On the 4th of May, at 2 pm, Burnett will give a keynote presentation at Columbia University, “RAPTURES OF THE DEEP: Historiography, Metafiction, Immersion” For details, email Jerónimo Duarte-Riascos.
On the 22nd of April, Burnett presented “Histories of Attention (And Our Present)” the Bar Hillel Colloquium in the History of Science at Tel Aviv University.
In March of 2021 Burnett and Justin E.H. Smith co-hosted the Princeton History of Science Workshop. The theme was ATTENTION. Click over to the website for more information.
Burnett was joined by filmmaker Lane Stroud for a Zoom discussion of the “Cinema of Attention,” Saturday the 12th of December at 6 pm EST. RSVP was required.
On 12 November, at 4:30 pm (via Zoom) Burnett presented new work at the Modern America Workshop at Princeton. The paper, “Vigils and Vigilance: Time, Attention, and Action, 1945-1975,” was available for precirculation, and registration was required (both to receive it, and to join the session).
A new “Conjectures” piece is now up on Public Domain Review. It is a beauty, and came out of the pandemic thinking of a set of students in “Eating, Growing, Catching Knowing,” the experimental food-studies class Burnett did at Princeton in the Spring of 2020. Living through the “Remote Revolution”? Read about its future history here.
On the 28th of August, Burnett presented (virtually) as part of ACHS2020: Futures, hosted by UCL in the UK.
On August 14th and 15th, Burnett co-hosted “Politics of Attention II: Self and Other in a Shared World.” More information here.
Burnett and several collaborators from the “Friends of Attention” recently published this “Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Attention Economy” in the Los Angeles Review of Books (BLARB).
Check out this rough cut of the film shorts made as part of a visual workshop on the Twelve Theses on Attention. Curated by Lane Stroud and Alyssa Loh, and featuring super-talented young filmmakers like Izik Alequin, Terrance Daye, Masami Kubo, and Claudia Claremi.
On Wednesday the 27th of May, at 3pm EST, Burnett was part of an online program and panel discussion on the research collective ESTAR(SER). The event was hosted by Mana Contemporary, and is part of their “Collective Work” Series. Registration was here.
Like much else, the 2020 GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL did not happen this year. With luck, “VIGILS AND VIGILANCE: Attention, Duration, Subjectivity” will take place in a GI-redux in 2021. Peace and hope.
On Saturday the 15th of February, Burnett presented at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, as part of “My Little Planet,” a screening and performance by the artist Agnieszka Polska.
On Saturday evening the 1st of February, Burnett and some friends did a quick blast on behalf of the future of human attention as part of “FOOLISHLY USE THE FORCE AND RIDE THE CHARIOT” at Cloud City in Williamsburg. Doors opened at 7pm. Technically you were supposed to be on the list to get in, b/c the event was private, so emails were requested in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
In early January Burnett was in South America for ten days, doing a set of lectures on Darwin and the history of the marine sciences aboard the National Geographic Endeavor II in the Galapagos Islands. (Doesn’t that look like an immature Brydes whale skeleton there? Above the high tide line on the northeast coast of Fernandina Island).
On Friday, November 15th, Burnett participated in a workshop at Wesleyan University entitled “From the Museum to the Classroom: Attentional Practices and the Future of Pedagogy in the Humanities.”
On Friday the 1st of November, at 6:30 pm, Burnett, Hermione Spriggs, and Adam Jasper ran a workshop entitled “Sanctuary and Resistance in the Attentional Economy” at Arts Catalyst, in London. More information here.
Burnett co-hosted a summer session workshop at Mildred’s Lane, August 19-25. The theme was “The Politics of Attention: Art, Time, Technology, Action.” For more information: email@example.com
On the evening of 6 August, at the old Yippie headquarters on 9 Bleaker (now the Overthrow Club), Burnett presented on “Practices of Attention” as part of the 2019 summer session of the University of the Underground.
On April 10th, Burnett hosted a screening of 10 short films on attention, the work of students in his “The Attention Economy: Historical Perspectives” course. The event took place in the Jimmy Stewart Theater at Princeton University.
