lab_Off Centre presenting Collapse [curator]
research talk with guest: Robin Mackay
4 June 2008
iRes Research in Network Art, University College Falmouth, UK

Collapse, an independent, non-affiliated Journal of Philosophical Research and Development, was launched in 2006. The aim of the journal, which is printed twice yearly in a limited edition of 1000, is to bring together philosophers and theorists, artists and scientists to explore fundamental themes and ideas which academic philosophy, in its tendency towards specialisation and partisanship, increasingly fails to address.
Each volume is carefully curated so that contributions from very different areas of research intersect in unexpected and productive ways, suggesting new lines of thought. Attention to design and overall feel make Collapse an aesthetic as well as an intellectual pleasure, as can be confirmed by its varied readership (philosophers, cultural theorists, architects, scientists, artists, theologians...) which spans the globe, from London to New York, Oslo to Tokyo, Taiwan to Cairo.

Since its inception in 2006, Collapse has published pioneering work in philosophy from the UK, US, Europe and the Middle East, along with ground-breaking interviews with scientists, new work from contemporary artists, and documents in 'live philosophy'.

Robin Mackay (Falmouth, UK) is a philosopher and the editor of Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development. He is also a translator, most recently of Alain Badiou's Number and Numbers (London: Polity,2008), and is currently completing his doctoral studies on the work of Gilles Deleuze, at Middlesex University.

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lab_Off Centre is a series of events organised by iRes at University College Falmouth. Theorists, artists, philosophers, curators and others are invited to present their research and art projects which take place or/and consider the periphery in various dimensions. All the events are open to the public and are organised irregularly as informal discussions, workshops and presentations.

The underpinning question of this series of events is: how do we understand periphery in the network society which structure is based on nodal points connected by many edges; does the idea of periphery and centre cease to exist in the network condition; or is it being translated into its new environment.

lab_Off Centre is interested in presenting projects which not only or not necessarily are characterised by their geographical distance from the centre. They are chosen on the basis of their explicit or implicit connection to the relationship between centre and periphery. The aim of those meetings is to look at the spaces and situations which take place in between, which are positioned in Hardt and Negri’s “oblique or diagonal stance”, perhaps creating other relations or suggesting another way(s) of understanding periphery. The common characteristic for all the invited projects, which was another basis for the curatorial choice, is the fact that they are self-organised, distributed, result of collaborative effort and grounded in scrupulous research.

lab_Off Centre is curated by Magda Tyzlik-Carver