In conjunction with the 2018-2019 Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Dialogue on the subject of “security,” Block Cinema welcomes acclaimed video artist Tony Cokes for a screening and discussion. Since the late 1980s, Cokes’s work has addressed questions of security by questioning state-imposed forms of visibility, with a particular emphasis on marginalized communities and media technologies in the post-9/11 “War on Terror.” Drawing on his groundbreaking Evil series (2004-ongoing), this screening explores the frictions between pop music and critical theory, political outrage and post-conceptual cool, oppressive regimes of visuality and the subversive subcultures of electronic music.
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
THE HUMANITIES DIALOGUE 2018-2019
FOOD, HEALTH, SURVEILLANCE, VIOLENCE, GENOCIDE, RACE, TERRITORY, GLOBALISM, ETHICS
Security: The 2018-2019 Humanities Dialogue
In partnership with departments and programs across Northwestern, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities will hold a year-long series of conversations around the theme of SECURITY.
In what framework is security an ethical goal?
When does the drive to achieve security create inequalities, insecurities, and violence?
What forms of security are sought in times of uncertainty?
Distinguished scholars and artists will consider struggles over security from many eras and regions to create a sustained dialogue that demonstrates a variety of approaches in the arts and humanities. Kaplan will convene three large-scale keynotes, and we will also partner with units for visiting speakers and artists who will deepen this conversation by providing different disciplinary perspectives.