On Thursday March 14th, Burnett gave a talk entitled “The Empty Bowl of Attention: Art and Intersubjectivity” at the Village Zendo a Zen temple in New York City. The event was part of the Urban Sesshin hosted by Sal Gesso Randolph on the occasion of her Shusho Hossen. Dharma Combat followed on March 17th…
Burnett did Bootlegs as part of Marisa Jahn’s “Bootlegs and Rubbings” installation at the Spring Break Art Show; it was on Saturday the 9th.
On the evening of March 4, Burnett did a brief post-screening conversation at the Garden Theater. Topics? Oceans, fish, labor, the senses, ethnography…
The Turkish edition of KEYWORDS is just out, with a new introduction. Many thanks to Erkal Ünal and everyone else who helped pull this together.
On 8 February, Burnett participated in this year’s Princeton Workshop in the History of Science: Trading Objecthood.
On November 29 & 30, in New York City, Burnett presented as part of the Floating Laboratory of Action and Theory at Sea.
On the 18th of July, Burnett was part of a panel discussion at BRIC, in Brooklyn. The event was part of the programming for the exhibition Alchemy, curated by Jenny and Elizabeth Ferrer.
On June 20th and 21st, Burnett visited the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Studies at Harvard University. He did a public lecture (“Reading, Looking, Making: Experiments in Sustained Eludication”) on Wednesday afternoon, and led a workshop on Thursday. More information, please contact Elizabeth Phillips: ephillips@fas.
On May 19th and 20th, Burnett participated in the Ateliers de Politique Terriennes organized by Bruno Latour and SPEAP at the Amandiers Theater in Nanterre — part of the MONDES POSSIBLES Festival, marking the 50th anniversary of May of 1968 in Paris.
On May 13th, Burnett did a workshop in Poitiers, France; as part of a short residency at Le Confort Moderne. The event was co-hosted by La Musée Sainte-Croix, and the extraordinary Baptistère Saint-Jean. More information here.
Burnett was part of Prelude to the Shed, which took place across the first two weeks of May. He and Jeff Dolven and Asad Raza did a new version of their “Schema for a School” project. Click here for more about the Shed, and click here for a link to a write up on “Schema” in the Berlin-based journal SPIKE.
On Wednesday the 25th of April Burnett was part of a release event at Labyrinth Books for Asad Raza’s Home Show catalog. Burnett has an essay in the volume, and Yara Flores had work in the show itself.
On Friday, the 6th of April, Burnett did a lunchtime talk at the New York Institute for the Humanities — the topic was “Lexicons, Dictionaries, and Critical Vocabularies,” and he talked about the KEYWORDS book. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burnett was in Paris at the end of March, doing a workshop at SPEAP on Thursday the 29th.
Burnett was in Mexico in early March, doing several lectures on cetaceans and sea conservation in Baja. He gave a pair of talks at the San Ignacio Lagoon, aboard the National Geographic vessel Sea Bird.
On Tuesday the 27th of February, Burnett visited DIAP (the Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice MFA) at City College, in NYC, to talk about performative practices and the traditions of the essay. The session was organized by João Enxuto & Erica Love.
On Saturday, the 17th of February, The New Museum Triennial hosted a symposium on the sea, sea life, art, and activism. The event was organized by Margarida Mendes, and linked to the collaborative platform Inhabitants. Burnett presented around 3:30.
Burnett has a new (co-authored, co-edited) book coming out — KEYWORDS;…Relevant to Academic Life, &c. There was a soft launch for the project as part of the IHUM Open House on Tuesday, December 5th, at Prospect House. The Open House started at 5:30, and the book party ran 6:30-8:00.
Burnett was in Japan for the week of November 20-27. He worked with collaborators from ESTAR(SER) on a residency at Fenberger House, and on Friday the 24th was part of an artist talk at Arts Initiative Tokyo. More details here.
