Lecture series organized by International Research Training Group »Interart« and the International Research Center »Interweaving Performance Cultures«, Freie Universität Berlin
Concept: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Anne Breimaier, Dr. Mark A. Halawa, Andrea Sakoparnig, Dr. Christel Weiler
The dominant influence of aesthetic practices and norms in everyday life, detectable in the increasing aestheticization of the public sphere and the constant innovation of the self-fashioned 'creative self', has become one of the defining characteristics of contemporary experience. Just as the individual's interaction with these practices is guided and defined by societal trends, the same hegemonic expansion of aesthetic behaviors and categories can be observed in the commercial and critical publics of art and academia. This lecture series will present examples of "Colonializations of the Aesthetic" in order to investigate the socio-historical context of this 'expansion' in norms and practices, and to systematically interrogate the distinctly Western hegemony of the Aesthetic.