Radical Freedom | We Have Decided Not to Die

A conversation with Arakawa + Gins, Arthur C. Danto and others on freedom, dying, and aging


Fields of Knowledge
  • Design
  • Philosophy / Theory
  • Public culture

Organizing Institutions



Aaron Levy, Jean-Michel Rabaté


Helena Rubenstein Foundation

Opens to public



ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts
601 West 26th St #302
New York City, NY 10001


0% Formal - 100% Informal

  • Arakawa gins
  • Slought in transit

Slought is pleased to announce "Radical Freedom | We Have Decided Not to Die | Reversible Destiny | Making Dying Illegal | Taking Evolution into our Own Hands - Radical Aging," a public conversation with Arakawa + Gins, Arthur C. Danto, and Don Ihde, introduced by Jean-Michel Rabaté and Aaron Levy. This event will take place at ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts in New York City on Thursday, November 29, 2007 from 6:30-7:30pm, and has been organized in anticipation of the Second International Arakawa + Gins Architecture + Philosophy Conference/Congress at Slought and the University of Pennsylvania in April 2007.

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Since 1963, artists-architects-poets Arakawa and Madeline Gins have worked in collaboration to produce visionary, boundary-defying art and architecture. Their seminal work, The Mechanism of Meaning, has been exhibited widely throughout the world. A sequel to that, To Not To Die, appeared in 1987. Gins and Arakawa have exhibited jointly throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. Their exhibition, "Site of Reversible Destiny," was on view at the Guggenheim Museum Soho in December 1997 and won the College Art Association's Exhibition of the Year award.

Arakawa's large-scale paintings are in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world. Gins's published works include the avant-garde classic, What the President Will Say or Do!!, and an innovative arthistorical novel, Helen Keller or Arakawa.

The project has also been organized in conjunction with Slought in New York, an archival exploration into the activities of the Philadelphia-based Slought, on display from November 29-December 15, 2007 at ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts, and "In Defense of Sloth," a collaboration with Cabinet Magazine sponsored by the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union, New York.

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