On Monday, June 5th, Burnett was in conversation with Mark Dion at the Explorer’s Club in Manhattan. The event, a discussion about the oceans, contemporary art, and the history of science, was part of “A Contemporary Exploration,” a two-day symposium and installation by TBA21 Academy in conjunction with the United Nations Ocean Conference and World Oceans Day.
On the 4th of June, Burnett was be part of “14 Person Poem” at the Whitney Museum. The performance was held in the 2017 Biennial installation Root sequence. Mother tongue as one of Asad Raza’s “Weekend Guest” events.
On the 11th of May, at Princeton, from 11:30 am to 1 pm, Burnett participated in a pop-up exhibition and book release for A University of Things. The event was part of Princeton University’s “Research Day” open house. More information here.
On the 29th and 30th of April, Burnett co-hosted What History Could Have Been III at the New School. For more about “conjectural historiography,” check out this write-up on WHCHB II.
Radio-controlled sharks in the Cold War? Burnett did a spot on Canadian TV’s morning show on Thursday, April 27th about the use of animals in military conflicts. The anchor said that the military use of animals was “SO COOL!” Burnett felt a combination of rage and despair (see above), but tried to be pleasant.
On the 7th of April Burnett presented with Jennifer Wenzel and Daniel Barber at BookCulture in Manhattan to celebrate the release of Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment, released in January by Fordham University Press.
On the 19th of March, Burnett presented as part of an introduction to the work of ESTAR(SER) at the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. The event recovered some of the forgotten work of Walter “Lightning Bug” Rhodes.
On the 14th of March, Burnett and Amale Andraos will be speaking at the Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and the University of Toronto. THIS EVENT CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE SNOW STORM
On the 18th of February, Burnett presented at the CAA meeting in NYC. He was part of the session entitled “Economimesis: Art, Architecture, and the Limits of Economy,” organized by Caroline Jones and Philip Ursprung.
A transcript of Burnett talking about Dithering Machines in Beirut in 2014 is just out in Art Margins, part of a summary of the conference on critical art writing held at the AUB.
Check out the new Cabinet — and Burnett’s piece on the history of skywriting.
On the 25th of January at noon, Burnett spoke at Columbia University, as part of the History in Action project. The panel discussion (billed as “How to be Interesting“) included a number of historically oriented writers and editors, including Keith Gessen and Kim Phillips-Fein.
On 3 December Burnett was part of Dispersed Holdings’ evening of “Spectacular Readings” — Burnett and Dolven served as mediums for a discussion between two books: Paradise Lost and Moby-Dick.
Yara Flores had work in “Fifteen People Present Their Favorite Book (after Kosuth),” open from 26 October – 11 November at Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
On Saturday, the 19th of November, Burnett did a one-day “reading” residency at Dispersed Holdings, on the Bowery.
On the 21st of October Burnett presented at “Aesthetics and the Life Sciences” at Rutgers University.
On Saturday the 15th of October, Burnett participated in the symposium “Water and the Making of Place in North America.”
On the 8th of October Burnett was part of “The Nachtigall Plot” at e-flux. This lecture/performance concluded Interpretations: Destabilizing Ground(s).
On September 10th, Burnett was part of the 2016 “Joint Symposium” at the Museum of Jurassic Technology — more information here.
And, more generally for those with an appetite for experimental historical forms, two bits of news: First, CONJECTURES launched recently — a new series of long-form exercises in “conjectural historiography” hosted by Adam Green and the brilliant, beautiful folks at Public Domain Review (Burnett was on board as series editor, and the first piece ties in to the MJT event above); Second, Public Seminar ran an interesting essay by Matthew Strother on the “What History Could Have Been” event at the New School earlier this year. Definitely worth checking out his piece.
On Sunday, September 4th, Burnett was part of a session at the 2016 meeting of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present in Tartu, Estonia. The presentation is entitled “Competencies: From Habitus to Hyperstition.” Click here for more information.
The return of Inyard Kip Ketchem! On August 20th Burnett (and friends) presented The Ketchem Screen — a joint-venture performance hosted by the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, part of this year’s MANIFESTA.
In early June, Burnett was part of the week-long seminar “Archéologie des Media, Écologies de L’Attention” at the Centre Culturel de Cerisy, outside of Paris.
