New Innocence: A Conference on How Feelings Shape Knowledge


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7 PM

CP Projects Space
132 W 21st St, 10th floor, New York, New York 10011


Too often confronted by words such as leadership or innovation, very seldom do we confront these notions with the social, institutional, and aesthetic imaginations they imply. If a decade ago the discourse was dominated by notions related to geo-politics and how post-colonial power entanglements were the drivers of neo-liberalism’s global social order, now the territorial metaphor has been replaced by a new individuated will-to-power. The future is being presented as composed by “forces” not concentrated in “regions,” but in the morphological individualism of networks and their actors. And so a new dominance of feelings has taken over our cultural and political arenas, demanding from us not “action,” as in the late 1960s on, but “engagement.” 

And what, if not art, can provide today a reflection on feelings and how they affect and configure the way we are able to see the world? Living in a time capable of the greatest unreality, could we not claim we also need a new sense of innocence to reconsider our social and also cultural contract? A controversial notion, innocence implies a specified ignorance that may play a very productive role in the definition of new cultural structures.

This is a first attempt, together with artists and thinkers, to grasp the importance of performing this feeling—innocence—inside the systems of knowledge in order to regain a narrative concerning the way art traces a path we can follow.

Chus Martinez
Born in Spain, Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. 
Currently she is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. Before she was the Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York, and dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008–11), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08), and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05). For the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus, and in 2008 she served as a Curatorial Advisor for the Carnegie International and in 2010 for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo. During her tenure as Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein she curated solo exhibitions of Wilhelm Sasnal among others; and a series of group exhibitions including Pensée Sauvage and The Great Game To Come. She was also the founder of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program for international artists, art writers, and curators.
While at MACBA Martínez curated the Thomas Bayrle retrospective, an Otolith Group monographic show, and an exhibition devoted to television, Are you ready for TV? In 2008, Martínez was the curator of the Deimantas Narkevicius retrospective exhibition, The Unanimous Life, at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, which traveled to major European museums. Martínez lectures and writes regularly including numerous 
catalogue texts and critical essays, and is a regular contributor to Artforum among other international art journals.

Kenneth Goldsmith
Kenneth Goldsmith is a poet living in New York City. He is the founding editor of UbuWeb ( and teaches poetry and poetic practice at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, he was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of The Museum of Modern Art.

Emily Segal
Emily Segal is an artist and brand consultant based in New York and the creative director at Genius. She co-founded K-HOLE, the trend forecasting group and art collective. She has lectured on branding and consumer culture at the DLD conference, MoMA/PS1, Serpentine Gallery, and TEDxVaduz, among others.

Aleksandra Wagner
Aleksandra Wagner holds aPhD
in Sociology from CUNY Graduate Center, where she also completed the Women’s Studies Certificate Program. She holds a BA in Musicology and a BA in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the University of Sarajevo and is a licensed psychoanalyst and member of The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. Her interests, and her dissertation, focus on the social history of psychoanalysis in the United States. Before coming to The New School, where she presently teaches "Sociology of Forgiveness," "Social Dimensions of Shame," and "Making Science, Writing Life"-she taught sociology at the College of Staten Island and Hunter College (CUNY). She is a member of the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Review and Discourse of Sociological Practice. Recent publications include The Edinburgh International Encyclopedia of Psychoanalysis (Edinburgh University Press, 2006, Executive Editor) and chapters in the edited volume, Edith Jacobson: Life, Work, Memories (Psychosozial Verlag, 2005)

Brian Kuan Wood
Brian Kuan Wood is a writer and editor based in New York. In 2008 he initiated e-flux journal with Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda, which publishes ten issues per year online (and on a print-on-demand basis), along with a series of readers in collaboration with Sternberg Press. In 2010, he edited Selected Maria Lind Writing. From 2000-2005 he was based in Cairo, where he produced publications and sound projects in collaboration with artists, also initiating an online journal together with artist Iman Issa featuring artists based in Cairo and Alexandria. His writing has appeared in Bidoun, CAC
Interviu, Paletten, e-flux journal, and various artist-initiated platforms and publications.