Konstfack Higher Seminar: Aaron Schuster

Date and time
February 22, 2018, at 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)

"Kollontai's theory--The Revolution must destroy marriage"
From Dušan Makavejev, W.R. The Mysteries of the Organism (1971)

Though in the West the idea of sexual revolution is bound up with the social movements of the 1960s, the October Revolution was also a sexual revolution, bringing about significant legal changes in Soviet society as well as provoking debates about the nature of love, sexuality, and the family and the place of sexuality in the revolutionary struggle. In this seminar we will focus on how Kollontai, in her writings, imagined and promoted a radical change in sexual life, an Eros appropriate for a society in which property relations no longer dominated human relations. We will focus in particular on her notion of "game love," taken from Grete Meisel-Hess, and also compare Kollontai's ideas with those of Andrei Platonov, expressed in his satirical brochure "The Anti-Sexus."

Aaron Schuster is a philosopher and writer, based in Amsterdam. He is the author of The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis (MIT Press, 2016). He is a former fellow at the ICI Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin, and at the Center for Advanced Studies, Rijeka, Croatia; in 2016 he was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. His writing has appeared in Cabinet, e-flux journal, and Frieze, among other journals and publications. He is currently working on two books: Sovereignty, Inc.: Three Inquiries on Enjoyment and Politics (University of Chicago Press) and Spasm: A Philosophy of Tickling (Cabinet Books).

Andrei Platonov, The Anti-Sexus
Aaron Schuster, Sex and Anti-Sex
Alexandra Kollontai, Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth
Alexandra Kollontai, Love and the New Morality
Grete Meisel-Hess, The Sexual Crisis: A Critique of Our Sex Life, Chapter XI: The Sport of Love

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Doctoral Programme in Art, Technology and Design

Updated: 31 January 2018