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Grothendieck & A Theory of Contemporary Transgression

Instructor: Fernando Zalamea Guests: Robin Mackay, Reza Negarestani, Christopher Vitale, Lucca Fraser, Knebel, Guerino Mazzola, & Giraud Credit: Date & Time: October 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, & 24th 6:30 - 8:30 PM EST (except the 24th: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST)

Professor Zalamea‘s lectures will introduce the groundbreaking work of twentieth century French mathematician Alexander Grothendieck in relation to the work of C.S. Peirce, Novalis, P. Valéry, theories of topoi and sheaves, networks, art, and music, towards a generalized theory of transgression for mathematics, philosophy, and contemporary culture in our transmodern world.

*In Conjunction with the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute, at Pratt Manhattan Campus, The New Centre for Research & Practice will be live-streaming the lectures.

DESCRIPTION
The lectures (90′ lecture, 30′ discussion) will address the heritage of Alexander GROTHENDIECK (1928-2014, perhaps the greatest mathematician of the XXth Century), from an all encompassing perspective where mathematics, philosophy, literature, art and music come together to propose a large THEORY for the understanding of (local/global) obstructions/transits (=TRANSGRESSIONS) in our CONTEMPORARY world.

A dialogue will be proposed between Grothendieck’s mathematical ideas, explained along their rich conceptuality, and many dense expressions of contemporary thought (Collapse, Networkologies, Topos of Music, Glass Bead). The dialogue will be further supported on an underlying dialectics of transformation in the past 200 years (1800: Novalis; 1900: Peirce, Florensky, Valéry, Warburg; 2000: Czech’s Atlas of Transformation – AoT).


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Session 1: Grothendieck’s Main Mathematical Ideas – Sheaves, Schema, Topoi, and Motives
SLIDES FOR SESSION ONE
 
Session 2: Philosophical Themes of Grothendieck’s work as Theoretical Approach to Our Transmodern World
SLIDES FOR SESSION TWO
 
Session 3: Sheaves and a Local/Global Theory of Gluing – Novalis, Pierce, and Collapse
SLIDES FOR SESSION THREE
 
Session 4: Shemes and a Theory of Non-Separation – Novalis, Florensky, and Networkologies
SLIDES FOR SESSION FOUR
 
Session 5: Topoi and A Gestural Theory of Space – Novalis, Valery, and Music
SLIDES FOR SESSION FIVE
 
Session 6: Motives and a Theory of Diagrammatic Synthesis – Novalis, Warburg, and the Glass Bead Game
SLIDES FOR SESSION SIX
 
“Why Zalamea Matters: Philosophy, Media, and Culture,” by Christopher Vitale, Assoc. Professor of Media Studies at Pratt Institute
SLIDES FOR VITALE TALK
 
Session 7. Saturday, Oct. 24: Final Roundtable on Contemporary Transgression (with Zalamea, Mackay, Negarestani, Vitale, Mazzola, and other guests)
SLIDES FOR VITALE SECTION OF ROUND TABLE
 


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