The Future of Care
With Chloë Bass and Hannah Zeavin; Made possible through a collaboration between the Brooklyn Public Library and Art World Conference
The first 150 registered attendees who provide a domestic mailing address by August 24 will receive a package created by artist Chloë Bass. The delivery will merge virtual and physical worlds to create a shared experience beyond the Zoom screen.
In this last year, heightened by the circumstances of the pandemic, there has emerged a greater recognition of the need for care in our social infrastructure, our relationships with each other, and our relationships with ourselves. At the same time, modes of care have become increasingly technological and at screen’s length from our embodied lives; when we are in-person, we too are distant. Care can describe itself or its absence:
you can forget your cares, or be the person that care forgot. Care can be another name for carelessness or harm itself. Join artist Chloë Bass and scholar and critic Hannah Zeavin for a conversation about the many meanings of care, care’s potential violence, and the renewed importance of translating between digital and material form.
Bass’ artistic work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy; this conversation is connected with her current public exhibition The Parts, a series of architectural photo- and text-based interventions that consider the registers of personal and public experience as they become living history. Zeavin’s scholarship focuses on the role technology plays in human relationships. Her first book, The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy (MIT Press, 2021) elaborates a theory of “distanced intimacy” by looking at connection and dislocation in the vulnerable encounter between patients and therapists, from Freud to Fanon, from suicide hotlines to AI friends.