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Friday March 15 | Session 15:05 - 16:05 (20 min)
De Brakke Grond | Steegzaal

My performance research is based on the non-standard thought initiated by François Laruelle. The specific task in this presentation is to inquire how the socalled primitive accumulation, which has been the necessary apparatus for all capitalist hegemonies to integrate state and finance in order to evolve and reproduce itself (and which has been used throughout the seven hundred years of capitalist systems since the Italian City-States, Genoese financers, the Dutch world economy, the British empire and the US world hegemony), and how in the present moment where material labour and immaterial knowledge production are often conflated, it touches upon the performance art as performative knowledge production? Where lies the expropriation of the ‘force-(of)-thought’ in artistic practices and performances? The production, institutional standards and expropriation create a war machine, that requires institutions and finance to ‘pull the roots’ of the nonstandard thought. Éric Alliez and Maurizio Lazzarato (2018), among others, argue how all the capacities of a human, non-human, material and immaterial production are being expropriated for capital accumulation in the present context. In my proposition, the focus is on the explication of the potentials of the nonstandard and performative thought. At the era of cognitive labour, it is the force(of)-thought — a concept by Laruelle — that is the subject of this hoarding through primitive accumulation. Our ‘performative’ and cognitive capacities are being expropriated in the process, which is being turned into ‘standard’ knowledge production. It is the accumulation of capital by dispossession of the force-(of)thought. How to resist the expropriation of the lived body and performative subject?
Tero Nauha is an artist, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Academy of Finland funded postdoctoral research project ‘How to Do Things with Performance?’. He is the Professor in Performance Art and Theory at The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2017. He defended his doctoral research at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki in January 2016. In 2015, he published his first fiction novel Heresy & Provocation. He has presented his performances and projects internationally since 1995.
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