Please join us on Thursday, October 19th at 5:00pm for a talk to be given by Dr. Hentyle Yapp entitled All Look Same: Ai Weiwei's Fairytale, Racial Anger, and Revising Multitude.
The talk will be held in room 222 of 19 University Place and light refreshments will be served. Please join us and invite anybody interested, for a talk and discussion that will be insightful and provocative.
Recent philosophical discourses have turned towards the multitude and mass to theorize related modes of precarious existence and dispossession that haunt late capitalism. The relational is privileged to connect disparate populations across the globe. In such a turn, the relational appears to have no center or commons, as all precarious populations appear equal and enter a flat ontology. This presentation interrogates what common ground undergirds the multitude to account for the differential ways racialized populations enter and engage the multitude and to revise such turns to plurality by analyzing Ai Weiwei’s large-scale project Fairytale (2007) which appeared at Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany.
Hentyle Yapp is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy at NYU is also an affiliated faculty on the Disability Council. His research broadly engages the theoretical and methodological implications of queer, feminist, disability, and critical race studies for questions regarding the state. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in American Quarterly, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, and other venues. He received his BA in French Literature from Brown University; JD from UCLA Law, specializing in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law; and PhD in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.