Quick commentary from Progressive Geographies on Sloterdijk’s talk at the Tate. I was also there with RHUL colleagues Harriet Hawkins and Craig Martin. Although it was a bit disappointing that Nigel Thrift wasn’t there, I enjoyed the talk and the discussion. It was also interesting to hear Sloterdijk’s voice. Even though he is a prominent speaker I’ve only ever read his work. I’d describe it as a little like Michael Gambon’s, quite deep and resonant.

Progressive Geographies

Went to the Sloterdijk talk at the Tate yesterday. Nigel Thrift unfortunately couldn’t be there, so his place was taken by his Warwick colleague Ralf Rogowski. Rogowski gave an introduction and then Sloterdijk gave a talk. It was billed as more of a conversation than it actually was – Sloterdijk gave a very good introduction to and overview of his Spheres project, and then moved to reading a lecture that he said had been translated for him. The lecture was on ‘Spatialised Immunity’ and related to a number of themes in Spheres. I thought he was much better and more engaging when off script, and spoke for a long time. Rogowski then asked a few questions, and took a few from the audience. As he was when I’ve seen him speak before Sloterdijk didn’t always answer the questions, but he was usually interesting in replying to them…

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