On Thursday, May 5th, Burnett, Chiara Cappelletto, and David Levine presented on collaborative work at the “New Schools” symposium at Princeton. Details here.
On the 28th of April, at the Princeton Art Museum, Burnett participated in “Pulling Imaginary Teeth” — the culminating project of HUM 598, “The Enacted Thought.”
On March 26th, Burnett hosted David Levine’s “The Best New Work” at the Princeton Art Museum. The performance, which featured Laura Beckner, was linked to “The Enacted Thought,” Burnett’s IHUM seminar this term.
On March 18th, in the context of reports about the Russian military looking to buy five dolphins for its marine mammal program, Burnett talked with Laura Lynch on CBC Radio One about the history of navy dolphins. Links from here.
On March 12, Burnett and several collaborators presented work at the Asian Arts Theater in Gwangju, South Korea; the event was part of the “Transgression and Syncretism” program, curated by the Berlin-based media artist You Mi.
On Monday the 29th of February, Burnett spoke at “Hope in an Era of Extinction” at Princeton University—part of the Multispecies Salon hosted by S. Eben Kirksey.
The new issue of Cabinet is out! The theme is CATASTROPHE. Read Burnett on the Cat Bond here.
On 3 December, Burnett and several collaborator-friends presented the 2015 Leventritt Lecture at the Harvard Art Museum. Details here.
On the 21st of November, Burnett was part of a performance lecture and workshop at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More details here.
On 14 November Burnett moderated a session of Eyal Weizman and Eduardo Cadava’s “Conflict Shorelines” Conference at Princeton.
The Whitney Museum did their Moby-Dick Marathon this year in conjunction with the new Frank Stella retrospective (featuring a number of pieces from the “Moby-Dick” Series — like this one here, “Loomings” of 1986). Burnett read at 7pm on Friday the 13th.
On 7 November (at 2 pm) Burnett presented new work by Yara Flores at Rönnells Antikvariat in Stockholm — part of the release of Peder Alexis Olsson’s new Drucksache project, TENNIS.
And the same evening Burnett and Joanna Fiduccia were at Stefanie Hessler & Carsten Höller’s Andquestionmark, where the topic was be L’Amour Fou and surrealist social practice: “The Kittiwake Dossier: Flocking, Flight, and Failure in Interwar Paris.”
On 6 November Burnett and Joanna Fiduccia presented “Temporary Metempsychosis May Occur” (a performance lecture and workshop) at the PARSE Biennial Conference on artistic research.
On September 25th and 26th Burnett spoke at “Democracy and the Humanities” — a symposium hosted by Loyola University in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
On September 18th, Burnett, Simon Critchley, Dominic Pettman, Matt Freedman, and Carlin Wing presented “I am a Ball” — a roundtable experiment in object oriented ventriloquy — at the Cabinet Space in Gowanus. The evening springs from this essay in the “Sport” issue.
From August 22nd to August 30th Burnett and a group of wonderful friends and collaborators (including Jeff Dolven and Asad Raza) installed the Tivoli Park Project for the opening of the 31st Ljubljana Biennial.
Burnett contributed to “MET-HIM-PIKE-HOSES,” an evening with ESTAR(SER), at Mildred’s Lane on 25 July. This Social Saturday was part of The Year of Wit and Wot — the 2015 summer sessions at Mildred’s Lane. Click here for more information.
On 11 July, Burnett presented as part of “Art of Attention,” a performance, lecture, and workshop at the Barnes Foundation.
Burnett was in Buenos Aires for ArteBA. He and Gabriel Pérez-Barierro presented a performance lecture entitled “El Documento de Pomagello: Aldous Huxley y la metempsicosis de los Pájaros” on 5 June, 2015, at the Departamento de Arte, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
On 21 May, Burnett hosted a symposium on “Conjectural Historiography” at Princeton — an opportunity to dream paths not taken in the philosophy of history. Registration was not required; details on the poster above.
On the 24th and 25th of April, Burnett participated in the “Writing Fieldwork” Conference at Princeton University. He prepared this report on the problems of writing and (significantly) not writing the field.
