Reflection on Knowability
Irit Rogoff at the 3rd Former West research congress in Vienna, 2012
As part of the exhibition To Seminar, BAK organizes a series of performances, talks, and public meetings inquiring how learning about, with, and through art can become a collective practice of thinking and acting out imaginaries alternative to those of the crises-ridden contemporary.
On Thursday 20 April 2017 BAK organizes Reflection on Knowability, a lecture by Irit Rogoff, followed by a conversation moderated by Kitty Zijlmans. Knowledge is always framed and sanctioned. There are regimes of knowledge, such as disciplines, and there are conditions of knowledge, such as geopolitics. As greater permissions enter the field of knowledge in the wake of emergent, complex practices, so do reflections on “knowability”—whether it can survive collapsing frameworks, whether it is actually the desired effect of research, and whether a shaken belief in “knowability” stands in the way of consciousness.