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Useless Uses: An International Conference on Use and Uselessness in Contemporary Art

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Time: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Price: free

Useless Uses: An International Conference on Use and Uselessness in Contemporary Art

This conference forms an extension of the graduate teaching and research platform ‘Philosophy in the Context of Art', associated with the International Visiting Chair established at the Royal Institute of Art (RIA) in 2015 as part of its new collaboration with the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London.

The platform aims to provide a philosophical research climate within the practices of visual art and explores contemporary philosophical approaches to art and culture. The conference ‘Useless Uses' will consider the concept of use in its philosophical, economic and artistic meanings and functions within a history that runs from Soviet Constructivism and Productivism, via Situationism, to the art Network Activism of today. Drawing on international contributors from philosophy, politics, political economy, art history and the art world, the conference will ask: Where does art stand in relation to these discourses today?

Eric Alliez (CRMEP, Kingston University London/Paris 8)
Etienne Balibar (CRMEP, Kingston University London/Columbia University, NY)
Christina Kiaer (Northwestern University, Chicago)
Melanie Gilligan (artist, RIA Stockholm)
Mara Lee (writer, Stockholm)
Peter Osborne (CRMEP, Kingston University London)
Hito Steyerl (artist, Berlin)
McKenzie Wark (New School, New York)
Goldin+Senneby (artists, Stockholm) with Théo Bourgeron (sociologist of finance)

Please send advance registrations to the RIA Research Coordinator: Åsa Andersson,

Please click here to view the programme.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Eric-John Russell