On the 24th of April, Burnett was part of “The Narma Tapes: Polyphony and Politics in the Postwar” at Art in General. Registration was required for the event, which started at 12:30. More information here.
On the 20th and 21st of April, members of the research consortium ESTAR(SER) gave a performance lecture and workshop in Beirut on “Philistine Aesthetics.” The project came out of a week-long seminar/residency in East Jerusalem last December in which Burnett participated; he contributed work to the Beirut project.
In issue 54 of Cabinet Burnett has an essay on the history of Lucite — and the strange object known as a “Deal Toy” (the monopoly pieces that circulate in the great game of global finance). The piece has been picked up by the business press. See a short video here from The Deal.
On April 16th Burnett and Ben Thorpe Brown hosted a pop-up exhibition and screening at the Cabinet space in Brooklyn — the topic? Plastic. And Money. More here. And here: a write up of the event in The Street.
On March 31 Burnett spoke on environmental history in Los Angeles, as part of the “Empires and Environments” series at Pomona College. More here.
On March 27th, Burnett was part of a panel discussion on artists’ activations of archives and archival materials. The event was hosted by the Center for Book Arts in Chelsea, and was part of a series entitled “Repositioning the Archive.” More here.
On the 13th of March, the research consortium known as ESTAR(SER) presented the keynote performance-project at the “Hybrid Practices Symposium” hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art (sponsored by the Terra Foundation and the Arts Research Collaboration). The four days of the conference were dedicated to “Art, Science, and Technology since 1960.” Burnett contributed to the keynote as a member of the ESTAR(SER) Editorial Committee, and also participated in the workshop on the morning of the 14th. More information here.
On the 20th of February, Burnett was part of a performance lecture by the research consortium known as ESTAR(SER) at the Pomona Art Museum. The event was free and open to the public but the workshop on Saturday required registration. More information here.
Burnett led a Q&A following the West Coast premiere of “The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins”, a BBC documentary by Chris Riley. The screening took place on January 22, 2015, at The Omni (4079 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA) at 7pm. More details here.
The Brazilian journal of history Temporalidades just published an interview with Burnett on the history and philosophy of science. It is accessible here (in Portuguese).
The online journal of experimental history, The Appendix, just published “The Nebulous and the Infinitesimal,” a game of TTT (Thought-Thing Tag) between Burnett and the Architectural theorist David Gissen. Do we immolate objects into the sweet smoke of their meanings?
Last December, from the 16th to the 24th, Burnett was in residence at the Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art.
On November 22nd Burnett participated in “The Instruments Project” symposium at Princeton’s School of Architecture, hosted by Lucia Allais.
Members of the Editorial Committee of ESTAR(SER) presented a lecture and workshop on “Object-Oriented Ventriloquy” at the RISD Museum on November 6 and 7. The events were part of the “It, me, you, us” series, a joint initiative of the Brown University Center for Public Humanities, the Art Museum, and the Program in History Art and Visual Culture at RISD.
The disruptive attentional collective known as “Project 404” convened this Saturday, October 25th, at Threes in Brooklyn. Details on the graphic above — or email to: email@example.com.
On Friday the 10th of October, Burnett presented on “The Marking of Time and Space” with Eric Ellingsen at Cornell’s School of Architecture Art and Planning; the session was part of Studio 4101/4102/5101.
On the evening of 8 October Burnett hosted a screening, at the Cabinet Space in Brooklyn, of Chris Riley’s new BBC documentary, “The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins.” Hailed by critics as an “exquisite,” “intelligent,” and “moving,” this film is based on chapter 6 of Burnett’s The Sounding of the Whale. A discussion will follow.
On September 10th Burnett did a presentation in “Radical Materialism: Making the World Matter” at the CUNY Graduate Center. The Symposium was linked to the exhibition “World of Matter” at the James Gallery.
From August 22-31 Burnett was in Istanbul for “Niblach III: The Unrepresented”, part of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation’s program of cultural initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East. More here.
