In the Form of All Substances
With Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, Zachary Formwalt and Leigh Claire La Berge
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
In a brochure from 1930, one of the world’s largest consumers of livestock, the meatpacking giant Armour and Company, proudly asserts that the “by-products” of the meatpacking industry “are inseparably linked up with modern civilization, since, in some form or another, they are used by almost everyone every minute of the day.” The phrase “in some form or another” suggests both the ubiquity and the invisibility of animal remains; that animal substances are everywhere in modern civilization, yet persistently kept out of view. If the reproduction of this relation has only expanded and intensified over the past ninety years, so that we are now surrounded by – and nearly always in touch with – the remains of animals we cannot see, how might it be possible to grasp this relationship as a central condition of contemporary capitalism?
Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, Zachary Formwalt, Leigh Claire La Berge will address this problem in relation to Formwalt’s new installation An Industry and Its Irreplaceable Medium, commissioned for the IMPAKT Festival 2022 and on view as part of the festival exhibition at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture].
What else is on Thursday?
See the Thursday timetable to visit the other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Steenweg 26.
Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky― Artist
Zachary Formwalt― Speaker
Zachary Formwalt (United States) lives and works in Amsterdam. He has presented solo projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan; Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; VOX Centre de l'image contemporaine, Montreal; Casco—Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; Wexner Center for the Arts: The Box, Columbus, OH; and Kunsthalle Basel. His essays have appeared in various journals including Grey Room, Open, kunstlicht, and Metropolis M. He teaches theory at the Graphic Design Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Leigh Claire La Berge― Speaker
Leigh Claire La Berge is on faculty at the City University of New York, and a 2021-2023 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Free University of Berlin. She is the author of numerous works of economics-oriented criticism, including the books Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s (Oxford: 2014) and Wages against Artwork: Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art (Duke, 2019), and the co-editor of Reading Capitalist Realism (Iowa, 2014). Marx for Cats: A Radical Bestiary is forthcoming in 2023 with Duke University Press.