Summer Institute 2018 session I
DIS Collective

Summer Institute Session I
DIS: “Thumbs that Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network”

June 25 – July 7, 2018
Summer Party & Open Studio: July 7, 2018

Guest Speakers:
Tuesday, June 26 | 6pm: Screening of Reparation Hardware and artist talk with Ilana Harris-Babou
Friday, June 29 | 6pm: Talk by Architect Nerea Calvillo
Tuesday, July 3 | 6pm: Screening of 60 million Americans can’t be wrong and artist talk with Christopher Kulendran Thomas
Thursday, July 5 | 6pm:  Talk by Economist Evelyn Forget
Date TBD:  Artist Talk with Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Video Speaker Series:
Open to the Public:
Monday, June 25 | 4pm: Screening of The Seasteaders and Conversation with Daniel Keller and Jacob Hurwitz Goodman
Wednesday, June 27 | 6pm: Conversation with Hannah Black
Friday, June 29 | 11am: Conversation with Simon Denny

Summer Institute Only:
Thursday, June 28 | 11am: Screening of Hyperstition (segments) by Christopher Roth in collaboration with Armen Avanessian followed by conversation with Avanessian
Saturday, June 30 | Time TBD: Conversation with Jon Rafman

June 25- July 7, 2018
DIS: “Thumbs that Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network”

A guide for this brave new world that might help us understand how to be and how to live, love, and work in our bodies in this techno-capitalist context. – Marco Roso

For Session I of our Summer Institute research program, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present DIS. Over the duration of the Institute Marco Roso and collaborators will facilitate “Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network”. The session will be grounded in discussions that centre on media and the visual arts; offering directed, one-on-one conversations with Roso and guests, as well as group activities that privilege participants and their ongoing work.

The seminar circles around a series of exhibitions organized by DIS and framed by, a new streaming edutainment platform. Through direct engagement with the artists of, the session will contemplate a series of linked concerns, including: the nature of belonging in a rootless-seeming, networked world; the changing relationship to the ways one owns, lends or gives time through occupations, bodies, or other forms of value-creation. Some of the topics DIS will covered will be: Money: what is it?; information consumption; the future of citizenship; reparations; love and humor.

Participants will engage in a series of exercises and activities in response to the themes of the Institute. These will range in form and approach, and may include the production of short videos, bike rides, city walks, screenings and guest lectures. Participants will be encouraged to produce individual work generated through our collective thinking and peer-to-peer engagement. The workshop is open to visual artists of all kinds as well as writers, critics and scholars.

DIS is a New York based collective best known for DIS Magazine (2010-2017), and curating the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2016). DIS has become an umbrella for a number of networked and collaborative platforms – all of which reimagine one format or another.

Today DIS is focused on While remaining true to the novel approaches to critical inquiry that defined life as a magazine, DIS is now focused on redefining entertainment and education through the new streaming platform on

DIS enlists writers, filmmakers, and artists to offer new forms of genre-bending edutainment that help cut through the atomization and polarization that defines the noisy, disjointed mediasphere. In the last century, public television programming meant that quality information, education and artistic formats could go hand in hand.

DIS Summer Institute Participants:
Chris Andrews, Stephanie Berrington, Ibai Gorriti, Brian Hunter, Instant Coffee (Jinhan Ko and Sunny Lee), Ryan Josey, Jaz Papadopoulos, John Patterson, Shaylyn Plett, Erica Stocking, Xin Xin