On May 1-2, 2010, the Department of Biological Flow was pleased to host Brian Holmes for our second workshop in Toronto.
Brian Holmes is an art critic, cultural theorist and activist most interested in the mapping of contemporary capitalism. He is the author of Unleashing the Collective Phantoms: Essays in Reverse Imagineering (2008) and Hieroglyphs of the Future (2003), among other shorter works. His work of the last five years — what he calls “geocritique” — has been gathered into the book Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society, which is being published by the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands) in collaboration with the What, How & for Whom curatorial collective (Zagreb, Croatia). His web site Continental Drift (http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/), upon which the most recent book was based, recently won the 2009 Vilém Flusser Theory Award by the German transmediale organization.
He is one of the translators of Felix Guattari’s Molecular Revolution in Brazil, a frequent contributor to the journal Multitudes, and a core collaborator of 16 Beaver Group, an influential artist space and reading group in New York that supports a variety of artistic, cultural, economic and political projects.
Four Pathways Through Chaos
1. Glaciated Territories
2. Power’s Reversals
3. Pocketbook Control