The Infrastructure Summit

freethought’s programme for the 2016 Bergen Assembly launches with The Infrastructure Summit, a two-day discursive and performative event with internationally renowned writers, curators and artists investigating the nature of infrastructure in times of economic disparity, ecological catastrophe, expulsion and forced migration. Talks and intensive discussions led by freethought are complemented by food, film, live performance and music.

freethought (Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Massimiliano Mollona, Louis Moreno, and Nora Sternfeld), Denise Ferreira da Silva, Hallucinator (Edward George and Anna Piva), Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Clément Layes / Public in Private, Tom McCarthy, Andy Merrifield, Fred Moten, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Arjuna Neuman, Elizabeth Povinelli, Paul B. Preciado, Paul Purgas, Hannah Sawtell, TASC Ablett & Brafield, Wu Tsang, Hypatia Vourloumis, and The Partisan Café (Jenny Moore, Freja Bäckman, Kabir Carter, Tora Endestad Bjørkheim, Johnny Herbert, and Arne Skaug-Olsen).

Alongside each day’s programme of presentations and discussions, The Infrastructure Summit hosts several performative, reflective and communal moments across the weekend:
The debut screening of a new anime film Delete Beach, produced for Bergen Assembly by artist Phil Collins.
The Norwegian premiere of Things that turround us, a performance by Public in Private / Clément Layes, hosted in partnership with BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen).
Infrasonic, a night of electronic music inspired by and exploring the sonic dimensions of the infrastructural condition with Hallucinator (Edward George and Anna Piva), Hannah Sawtell, Paul Purgas, and Louis Moreno (freethought).
Lunch provided by Bergen artists TASC ABLETT & BRAFIELD.


Fri 2.9.2016
Opening performance

Public in Private / Clément Layes: Things that surround us

Sat 3.9.2016

9.30AM – 10.30AM
Registration & coffee

10.30AM – 6.30PM
Presentations and discussion with Irit Rogoff, Adrian Heathfield, Elizabeth Povinelli, Tom McCarthy, Massimiliano Mollona, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Nora Sternfeld, Fred Moten, Wu Tsang, Hypatia Vourloumis, Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, and Stefano Harney.

Performance (repeat)

Things that surround us, Public in Private / Clément Layes

9PM – 1AM
Infrasonic with Hallucinator, Hannah Sawtell, Paul Purgas and Louis Moreno.

Sun 4.9.2016
10AM – 11AM
Registration & coffee


Presentations and discussion from Paul B. Preciado, Adrian Heathfield, Louis Moreno, Andy Merrifield, Stefano Harney, Arjuna Neuman, Denise Ferreira da Silva, and The Partisan Café (Nora Sternfeld, Jenny Moore, Freja Bäckman, Kabir Carter, Tora Endestad Bjørkheim, Johnny Herbert, and Arne Skaug-Olsen).

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