16 and 17 May

Valentina Desideri, artist, and Stefano Harney, professor of strategic management, have worked together much more than what has been made explicit. Together they published for example a conversation about sabotage in which they defended sabotage as a way to get out of the logic of the productivist strategy, of calculation and efficiency, in favour of another type of attention to the immediate.

Something of that conversation reappears in this workshop that, in some way, exposes the failures of learning strategies to imagine alternatives. Both have been thinking about the conditions that make possible the collective study or the sharing of experiences. They have been reviewing their recent experiments to come to the conclusion that mostly, things tend to emerge from the amorphous. The workshop starts by sharing experiments that failed to recognize that there are ways to survive and function, outside of linear projection. «We are identifying that deviant strategies work. We have realized that love and collective thinking are the same: helping the other to decompose ourselves, allowing the random and the act of letting go without falling into a sense of uselessness or shame. It is a practice that requires love and produces it. This is the kind of study we do, the kind of collective thinking we would like to share. We are thinking about what are the specific conditions for that kind of study (and love) to take place. We are thinking of generating experiments that we can share and try, for the first time, from a place of not knowing.»

Valentina Desideri began her practice in contemporary dance at the Laban Center in London and then completed a Master of Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, are one of the co-organizers of the Perfoming Arts Forum in France and is involved in poetic readings with Denise Ferreira da Silva. It is part of the Oficina de Imaginação Política, read and write.
Stefano Harney is Professor of Strategic Management at Singapore Management University and co-founder of the School for Study, a joint teaching project. Use the autonomist and postcolonial theory to observe issues related to race, work and social organization. Together with Tonika Sealy Thompson, he leads the curatorial project Ground Provisions. His recent books include: The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (co-author with Fred Moten, 2013), The Ends of Management (co-author with Tim Edkins, 2013); and State Work: Public Administration and Mass Intellectuality (2002).

16 and 17 May
Thursday………. 3.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Friday ……3.00 pm – 8.00 pm


The workshop shares the joint reflection by Valentina Desideri and Stephano Harney. However, Stefano will not be present during the worksop.