7:30 Wednesday April 28 - 5651 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
Kultural Kapital is a class that was first held at The Public School in Los Angeles.
A variation of this conversation is now being organized as an informal reading / discussion group in the bay area.
The idea is to explore how social/cultural capital operates within the arts.
In other words, how value, authorship, credit, and symbolic power is distributed across collaborative projects or among people within a particular “scene” and especially for those who imagine themselves in opposition to traditional capitalist forces.
This discussion would reflect on current trends (in the bay area?): collaborative, curatorial, pedagogical, involving alternative-economies, celebrating “community” and de-authored production, and so on. In the context of an ongoing financial crisis, it also seems important to understand how cultural capital is related to real economic flows, to grants and art markets, for non-profits and established art institutions, and within the field of marketing or advertising.
The “class” will not have a teacher. Hopefully, it will be conversational: Informed by the readings but not circumscribed by them.
For the first get-together you may want to read:
+ Pierre Bourdieu - The Field of Cultural Production (highlighted excerpt)
+ Diedrich Diederichsen - On (Surplus) Value In Art
+ Marysia Lewandowska & Neil Cummings - An Economy of Love
Each meeting will include brief presentations by people who have special relationships to cultural capital (like case-studies or story-time).
On the 28th, it will be Luke Fischbeck and Joseph del Pesco talking about some of the projects they are working on…