Open seminar on the philosophical present of Spinoza

Every Thursday from May until the 4th of July at 7 pm, as part of Open Thursdays, Hangar hosts the Spinoza seminar… Open seminar on the philosophical news of Spinoza. The seminar is in charge of Laura Benítez.

This seminar proposes a meeting place where to share, think, problematize, hustle and bustle Spinoza’s contributions as well as his presence in contemporary proposals. In recent years Spinoza has been constantly quoted, especially within the framework of the so-called new critical materialism and post-humanism as well as from the artistic practices. But from where do we read Spinoza today? Do we read it? What power do we find in his philosophical proposal? Could it be that in a context of climate-anthropocentric debacle a philosophical approach that seems to place life at the centre is taken as an alternative in terms of affirmation?

The proposal consists in shaping a set of encounters in and through Spinoza’s reading, with a focus on the Ethics, that will be considered from a non-restrictive conception. Space for for other materials and for multiple crossings and intersections, with non-linear pathways.

For this reason, the seminar is understood as an open, passable, habitable, mutable and abandon-able space. The dynamics of the sessions will be configured according to the group, without conditioning it to an a prioris a previous type of structure.

Note: It is not necessary to know Spinoza’s work, nor to have a philosophical, official or extra-official training. The (non-academic) seminar is a multi-focal space, where to find ourselves in and through reading, sharing and approaching starting from the entanglements in which each participant finds themselves in.

Laura Benítez

Laura Benítez Valero holds a PhD in Philosophy, is a researcher and independent curator. Her research connects philosophy, art(s) and techno-science. Currently her work revolves around the practices of bioart, biohacking, bio-resistance processes, civil biodisobedience and non-human agents. She is a professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at La Massana ( Art and Design Centre) and an external professor of Technology at Elisava. She has worked as coordinator at the Institute of Humanities of Barcelona/CCCB. She has been a guest researcher at the Ars Electronica Centre and the MACBA documentation centre. She has also been invited to different international institutions such as Interface Cultures Kunstuniersität Linz, Sónar Festival (Bcn/Hong Kong), Royal Academy of Arts London or University of Puerto Rico. She currently collaborates in different research projects, both academic and regional, and is a regular contributor to Hangar.

If you are interested in being part of this group, you can attend any meeting or write to marta(at)hangar.org.

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