Outside Academy supports DAI-students wishing to attend a close reading by Brian Holmes of Stephen Wright's "Toward a Lexicon of Usership" - at the Van Abbemuseum, Saturday March 15

24.02.14 | tag: Eindhoven

 14.30-17.00 in the auditorium

'...since we can neither think nor even name art without appropriate terms, retooling our conceptual vocabulary has become a crucial task, one that can only be undertaken by fostering terminological cross-pollination with other avenues of human activity.'
Stephen Wright, Toward a Lexicon of Usership, 2013

As part of the Museum of Arte Útil, the Van Abbemuseum commissioned writer and theorist Stephen Wright to compile a lexicon of terms as a means to address the lexical crisis in contemporary culture. Toward a Lexicon of Usership serves as a toolkit for naming a new form of both artistic and political subjectivity - that of usership. Divided into words that Wright feels 'should be retired' such as expert culture, ownership and the di-interested spectator alongside 'emergent concepts' like 1:1 scale, loopholes and museum 3.0, Wright introduces 'modes of usership' that are becoming ever more prevalent and pertinent today: hacking, gaming and the final term of the lexicon - usership, to name just three.

On Saturday 15 March at the Van Abbemuseum critic and theorist Brian Holmes will offer a close reading of Wright's terms in the context of the Museum of Arte Útil and, more broadly, how art and its institutions can be used today. Holmes and Wright will then consider the merits and implications of producing a lexicon. Is the slipperiness and ill-fitting nature of words today a situation that is best enjoyed without trying to correct it? Or even if lexical repurposing is worthwhile, is usership the right name for all those different subjectivities at work and at play? How about some other words? Here, the afternoon will be opened up to users to offer their own terms, to banish out-moded words or repurpose a vocabulary in a way that we increasingly need – but don't have – at our disposal.

Part of the Museum of Arte Útil: The afternoon is free for DAI - students. DAI will provide those students wishing to attend, who are not based in the Netherlands with an extra overnight stay at the stayokay in Arnhem on Friday -evening April 14.

Download the lexicon 

More information on: http://museumarteutil.net/

Outside Academy

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