21 July 2017
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Art in a Time of Interregnum
The Art in a Time of Interregnum Summer School brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. This course will discuss the interregnum, the precariat, contemporary constructions of “we,” the posthuman, the Anthropocene, the unraveling legacies of western modernity, and the challenges of contemporary fascisms with a thematic inquiry into forms of artistic expression that shift and are relevant to contemporary destabilizations; art contributing a space for envisioning ways of being together otherwise.
This summer school begins from the understanding that ours is a time of interregnum—a time of ongoing transition. Much in the sense of political thinker Antonio Gramsci’s understanding of crisis, these times are rife with a “great variety of morbid symptoms” as ruling structures prove, in their grasping at “coercive force,” to no longer be sustainable; “the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” As social, geopolitical, economic, and technological structures rapidly change, along with the unraveling legacies of western modernity, and with ongoing recompositions of class, global migration, and the endurability of the planet, so transform ideas, practices, and meanings of resistance, coming together, identity, activist and artistic practice, and collectivity and closeness—as well as the notions of artistic production, the (art) institution, and the public. How, then, does art relate to a contemporary as such? How to think art under such circumstances, and how to think about the contemporary with and through art in order to build space for envisioning ways of being together otherwise?
The Art in a Time of Interregnum Summer School brings together artists, curators, art theorists, and academics to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that work to grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. Concepts of the precariat, the challenges of contemporary fascisms, contemporary constructions of “we,” the posthuman, the Anthropocene, etc. will be discussed with a thematic inquiry into forms of artistic expression relevant to contemporary destabilizations.
In order to address these questions, the Summer School will draw upon BAK research conducted within two interrelated projects, FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2013–ongoing). The former develops a critical understanding of the legacies of 1989’s radical resistance to power in order to reevaluate the global present and speculate about global futures. The latter attempts to act out concrete propositions that explore shifts in the existing conceptual vocabularies within artistic, intellectual, and activist practices. Artists, curators, activists, and theorists will convene workshops, presentations, study groups, screenings, and lectures.
This is an advanced, interdisciplinary course designed for artists, curators, art theorists, academics, MA/MFA level or higher students, and professionals in the fields of art and social change.
In times of rapidly changing political, economic, and global structures, as well as transformations in the meanings of art production, (art) institution, and audience, this course aims to explore the question of how, through art, we can envision and practice ways of being together otherwise.
Certificate of Attendance
EUR 650: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 450: Course + course materials
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