neil cummings

October 2011

Free/Slow University

20 Oct 2011

FSUWI'll be contributing to the International Conference: Free/SlowUniversity of Warsaw

The Free University of Warsaw is a nomadic centre of interdisciplinary studies, critical reflection, and independent thinking about art and society. The FUW operates parallel to the official centres of artistic and academic education. Its principle is to combine theory with praxis within culture while working as an informal research centre.

The Labour of the Multitude: The Political Economy of Social Creativity

when: 20th - 22nd October 2011

where: Warsaw, Campus of the University of Warsaw: Old Library (Hall 205) and Warsaw University Students' Council Hall, 26/28 Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw

participants: Hans Abbing, Luc Boltanski, Neil Cummings, Diedrich Diederichsen, Isabelle Graw, Matteo Pasquinelli, John Roberts, Gigi Roggero, Martha Rosler, Hito Steyerl, Joanna Bednarek, Isabelle Bruno, Dusan Grlja, Precarious Workers Brigade, Johsua Simon, Stevphen Shukaitis, Britta Timm Knudsen, Ewa Majewska, Jason Francis McGimsey, Vlad Morariu, Yiannis Mylonas, Alexander Neumann, Bojana Romic, Massimiliano Tomba, Marina Vishmidt and Patricia Reed

the conference is free of charge, although the 
number of places is limited

reservations: szymon[at]

description: there

program: here

In December, just two months later a beautiful 430 page polish language publication was produced, it has a written version of my presentation A Joy Forever .


University of Warsaw: Old Library (Hall 205)
26/28 Krakowskie Przedmieście
00-927 Warsaw

52.2403, 21.0186

Presentation: ZKM

06 Oct 2011

7pm Thursday 6th October 2011

Studio, 1st floor

ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany

As part of the reflexive research program accompanying the exhibition The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989  I participated in a workshop screening of Museum Futures: Distributed (2008) followed by a lively discussion on the future of museums, art and its markets, the financial crisis, the forces of globalisation, technocity and much else besides.

Globalization as a phase in the geo-political transformation of the world is at once a transformation of art – of the conditions of its production, and possibilities of its diffusion and dissemination and presence. At the same time, artists, and above all the institutions of art, are faced with the questions as to the extent to which the concept global can and must be thought – and how this reflects back on its own methods of working. The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989 examines the way in which globalization, both with its pervasive mechanisms of the market and its utopias of networking and generosity, impacts upon the various spheres of artistic production and reception. A critical analysis of the key institutions of the art world seeks to illustrate the manner in which globalization has both shaped and itself become a theme in artistic production that intentionally creates and reviews its own conditions of possibility. With The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989  ZKM Karlsruhe, imagines itself as a utopian factory a place in which local experiences of time subvert the unity of the new universal time.


The ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe

49.009051, 8.377075

Not Me

15 Jul 2011

Sheriff Court convenes at murder suspect Neil Cumming's hospital bedside.kempton

Alan Kempton, principal procurator fiscal depute in Perth leaving Ninewells Hospital.


14 Mary Findlay Drive,
United Kingdom

56.4548, -3.1191