January 18, 2013
With his artist collective Assocreation, Roland Graf will participate in Detroit’s 2013 North American International Anti-Auto Show, which takes place at The Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit (CAID).
Curated by Spread Art, the 2013 Anti Auto show visual art exhibition showcases works in a variety of mediums that probe beneath the glitz and glamour of Detroit’s annual Auto Show to examine the many facets of car culture, while exploring and showcasing alternative modes of transportation for a society addicted to an ever increasingly depleted energy source: oil. The exhibition will feature the work of local and international artists, inventors, innovators, architects, designers, and others.
The exhibition runs from January 18 - 27, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, January 18, 9 - 11 pm.
5141 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit, MI 48208
January 19, 2013
At 3:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 19, Stamps School Associate Professor Irina Aristarkhova will give a book signing and reading of her new book Hospitality of the Matrix at Nicola’s Books in the Westgate shopping plaza.
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture
The question “Where do we come from?” has fascinated philosophers, scientists, and artists for generations. This book reorients the question of the matrix as a place where everything comes from (chora, womb, incubator) by recasting it in terms of acts of “matrixial/maternal hospitality” producing space and matter of and for the other. Irina Aristarkhova theorizes such hospitality with the potential to go beyond tolerance in understanding self/other relations. Building on and critically evaluating a wide range of historical and contemporary scholarship, she applies this theoretical framework to the science, technology, and art of ectogenesis (artificial womb, neonatal incubators, and other types of generation outside of the maternal body) and proves the question “Can the machine nurse?” is critical when approaching and understanding the functional capacities and failures of incubating technologies, such as artificial placenta. Aristarkhova concludes with the science and art of male pregnancy, positioning the condition as a question of the hospitable man and newly defined fatherhood and its challenge to the conception of masculinity as unable to welcome the other.