Foucault

Hosted by Doctoral Consortium, Neil Leach, Digital Futures

Presentations by Peter Macapia, Sanford Kwinter, Behnaz Farahi

Presentation consisted of performance at Storefront for Art and Architecture, Silent Manifesto, and selections from exhibition Borroworob: In Search of Symmetry. Main presentation consisted of review of Foucault’s work on Ancient Greece beginning with The Will to Know and 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, the birth of the polis, and internal conflict, are understood by Foucault, and others, to be a permanent function of governmentality in the West – that is politics as a continuation of war by other means.