Tate Modern Talk

Seminar: We Can't Be There Chaired by Yasmina Reggad

We Can't Be There is series of public events featuring artists in dialogue with academics, writers, and cultural commentators on approaches and methods used to explore temporality, disasters and the politics of futurity.


We Can’t Be There,  talk by Rebecca Coleman

This lecture by Rebecca Coleman re-examines issues raised by the series in the light of current academic research and methodologies on temporality and politics of futurity.

pssst Leopard 2A7+, Live Demonstration by Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Ongoing phonetic study and collection of mimetic acts on the open secrets around the Leopard 2A7 battle tank, specially designed and optimised by a German arm manufacturer for future pacification of uprisings, protests and unrest in urban areas.

Where do we want to be, if it happens? Demonstration by Bernd Kräftner and Michael Guggenheim

Bernd Kraftner and Michael Guggenheim demonstrate methods they developed for researching disastrous futures in the form of an emergency provision experiment, in which participants were invited to create new worlds and use props to simulate disasters


Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Natascha Sadr Haghighian's research-based practice encompasses a variety of forms and formats, among them video, performance, installations, text, and sound, and is primarily concerned with the socio-political implications of contemporary modes of world-making, especially in the field of vision. The text “Disco Parallax” is part of ongoing research into techniques of “looking awry.” Rather than offering highlights from a CV, Haghighian asks readers to go to www.bioswop.net, a CV-exchange platform where artists and other cultural practitioners can borrow and lend CVs for various purposes.

Rebecca Coleman

Rebecca Coleman is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths where she researches and teaches on visual and sensory sociology, temporality, the present and future, bodies and inventive research methods.  She convenes the MA in Visual Sociology.

Michael Guggenheim

Michael Guggenheim is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths. His work centres on the relationship between experts and lay people, the role of objects for this relationship and on methodical and theoretical innovation derived from the combination of science studies with sociological theory. He is also engaged in art projects that link science and technology studies, ethnography and art mostly in collaboration with Bernd Kräftner and Judith Kröll of shared Inc. He has studied in Zürich and Berlin and held visiting positions and at the CCA Montreal, Humboldt University Berlin, NYU, CEU Budapest and Akademie Schloss Solitude. He was also a member of the research group “Communicating Disaster” at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (ZiF) Bielefeld. He has published widely in the above areas.

Yasmina Reggad

Yasmina Reggad is an independent curator and writer based in London, who works between London, Paris and Algiers. She holds an MA in Middle Ages History from the Sorbonne University and is presently Programme Curator at aria (artist residency in Algiers) and Exhibition and Projects Manager at Delfina Foundation. Reggad’s research focuses on the politics of futurity, as well as on alternative models of art education. Her recent curatorial projects include a series of evenings of performance at Delfina Foundation, UK; Puppetmaster by Adrian Lee at DJART Biennal, Algeria; Djazaïr at John Jones Art, UK; Intervening Space: From the Intimate to the World, The Mosaic Rooms, UK; Sketches of Algiers 1 by Amina Menia, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, UK. She is currently curating We Can’t Be There. Emergency Provisions for (Un) Anticipated Futures, a 6-month series of public events taking place across Goldsmiths University, Tate Modern, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Delfina Foundation. Reggad publishes essays and articles on photography and contemporary art, takes part in several juries, and is regularly called upon to participate in panel discussions and talks for organisations and galleries such as the Delfina Foundation, Goldsmiths University, Cornerhouse in the United Kingdom, Sharjah Art Foundation in the UAE, Villa Arson in France and Casa Tomada in Brazil.

Bernd Kräftner

Bernd Kräftner is an artist and researcher. He has realized numerous transdisciplinary research projects on and at the interfaces of science, society and art. He is a founder of the research group “Shared Inc.” (Research Centre for Shared Incompetence) and teaches at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna at the Departments of Art & Science and Digital Art.

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Date & Time

27 June 2015 at 14.00–16.30