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F(r)ictions of Art

Final Conference of the International Research Training Group 'InterArt' Berlin, June 25–27, 2015 „A wheel turns because of its encounter with the surface of the road; spinning in the air it goes nowhere“ (Anna L. Tsing 2005)

Jun 11, 2015

Call for Participation

(Post-)Doctoral Workshop with W.J.T. Mitchell June 29 th , 2015 10 am to 2 pm   Freie Universität Berlin Grunewaldstr. 34 12165 Berlin   organized by Dr. Svea Bräunert and Dr. Frauke Surmann     The International Research Training Groups “InterArt” and “Visibility and Visualization” will hold a joint reading and discussion workshop with W.J.T. Mitchell,Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. W.J.T. Mitchell is editor of the interdisciplinary journal  Critical Inquiry , a quarterly devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences. A scholar and theorist of media, visual art, and literature, he is associated with the emergent research fields of visual culture and iconology.His publications include:  Cloning Terror  (2011);  What Do Pictures Want?  (2005);  Picture Theory  (1994)  Iconology  (1987); and  The Language of Images  (1980).   The workshop will take place on Monday, June 29 th  from 10 am to 2 pm at Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to PhD students and postdocs of the respective research training groups as well as for PhD students and postdocs of affiliated programs. Basis for discussion is W.J.T. Mitchell’s essay “What Do Pictures Want?” In: Mitchell:  What Do Pictures Want?  Chicago, London: Chicago UP 2005: 28-57.   If you would like to participate in the workshop, please formulate a 250-word abstract indicating a question, observation or comment you would like to discuss based on your reading of the text. During the workshop, you will be asked to give a 5-minute input briefly explicating your submission.   To apply for the workshop, please send your abstract together with your name, affiliation, field of research, and the title of your dissertation to  interart@zedat.fu-berlin.de , header line “WS Mitchell”.  The deadline for applications is June 12, 2015.  We will notify successful candidates and send out the final program by June 22 nd  at the latest.

May 26, 2015

The Art of Protest

In recent protest movements a new interrelation between politics and the arts has become manifest. Instantaneous choreographies of bodies in public spaces, provisional stages and tent cities providing experimental sites for political negotiation and the embodiment of radical democracy: Contemporary political protest movements are inseparably linked to artistic means which, in return, determine the material and symbolic constitution of public space. This lecture series focuses on this new aesthetic of protest and respective forms of politics. It examines the mutual transformations of art and the public sphere that are being created through the poetic, visual, and performative materialization of politics in global protest movements. Concept: Dr.  Sarah Dornhof, Dr. Frauke Surmann   Thursdays  18.15 – 20.00 h; Start : 16.04.2015 (Exceptions: on May 13th & June 24th on Wednesdays)   Building Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem, Seminarzentrum, Room L 113, U3 Dahlem-Dorf or Thielplatz; Bus 110, M11 On April 30th & June 11th the events take place in the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin: Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstr. 97, 10435 Berlin (U2 Eberswalderstr.)  http://www.artofprotest.org

Apr 08, 2015

Situating Global Art

“Situating Global Art” interrogates the relation between an increasing globalization of the art discourse and the situatedness of art practices. Since the early 1990s, the term “global art” has been established to call attention to poly-centered, plural, and transnational art worlds under postcolonial conditions. Yet, the process of globalizing art may also be criticized for producing its own hegemonic and exclusive effects. The conference therefore brings into focus recent practices of art, curating, historiography and criticism that are connected to the global art discourse while at the same time attempting to queer or resist new hegemonic narratives. Scrutinizing the dynamics that unfold between the institutionalization of “global art” and situated art practices, “Situating Global Art” asks how contemporary local, traditional, indigenous, or tribal forms of artistic critique contribute to reconfigure notions of both the global and the local, thus challenging homogenizing conceptions of art in the age of globalization.  Entry and admission is free of charge. For further information please visit:  situating-global-art.org

Jan 21, 2015

Colonializations of the Aesthetic

Summer term 2014, Thursdays (except June, 11), from 6 - 8 p.m. Hörsaal des Instituts für Theaterwissenschaft, Grunewaldstr. 35, 12165 Berlin-Steglitz More information...

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Feb 10, 2014

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