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Clandestine Talk – Power


Online talk with

Sven Biscop, Sarah Khabirpour & Geert Lovink



Lara Favaretto’s series of ‘clandestine talks’ are intended to deconstruct fifty ‘key words’ via a hidden discourse that takes place – according to the artist’s instructions – in a ‘bunker-like’ environment (an undisclosed, protected, and soundproof location within or close to the institution). These ‘key words’ are described by the artist as ‘vital and relevant to dissecting and redefining our present moment’. Each discussion involves three to seven participants, meeting behind closed doors and without a public audience for an undefined period of time during one day. The speakers are rigorously selected by the artist, connecting a variety of disciplines and areas of expertise to bring together different perspectives on the subjects. Each talk is broadcast as a live audio stream, as well as being transcribed and published on the website

Sven Biscop is an academic and professor based in Brussels. Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop read political sciences at Ghent University, where he obtained his PhD, and where he is now a professor lecturing on strategy. In addition, he is the Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, the think-tank associated with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sarah Khabirpour is currently an independent administrator based in Luxembourg. She has over eighteen years’ experience in legal, strategic and regulatory positions in the private and public sector. As Chief Compliance officer for the Banque de Luxembourg from 2017–20, she focused on reinforcing the Compliance framework and department.

Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author based in Amsterdam. He is the author of Uncanny Networks (2002), Dark Fiber (2002), My First Recession (2003), Zero Comments (2007), Networks Without a Cause (2012), Social Media Abyss (2016), Organisation after Social Media (with Ned Rossiter, 2018) and Sad by Design (2019).

Lara Favaretto, Thinking Head: Clandestine Talks 2017– ongoing
Lara Favaretto, "Thinking Head: Clandestine Talks", 2017– ongoing
© Photo: Ela Bialkowska / Courtesy of the artist