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Sociology Seminar Series: The Politics and Poetics of Suspension

Sociology seminar series Shiv nadar university
Event Date: 
Thursday, March 25, 2021 -

The Department of Sociology invites you to a virtual talk titled 'The Politics and Poetics of Suspension' by Dr. Isaac Marrero-Guillamoìn, Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Part of the Sociology Seminar Series, the talk will be held on March 25, 2021.

Abstract of the Talk
Can an unbuilt project nonetheless exist? In this talk I will argue yes. Artist Eduardo Chillida's Monument to Tolerance (Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain) was approved for construction in 1995 - since then, it has neither been built not abandoned. Rather, it remains suspended. Following Akhil Gupta's (2015) argument that suspension is a mode of being in and of itself, I proceed to unpack Chillida's Monument actual existence as an unrealized project actualized through anticipatory practices such as exhibitions and economic projections. Drawing from Brian Larkin's well-known article on infrastructure (2013) - which inspires the title for this talk - I am interested in bringing together political and aesthetic considerations in the study of suspension. In this case, I combine a focus on the temporal multiplicity of the suspended project (between the 'yet to come' and the 'could have been') with an attention to its redistributed materiality in the form of drawings, models and simulations. The presentation is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Fuerteventura and several other locations in Spain in 2016-17.

About the Speaker
Isaac Marrero-Guillamoìn is a Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he convenes the MA in Visual Anthropology. His work explores the entanglements between politics and aesthetics, often in the context of conflicts and controversies. His publications include the co-edited volumes Reassembling ActivismActivating Assemblages (2019) and The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State (2012).

Thursday 25, Mar 2021
06:45 PM - 07:45 PM