Starting Date: 04-04-2008
Starting Time: 9:00am
Ending Date: 04-06-2008
5845 General Dougher Pl
Sarasota, Florida 34243
727-365-8147All Power to the Imagination! Conference on Radical Theory and Practice
New College of Florida
Proposals deadline: Jan 31, 2008
More info: APIconference(at)gmail.com
All Power to the Imagination! is a conference that will bring activists, academics, and grassroots organizers together for a weekend of listening, networking, discussing, and organizing. We will share ideas, tactics, experiences, and skills as well as theories, scholarship, and research to develop our radical vision for the present and future.
Topics for the conference may include:
Anti-Racism/Critical Race Theory
Art and Visual Culture
Radicalism in Academia
Student and Youth Movements
Anarchist Processes and Models
Florida Activism and Organization
About the title:
All Power to the Imagination! was a slogan used during the Paris riots of May 1968. It was a detournement of the political slogan “All Power to the Soviets!” used during the Bolshevik Revolution.
The title of our conference–All Power to the Imagination!–is an example of the situationist practice of detournement. This process involves combining or altering elements of popular images, slogans, songs, films, texts and other media in order to create a new meaning (one that negates, transforms or replaces the original meaning). In juxtaposing foreign images and texts, a new relationship is form–one that is potentially subversive.
Detournement is a practice that attempts to destablize the hegemonic ideology while simultaneously undermining that very ideology.
The practice of detournement was conceived as a “powerful cultural weapon” for the working class. This practice also shows us how one can imaginatively unite theory and practice. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate title for our conference!
Geographical Scope: National