A one-day conference on Art and the 'New' World Disorder. Can we begin to discern the emergence of a new artistic practice that is political in a strict sense, that is to say, a form of art deliberately articulated by the artist in opposition to particular forms of transnational hegemonies (imperialism, globalisation or in a more localised way, the belligerent role of nations and terrorist networks)?
A one-day conference on Art and the 'New' World Disorder
Saturday 3 April 2004, 10.00-18.00hrs
There are still a few tickets available for this one day conference that will addresses the relationship between art and the political in the light of recent global events.
It is a well-known fact that, the resonating power of Ground Zero extends far beyond its static role as a memorial to those who died at the site on 11 September 2001. It brings to the very heart of Western culture the presence of those it once marginalised. This dramatic event, alongside the birth of the anti-globalisation movement has had the effect of calling for an urgent re-evaluation of what we understand by the political in art.
Can we begin to discern the emergence of a new artistic practice that is political in a strict sense, that is to say, a form of art deliberately articulated by the artist in opposition to particular forms of transnational hegemonies (imperialism, globalisation or in a more localised way, the belligerent role of nations and terrorist networks)?
This central question has three aspects. Firstly, it is an attempt to circumvent the commonplace notion that 'all art is political'. Secondly, it is an attempt to rethink the political in art independently of discourses surrounding identity. Finally, this central question wishes to challenge the idea that for a range of reasons - including amongst others the fall of communism, globalisation, the lack of adequate theory and the appropriation of critique by the institution - we are unable to think in strict political terms and that there are no properly political debates in the public sphere of art.
This conference is not an attempt to generate an all embracing ordering of the various artistic activisms that have emerged either since September 11th, or the birth of the anti-capitalist movement (as seen in the demonstrations in Seattle, Genoa and elsewhere), but rather offers a basis for reflection on a series of disparate and interconnected actions and processes in art today across many continents.
Morning session 10.30 Â 13.30hrs:
Jean-Paul Martinon, lecturer, Goldsmiths College, London will address a short introductory paper
Dr. Michael Hirsch, lecturer in Political Philosophy at Frankfurt University will address the notion of subversion in art. Hirsch teaches contemporary political philosophy in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Frankfurt.
Dr. Chantal Mouffe, Quentin Hogg Research Fellow in Politics in The Department of Politics at the University of Westminster will address the notion of oppositionality in art. Mouffe is a political theorist and the author of several books including The Return of the Political (1993), and The Democratic Paradox (2000).
This session will be chaired by Craig Richardson, lecturer, Fine Arts, Oxford Brooks College, University of Oxford.
Afternoon session 14.30 Â 18.00hrs:
Jananne Al-Ani, artist and independent curator. Her recent projects include Veil: Veiling, Representation and Contemporary Art, an in/VA touring show that examined one of the most powerful symbols in contemporary culture.
Subodh Gupta, artist, will address the problematic issues raised by working between two continents. Gupta has been included in Tree from the Seed, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; the Asian Section of the Kwangju Biennial, South Korea; and the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan. Gupta's first solo show in London opens at The Showroom on 6 April 2004.
In the image an installation by Subodh Gupta
Richard Noble, political theorist and philosopher, lecturer in critical studies at Goldsmiths College, London
This session will be chaired by Jean-Paul Martinon, lecturer, Goldsmiths
Tickets: Â£30/Concessions: Â£15
Places limited to 70, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
To book, please call The Showroom on 020 8983 4115.
The Showroom is supported by Arts Council England.
Project supported through Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Fund.
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