Foucault: Truth as Constraint

Presentation consisted of selections of Macapia’s work including the performance Silent Manifesto at Storefront for Art and Architecture, selections from his exhibition Borroworob: In Search of Symmetry, and his research in ancient Greek law. Main presentation consisted of Macapia’s work on the relation between Greek naturalism and the transformation of Greek political life around a) reform of political status after Solon, b) reform of monetary/currency system (still in debate whether Solon introduced actual currency or a new standard of monetary evaluation) and c) transformation of legal system around status of witness in relation to truth and fact. Macapia’s research looks at the history of vase painting in relation to the function of the line and its eventual resolution in Red Figure vase painting which enabled forms of the event to manifest aspects of witnessing as a parallel transformation of juridical procedure in relation to witness. The institutional features of transformation and the birth of the polis around internal conflict, are understood by Foucault, and others, to be a permanent function of governmentality in the West: politics as a continuation of war by other means. Within this larger consideration, two questions emerge in Macapia’s work: what is the relation between power and space and in what sense is truth a function of constraint as opposed to freedom.

Hosted by Doctoral Consortium, Neil Leach, Digital Futures

Presentations by Peter Macapia, Sanford Kwinter, Behnaz Farahi