Burnett’s work is featured in the new RadioLab show on dolphins. Check out the podcast here.
Burnett was a 2013-2014 Guggenheim Fellow, working on aesthetics. For the full announcement, see here.
Burnett has a piece in issue 52 of Cabinet (on “celebration”) — an essay on the history of Confetti.
On 12 July, Burnett and friends gave a performance-lecture entitled “If These Stones Could Speak: The Hale Transcripts and Cold War Tactical Prosopopetics,” part of the Social Saturday series at the Mildred’s Lane Complexity, in Beach Lake, PA.
Burnett and friends were part of “The Year of the Unearthing” — the 2014 Sessions at Mildred’s Lane. Details and dates here.
‘The Blossom’ transformed
On 25 June Burnett and the inimitable Jeff Dolven teamed up for another night of skew poetical resurrectionism. The dead poet of the night? William Blake. The mission? To unravel (and re-ravel) the Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Razor blades were deployed in studied silence by all.
On 20 June, Burnett and Justin Erik Halldór Smith presented together on “Souci de Soi parmi les Oiseaux” at the “Futur en Seine” festival in Paris. The talk was held at the Centre Pompidou, as part of “L”écologie de l’attention,” hosted by Bernard Stiegler and Igor Galligo.
Chris Riley’s BBC documentary, “The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins,” just premiered at the Sheffield Film Festival. The film is grounded in Chapter 6 of Burnett’s Sounding of the Whale. Click here for the Guardian‘s review, and here for a look at the film itself.
On 28 May, Burnett and the artist Sibel Horada hosted the second Niblach workshop on practical noumenatics, art theft, and cultural property at the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York City. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 22 May, Burnett and friends ran an in-house workshop at the Guggenheim Museum on “The Grammar of Protocols.” The session was lead-up for “When Experience Becomes Form” on June 4.
On May 16th Burnett presented at “Urban Nature: Between Human and Nonhuman,” a day-long conference sponsored by the ETH Zurich and Columbia GSAPP. The event was held at the Center for Architecture, on Laguardia Place, just south of Washington Square.
On the 24th of April, Burnett presented (with Sal Randolph) on Aldous Huxley’s Art of Seeing at the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The event was for museum staff and personnel.
On Saturday, April 19th, Burnett gave a seminar/workshop entitled “Absence and Access: Silent Presence as a Form of Action” in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp (West Bank). The event was organized by Campus in Camps.
On April 17th Burnett did a visiting lecture entitled “Art and Inquiry” in Ramallah, at the International Academy of Art, Palestine.
From April 11-16, Burnett was in Istanbul. He participated in a Niblach workshop on practical noumenatics, art theft, and cultural property. For more information, email: email@example.com
On April 6, Burnett joined a number of colleagues and friends as part of the “Bright Intervals” program at MoMA PS1. A performance lecture, “The Rülek Scrolls and the Practice of the Door,” began at 2 pm in the VW Dome, followed by a workshop on attentional practices. Curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel and Jenny Schlenzka.
On the 3rd of April, Burnett hosted a conversation with William Kentridge in the Science and Society series at the City of College of New York. Discussion followed a screening of “Anti-Mercator” and expanded across “The Refusal of Time,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See the full event announcement here.
From March 10th to March 16th, Burnett gave a series of workshops and lectures in conjunction with the opening of “The Work of Art Under Conditions of Intermittent Accessibility” at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. More information here. The exhibition/installation will be up through the end of March.
On the 8th of March, Burnett presented a talk entitled “Dithering Machines and Critical Inquiry” at the Critical Machines conference at the American University of Beirut. See the full program here and a review of the event here.
And in the connection with the symposium, Burnett teamed up with Yara Flores to present “Pound vs. Stevens: The Rematch,” an installation in the pop-up exhibition that accompanied the conference. See more here, here, and here.
From the 13th to the 18th of January, Burnett was in residence at the Chalet Society in Paris. See the announcement for the performance-lecture with which the week culminated here.
The new issue of Cabinet is out — the theme is … Wheels. Read Burnett’s piece on spinners here.