How to Purposefully Forget Things

October 7-29, 2016

Stephen Sewell


For his first solo exhibition at academic, Stephen Sewell presents How to Purposefully Forget Things, a performance lecture, and an installation of research materials and video work.

How to Purposefully Forget Things takes its title from a self-help web article and presents the suggested methods for forgetting in relation to a history of the art of memory and the recent ‘Right to be Forgotten’ ruling by the European Court of Justice. Through the intersections of legal, historical, and speculative approaches to memory the performance attempts to map out the fragmented and distracted nature of memory in what has been referred to as the ‘Knowledge Economy’.

Stephen Sewell (b. 1987) is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, and labor rights activist. He has attended the Art & Law Program, The Mountain School of Arts, and received an MFA from the University of Washington. He is an active member of the Art Handlers Alliance of NY (AHA-NY) and in 2015 co-curated the exhibition Just Cause : Bad Faith – Art Workers’ Activism and Organizing in NYC and Beyond at Interference Archive. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College.

This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of Art Handlers Alliance of New York (AHA-NY), Immediate Medium, and Teamsters Local 814.