Aria Dean: “Notes toward a Blaccelerationism”

Friday, September 8, 2017 5:00pm to 7:00pm

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA
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The Cooley Gallery is honored to host home school as they live-stream a talk by Aria Dean—part of their 2017 curriculum in conjunction with the Cooley Gallery exhibition (self), on view from August 29 through October 1, 2017. (self) is part of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2017 Time-Based Art Festival and is curated by Stephanie Snyder ’91 and Samiya Bashir. Join us for the opening, September 13, 3–7 pm, at the Cooley Gallery.

From Aria Dean: First of all, these are notes toward a blaccelerationism. This is not a Theory of Blaccelerationism. It is not a Black Accelerationism, that is: a ‘black perspective on accelerationism,’ nor is it an accelerationist theory of blackness. Nor is it a critique of accelerationism from the position of blackness or black studies. This is an experiment with the claim that accelerationism has always already existed in the territory of blackness whether it knows it or not. It speaks what has already been spoken, and—however non-consensually—breeds thoughts together to illuminate what already is and has always been possible. And, of course, we enter knowing that if you lie down with dogs you might rise with fleas.

Aria Dean is an artist, writer, and curator based in Los Angeles, CA. She currently holds the position of Assistant Curator of Net Art & Digital Culture at Rhizome. Her writing has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, The New Inquiry, Real Life Magazine, Topical Cream Magazine, Mousse Magazine, CURA Magazine, and X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. She has exhibited at Arcadia Missa (London), Knockdown Center (NY), and Chateau Shatto (LA), among other venues. Dean has spoken at the New Museum, UCLA, The New School, and Machine Project. She also co-directs Los Angeles project space As It Stands LA.

home school is a free pop-up art school in Portland, OR run by Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu ’14. They provide welcoming contexts for critical engagement with contemporary art and its issues with a curriculum featuring artist talks, exhibitions, monthly classes, poetry readings, and more. Their pedagogy honors the casual rigor of the etymology of “school,” from the Greek ‘shkole,’ meaning “spare time, leisure, idleness, rest.”

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