Book Launch and Conversation | Citizens of the Cosmos with Anton Vidokle, Elizabeth Povinelli, and Liam Gillick

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Swiss Institute

From the Swiss Institute:

Please join us for the launch of Citizens of the Cosmos, a publication that examines the artist Anton Vidokle’s films and the Cosmist philosophy underpinning them. It features essays and conversations with Vidokle by seminal contemporary theorists, curators, and artists: Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Keti Chukhrov, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Daniel Muzyczuk, Miguel Amado and Georgia Perkins, Elizabeth Povinelli, and Raqs Media Collective. This is the first book to survey Vidokle’s Cosmism-related filmic output, begun in 2014, and includes full scripts from the films.

The book’s contributors speculate on Vidokle’s Cosmist conceptions of technological immortality, material resurrection, radical museology, ancestral cults and space travel, grappling with how these ideas embroil or crystallize contemporary theories, artistic and technological imaginaries: atmospheric manipulation, cryonics, biopolitics, extraplanetary prospecting, geo-engineering, genetics.

On the occasion of the launch, Vidokle will screen one of his films, Autotrofia (2020), and will be joined afterwards in conversation with Elizabeth Povinelli and Liam Gillick.

Citizens of the Cosmos
Edited by Miguel Amado
Associate edited by Ben Eastham and Hallie Ayres
Design by Atelier d’Alves
2024, English
Published by Sternberg Press and Sirius Arts Centre

Please RSVP to rsvp@swissinstitute.net.

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