A series of six seminars and a closing symposium, presented from September 2020 through May 2021, As for Protocols is structured as a one-long open curriculum. Led by The New School faculty and Vera List Center staff, each monthly seminar in this two year-long series will examine a particular aspect of protocols, among them those relating to language and communication; protocols for equitable networks, computer interfaces and algorithms; global health and development; data aggregation and narrative systems; culturally-specific community agreements; and protocols undergirding scientific research.
Building on the conversations started in previous sessions, each seminar is foregrounded by an artistic experience and accompanied by readings.
In the Spring 2021 semester, the course will examine the potential and risk of technology-centric protocols, especially as they pertain to surveillance; followed by an exploration of social reproduction, gendered labor, care and kinship, solidarity, and internationalism as we consider protocols revolutionary feminism; and continue with a consideration of scientific protocols in contemporary artistic practice.
The seminar series concludes for this academic year with a symposium in May with a forward-looking charge: how do we decolonize the protocols of our daily lives to ensure more equitable conditions for all.
Image caption: Kite and Devin Ronneberg, Ínyan Iyé (Telling Rock), 2019. Photo courtesy Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.