Dark Nights of the Universe

Recess, in conjunction with The Public School New York, Presents:


Dark Nights of the Universe
et nox sicut dies illuminabitur


A four-night theoretical exploration of mysticism in dialogue with Du noir univers, a text by François Laruelle.

April 26th – 29th, 2012
Classes nightly at 7pm

Night I: Eugene Thacker – Remote: The Forgetting of the World
Clodagh Emoe – Mystical Anarchism. Screening and discussion. Introduced by Simon Critchley.

Night II: Daniel Colucciello Barber – Whylessness: The Universe is Deaf and Blind.  

Night III: Nicola Masciandaro – Secret: No Light Has Ever Seen the Black Universe

Night IV: Alexander Galloway – Rocket: Present at Every Point of the Remote

Classes will begin at 7pm. Visitors are welcome to join each day or a selection of days.

Recess will house a temporary library of relevant texts, which visitors may browse and annotate freely throughout Recess’s public hours and during the classes.  The exhibition will feature visual works by  Clodagh Emoe and Aaron Mette, and audio works by Eugene Thacker and Taku Unami.

Daniel Colucciello Barber, Simon Critchley, Clodagh Emoe, Alexander Galloway, Nicola Masciandaro, Aaron Mette, Eugene Thacker, and Taku Unami.

Download Du noir univers. The English edition of this essay was first translated and published by Miguel Abreu as “Of Black Universe in the Human Foundations of Color” in the catalogue Hyun Soo Choi: Seven Large-Scale Paintings (New York: Thread Waxing Space, 1991): 2-4. It has been reproduced here with a few slight modifications. The original French essay, titled “Du noir univers: dans les fondations humaines de la couleur,” was published in La Décision philosophique 5 (April 1988): 107-112.

Audio archive of the series available here.

RSVP encouraged: click here.

Download the press release.

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For image request or more information contact info@recessactivities.org.

Special Thanks To: 


The Public School is a platform for collaborative, autodidactic activity. It is a school with no curriculum, where people teach themselves, together. Classes begin when someone proposes a subject they want to learn more about or teach, and how they might want to learn about it or teach it. The Public School is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system.

and to

Paulist Press for their generous in-kind contribution.



Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology for their generous support.



 Culture Ireland  for their generous support.