Summer Symposium // Stimulus Packages: Politics, Pleasure, Aesthetics
Friday, Jun 17, 2016 - Saturday, Jun 18, 2016
800 Chestnut Street
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Stimulus Packages focuses on those modes of criticism, art, and life that oblige one to critically enjoy the world in ways that circumvent programs of conspicuous consumption and normative sexuality. It suggests that more repressed forms of criticality and artistic practice are doomed to fail those subjects whose pursuits of pleasure are inherently marginalized or legislated against. It also considers how critical hedonism might be particularly relevant in relation to the cultures of scarcity and austerity incurred by the recent global economic crisis—cultures which are presently compelling one to give-up on all sorts of frivolous social, aesthetic, and academic projects.

Stimulus Packages: Politics, Pleasure, Aesthetics

Friday, June 17, 6:30–8:30pm | Studio 18
Saturday, June 18, 1–8pm | Lecture Hall

Free to students and faculty // $20 general public


Friday, June 17

6:30–8:30pm: Screening of Hail the New Puritan; directed by Charles Atlas (1985-86); 84:47 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on video. (includes food and drink) 

Saturday, June 18

1–1:30pm: Introductions + Opening Remarks

1:30–3pm: Themed Panel: Party Politics


1:30–1:50: Kemi Adeyami, Lean In, or Whatever: Feeling Black Critical Apathy

1:50–2:10: Ryan Tacata, GAG: The Carry of BCALLA

2:10–2:30: Joshua Javier Guzmán, Latinidad and Form

2:30–3:00: Q & A (Moderator: Lydia Brawner)

3–3:30pm: Coffee and Sugar Break

3:30–5pm: Keynote: Arnold Kemp, Not Yet Seen: We Reveal a Hand That Has Yet to Reveal Us

5–8pm: Salon and Dinner; Featured Artist: Keith Hennessy



Arnold Kemp’s artworks are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Berkeley Art Museum. He is also a writer and has read on street corners, in living rooms in Oakland, and in bars and bookstores in San Francisco, Berkeley, and New York. His writing has appeared in Callaloo, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Agni Review, and many more publications. He is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, among other awards.

Exuberant and witty, Charles Atlas’ Hail the New Puritan is a simulated day-in-the-life "docufantasy" starring the British dance celebrity Michael Clark. Atlas' fictive portrait of the charismatic choreographer serves as a vivid invocation of the studied decadence of the 1980’s post-punk London subculture. Focusing on Clark's flamboyantly postured eroticism and the artifice of his provocative balletic performances, Atlas posits the dance as a physical manifestation of Clark's psychology.

Charles Atlas, Hail the New Puritan, 1985-86. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.