Introducing some of the ambitions that will be developed in his exhibition next year at Project, Jeremiah Day will explore the subtext of one of his recent works and elaborate on art’s possible place in what Hannah Arendt called “the web of human relations”.
“…the epoch no longer simply demands a vague response to the question ‘What is to be done?’ … It is now a question, if one wants to remain in the present, of responding to this question almost every week: ‘What is happening?'”
– Guy Debord, letter to Eduardo Rothe, 1974
Introducing some of the ambitions that will be developed in his exhibition next year at Project, Jeremiah Day will explore the subtext of one of his recent works and elaborate on art’s possible place in what Hannah Arendt called “the web of human relations”. Drawing in particular on Arendt’s work, and taking the form of a series of observations and speculations, Day’s talk will form the basis for a hopefully lively discussion. Texts and online resources will be made available in advance.
The following texts and film will be used by Jeremiah Day for his talk, you can collect copies of these texts at Project before the talk and view the film on the youtube link below.
Two texts by Hannah Arendt:
Men in Dark Times, Preface, (pages vii-x in the standard Harcourt-Brace paperback)
Human Condition, end of section 24, section 25, (pages 180-188 in the University of Chicago edition)
“The Murder of Fred Hampton”, Directed by Michael Grey
In addition, later in the evening Project will host an informal “gathering on the grounds of art” (a term coined by Art/Not Art as part of the Caucus) – a continuation of the ongoing legacy of the 2005 Cork Caucus, a large-scale program that sought to foster the relation between art and democracy. Caucus participants, as well as those just curious, are invited to Project to reflect upon the ripples still spreading from Caucus, as well as continue the ongoing debate about art’s claims to political viability.
Jeremiah Day (1974, USA) was a participant of the Cork Caucus, and since 2005 has returned to Cork to develop some of the ambitions of the Caucus with further collaborations with the National Sculpture Factory and Trevor Joyce’s SoundEye Festival. His forthcoming exhibition at Project in March 2008 will be in collaboration with Simone Forti.