Art and Philosophy: What Happens Next?

Next DUST Event (in partnership with ACW MA programme)

In the past decade the relationship between art and philosophy has undergone significant changes. In particular, the nebulous strand of philosophy known as speculative realism started to appear more and more on the radar of working artists, curators, and theorists. However, as with all new developments we have started to witness recent attempts to critically examine this emergence.


In this event we invite Pete Wolfendale and Rob Jackson, two philosophers associated with these speculative philosophies, to take stock and reflect on the nature of this relationship, but also to provide insights into where they believe it is now going. Responses will be given by artist Teresa Gillespie and Rebecca O’Dwyer (writer and PhD student, Visual Culture, NCAD). To finish we will have an open debate allowing the local community to provide their own input into the nature of this dynamic.


Time: December 6th (2013) 4pm-6pm

Harry Clarke Theatre, NCAD, Dublin 8art+phil_small_web


Dublin Unit For Speculative Thought Project (A Guest Post by Caoimhe Doyle)

Caoimhe Doyle #8Image: Caoimhe Doyle

For her final year exhibition in Visual Communication at the National College of Art and Design, Caoimhe Doyle took the documentation of DUST as her project. As part of this she designed business cards, a website, and a book of proceedings (with a dust jacket) from our Weaponising Speculation conference and exhibition which were held in March of this year. As well as all of this Caoimhe has been DUST’s resident photographer for our events this year. We are immensely grateful for all her hard work, vision and support. Below is a design rationale for her project and some images–DUST

Caoimhe Doyle #2Image: Albert Hooi and Zoe McGovern

This project is the culmination of 3 months of documentation, research and design. It is two part. One, branding, business cards and a website for DUST. Two, a book of proceedings from DUST’s signature event Weaponising Speculation.

Caoimhe Doyle #3Image: Albert Hooi and Zoe McGovern

Overall, the design, by incorporating a sense of movement and transformation, aims to reflect the ever changing and developing nature of speculation – and by extension DUST.

Caoimhe Doyle #4Image: Albert Hooi and Zoe McGovern

The logo is a stream of dust particles – or thought, consciousness, slime, bacteria, etc. forming the word DUST.

Caoimhe Doyle #5Image: Caoimhe Doyle

The 112 page Weaponising Speculation book aims to be more than just a collection of essays, but also a documentation of the event as a whole and an attempt to create something that both those present at the event and those who missed it would want to own – and hopefully bring something new to both sets of readers.

SONY DSCImage: Caoimhe Doyle

SONY DSCImage: Caoimhe Doyle

The cover is intentionally difficult to look at – indicative  of the challenging, unorthodox nature of the content–Caoimhe Doyle

Caoimhe Doyle #1Image: Albert Hooi and Zoe McGovern

Teresa Gillespie, “restless tongues expending into rest” (2013)

restless tongues expending into rest (2013) was an audio and spoken work presentation composed by the artist Teresa Gillespie for the conference Weaponising Speculation, organised by DUST. Unfortunately the above is not a live recording, so some of the tension between the pre-recorded and live components are lost.

The voices stolen or referenced include Eugene Thacker, Daniel Barber, Alexander Galloway, Samuel Beckett, Antonin Artaud and Kurt Switters.

Audio of Katerina Kolozova’s DUST Talks

Katerina Kolozova, “Solidarity in Suffering with the Non-Human”:

Katerina Kolozova, “Slavoj Zizek on the Center and on the Margins of Europe”:


D.U.S.T. presents Katerina Kolozova (24 June 2013)

Next DUST event features two talks by Katerina Kolozova (Director, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Skopje, Macedonia) at Basic Space Gallery and Studios.

Monday 24 June @ 1pm

***Both talks are free and do not require prior registration***


1-2pm: “Solidarity in Suffering with the Non-Human”

2-2:30 Q&A

2:30-4pm break

4-5pm “Slavoj Zizek on the Center and on the Margins of Europe”

5-5:30pm Q&A


1pm: “Solidarity in Suffering with the Non-Human”

Building Butler’s politics of grief and Haraway’s post-humanist discourse of universality, I will argue that “identification with suffering itself” could constitute a form of political solidarity which is established independently from and at an instance beyond or anterior to language. If we identify with the “suffering itself” we are identifying with the purely “evental,” i.e., with the sheer experience (of subjection to pain) which is a pre-linguistic category. The “suffering itself” is but a taking-place of pain and/or of trauma. Put in Laruellian parlance, it is the “lived” par-excellence. Thus pain is the real in the Laruellian as well as in the Lacanian sense of the word. The figures of Christ in Donna Haraway and Oedipus in Sophocles’ tragedies will be discussed as non-humanist models of political universalism.

Katerina K DUST poster

4pm: “Slavoj Zizek on the Center and on the Margins of Europe”

Slavoj Zizek’s universalism and realism provide an epistemological
possibility for creating a revolutionary political stance and a radically new horizon
of thought. Paradoxically, Zizek’s own political vision of Europe is anything but
revolutionary. The political rendition of his formal universalism represents reification
of an internationalism of a postcolonial subject – that of ‘Leftist Eurocentrism’, a
project he advocates. It seems that the leftism attached to the hegemonic ‘Eurocentric’ Subject is intended to redeem it from hegemony and absolve it from the
exclusive stance any centrism entails.

Katerina Kolozova is the director of the Institute in Social Sciences and Humanities-Skopje and a professor of philosophy, sociological theory and gender studies at the University American College-Skopje. She is also visiting professor at several universities in Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria (the State University of Skopje, University of Sarajevo, University of Belgrade and University of Sofia as well as at the Faculty of Media and Communications of Belgrade). In 2009, Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric (Program of Critical Theory) at the University of California-Berkeley. Kolozova is the author of The Lived Revolution: Solidarity with the Body in Pain As the New Political Universal (2010), The Real and “I”: On the Limit and the Self 2006), The Crisis of the Subject with Judith Butler and Zarko Trajanoski (2002), The Death and the Greeks: On Tragic Concepts of Death from Antiquity to Modernity (2000), and editor of a number of books from the fields of gender studies and feminist theory, among which the one together with Svetlana Slapshak and Jelisaveta Blagojevic: Gender and Identity: Theories from/on Southeastern Europe, Belgrade/Utrecht: The Athena Network Publishing (2006). She is also the editor in chief of the Journal in Politics, Gender and Culture “Identities,” member of the Editorial Board of Punctum Books, member of the Non-Philosophical Society (ONPHI) and AtGender (The European Network for Feminist and Gender Studies).

Podcast of Steven Shaviro’s “Discognition” Lecture

On the Humanities Institute of Ireland web site:

and on itunes:


(Audio) “Discognition”: A Lecture by Steven Shaviro