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Lectures are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM at the offices of Naught Company located at 2249 W. Warren Blvd.  Space is limited so please RSVP HERE.


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September 23rd, 2015 – The Allowance of Art

In this lecture I will explore what an artist is “allowed” to do as distinct from what other professions might be allowed to do.  I will explore the subversive role that many artists have chosen to take on and the degree of danger an artist can tolerate.  I will explore the ways in which artists find support from a broader monetary or capital system as well as alternative support system.  In the end, I will discuss how this allowance shapes the broader world in which the artist and others live.

October 21st, 2015 – Critique or Solution

In this lecture I will explore whether the work of art enacts a critique or renders a solution.  I will explore what might be possible should support come to exist.  I will suggest that money only be the medium if it remains abstract as a force capable of creating material manifestations that are directed by the force of art via an argument in text, photography, script, or structural material intervention.


July 15th, 2015 – Money and Artists

In this lecture I will explore how artists approach and could approach money.  In particular, I will explore how the wealth of the context in which an artist works defines the art that is produced.  I will explore how artists can actively choose an impoverished neighborhood in order to effect broader change.  I will argue that this should occur upfront and that it will free up room for a sensual value to enter by removing the speculation by locating the core of the value as a fixed local experiential entity.

May 27th, 2015 – The Crisis of Representation

This lecture will explore whether or not we should we solve the crisis of representation?  I will suggest that we should not resolve the crisis in the sense that the crisis is only such within one largely invalidated paradigm.  At the same time, I will explore that we should resolve the crisis in that we should accomplish what representation once did so that society can perform.  This will require actively reinventing the connection between the base and the superstructure and between modes of value expressed in a variety of materials.

April 29th, 2015 – The Continuous Medium

In this lecture I will explore the merits of seeing media in which the “art” occurs in a continuum rather than antagonizing each other.  In particular, I will explore how different media can work in coordination around a practical goal of revitalizing a neighborhood.

March 25th, 2015 – A Gateway to the Sublime

This lecture will explore moment when artists are given ever grander situations in the world in which to create their work.  I will explore how these moments unite communities and catalyze an increasingly large swath of land that will lead to broader redevelopment.

February 18th, 2015 – Extreme Attraction

This lecture will explore the merits of a capacity to attract residents from a wide range of locales via the opportunity to live within a unique urban experiment that could be transformative to East Garfield Park and set the standard for development broadly.

January 28th, 2015 ­– Building Between Local and Global

This lecture will explore the unprecedented nature of building through a newly forged alliance between the local and the global.  In doing so, I will position Naught as the vehicle that translates between the two.

December 10th, 2014 –  Two Worlds

This lecture will explore the immense divide separating the rich and poor in the United States as well as the divide between the United States and the rest of the world.  I will pay particular attention to how  habitat and culture exists on opposite poles: one with a great abundance of money and opportunity where the surplus is burned off and the other with limited or no access to money.  I will end by asking what might happen if we invested in making them adjacent for a prolonged period of time and with intense focus.

October 15th, 2014  ­– Restoring the Urban Commons

This lecture will explore how the urban commons might be restored through entertainment and entrainment.  In particular, I will explore the role that hospitality and local ownership can play.  Doing so will require carefully constructing a code of conduct.

September 17th, 2014 – Art, Urban Redevelopment, and Capital

This lecture will explore the ultimate goal of urban redevelopment organized around socially engaged art practices as it relates to the structure, distribution, and use of capital.  I explore how art should not aim to end the current configuration of capital, but instead create a bridge to an alternative manner of investment in land and real estate that has concrete benefits and ultimately provides monetary returns.