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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Sreshta Rit Premnath


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 411, 63 Fifth Avenue.

Sessions are devoted to discussion of pre-circulated papers that can be downloaded one week in advance by clicking on the presentation title below.


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Sreshta Rit Premnath


SRESHTA RIT PREMNATH, the 2016-17 GIDEST Artist-in-Residence, works in multiple media including photography, sculpture, video and installation. He is the founder and editor of the publication Shifter since 2004, and Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Parsons. Originally from Bangalore, India, Rit lives and works in New York.

Rit has had solo exhibitions at the Nomas Foundation, Rome; Kansas Gallery, New York; Gallery SKE, Bangalore; The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Wave Hill, New York; Art Statements, Art Basel; as well as numerous group exhibitions at venues including the Queens Museum, New York; YBCA, San Francisco; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 1A Space, Hong Kong and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

For his GIDEST seminar, Rit will present a series of projects that rethink the archives of such figures as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the artists Edward Krasinski and Andre Cadere. In each project, Rit transposes the protagonists' conceptual framework onto a different historical, linguistic or cultural register. Through his contextual displacements Rit proposes new ways of considering conceptual methodologies that appear historically calcified.

Earlier Event: March 31
Julia Foulkes
Later Event: April 21
Daniel Sauter