Symposium “Event in artistic and political practices”
In contemporary artistic, media and philosophical discourses the notion of the 'event' has gained considerable currency. Since the 1990s the event has been central to a range of performative, media-based, socially and politically engaged artists' work, as well as in artists' involvement in/with non-artistic projects and practices ranging from political protest to scientific research. The growth of interest towards the potentials of art openly working with reception and/or participation as its methods has also lead to institutional commissions of this type of artistic work. For the institutions event-based art has triggered entirely new questions about the documentation and preservation of artistic practices.
While the concept of the 'event' has been extensively elaborated upon in some fields – for instance, in theatre studies, urban studies and especially in philosophy (Alain Badiou, Brian Massumi, Gilles Deleuze/Felix Guattari), in recent art history and cultural theory, there are still few attempts of theorization.
This conference sets out to articulate the meaning of the 'event' in relation to artistic, media-based and performative cultural practices. We invite presentations articulating the range of performative, conceptual, media-based, game-based, relational, participatory and other practices that can be approached as events. Elaborations on the methodological issues of studying events are also welcomed.
We invite proposals for papers around the topic of event. Papers may include but not be limited by the following themes:
events as artistic and activist practices
events and social media
immateriality and/or materiality of events
event and neoliberal production of culture
event as post-fordist paradigm
curating and mediating events
event and the hierarchies of the art world
documenting and archiving of artistic and media-based events
affect and event
transformations, transfers and translations of events
enactment and re-enactment in artistic practices
artistic and global protest
event, spectacle and détournement
Please submit abstracts (max 300 words) and a short bio (max 150 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for submissions is 29 October 2012. Participants will be notified within November.
Lectoraat Art and Public Space, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam; Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam; Master Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Art (KABK) and Royal Conservatoire, The Hague
Margaret Tali, PhD Candidate
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis
Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam 1012 VB
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