to extend an invitation to twenty-five more guests from the general public. It proposes to form an enclave of embodied learning, which will further a deep exploration of some crucial themes of contemporary art, including ecology, philosophy, and politics with international and local experts.
COI is curated by Boris Ondreička (TBA21) and Václav Janoščík (AVU).
Find our more about the project at www.tba21.org/coi