Emotional Identification and Abjection. A lecture by Mieke Kolk

“Migrancy…involves a movement in which neither point of departure nor those of arrival are immutable or certain. It calls for dwelling in language, histories, in identities that are constant subject to mutation” (Chambers, 1994) Allthough the discourse on non-western arts is often still dominated by a –positive or negative – binding to western origins and […]

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Inventing Skins. Reinventing Community. A lecture by Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira

Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira presents in his lecture two topics: Firstly, what does it mean to “invent a skin” in Literature and Art in Brazil? Secondly, how does the use of the word “skin” allow us to better understand artistic practices in reinventing communities. In the first part, he presents the concept of “Inventing Skins” […]

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Divided We Stand or Revolutionary Love in the Making. A lecture by Katarzyna Bojarska

If as Ernst van Alphen claims, «affect is the opposite of personal: it is social.» What it means is not so much that affects are not owned by individuals but rather, that their very origin is social, they are produced by and in interactions with numerous agent such as other people (their bodies most specifically) […]

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An Introduction to the Symposium «Crisis and Communitas»

Crisis is a term increasingly heard these days – climate crisis, migration crisis, crisis of representation, identity, masculinity… Contemporary societies often react to crises by installing mechanisms of classification and order. Identitarian communities perceive themselves as an antidote to personal and social crises. On 14 and 15 November 2019, the symposium «Crisis and Communitas. Performative […]

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The Avant-Garde of Destitution. A lecture by Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen

Within art historical scholarship it is customary to argue that the avant-garde disappeared with World War Two or at the latest in the 1960’s. As Rosalind Krauss writes in her influential essay “The Originality of the Avant-Garde”: “The historical period that the avant-garde shared with modernism is over.” Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen argues in his lecture […]

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Das poetographische Projekt «Winterthur» – ein kommunitärer Epos

Das poetographische Projekt «Winterthur» zielt darauf ab, eine poetische Karte Winterthurs anzulegen, um den Namen einer Stadt mit seinen Stimmen zu füllen. Gelingen soll das durch Eydus – kurze Gedichte à 5-7-5 Silben über zentrale sowie periphere Orte, die von Winterthurer*innen eingeschickt und vom Kulturmagazin Coucou monatlich abgedruckt werden. Das Projekt startete im Dezember 2018. […]

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Polish Transformation: Community Crisis and Question of Ephemerality in Arts. A lecture by Dorota Sosnowska

The process of political and economic transformation which started in Poland in late eighties is narrated in terms of regaining freedom and establishing democracy. The end of totalitarian regime brought the end of censorship, of political persecution, the beginning of the free market and free flow of commodities. But on the other hand Polish transformation […]

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Kunstwerk des egalitären Austausches. Die Robert-Walser-Skulptur von Thomas Hirschhorn

Thomas Hirschhorn schafft skulpturale Werke, die Züge der Rhizomtheorie von Gilles Deuleuze und Félix Guattari aufweisen. Das Rhizom nach Deleuze und Guattari beschreibt ein Netzwerk, in dem es keine Hierarchien und feste Positionen gibt und alles mit allem verbunden ist. Diese Charakteristika greift der Schweizer Künstler in seinen Arbeiten auf. Es sind oftmals begehbare Skulpturen, […]

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«The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is: it’s to imagine what’s possible» – A lecture by Marc Streit

«With my initiatives I intend to gather people and foster real encounters – collective experiences. I consider art as a metaphorical exile, a place of resistance and action, that can and should create new perspectives and new meanings. I understand myself as a connecter, collaborator, organizer, contextualizer, producer, and host in the field of contemporary […]

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Gemeinschaft auf Hügeln: Kunst und Natur

Die jugoslawische Künstlergruppe OHO (1965-71) entschied auf dem Gipfel ihrer Bekanntheit, sich aufzulösen und in der Gemeinde Šempas in Slowenien eine Kommune zu gründen. Bojan Brecelj dokumentierte 1977 das Leben der Gemeinschaft fotografisch. Beim visuellen Einblick in das gestaltete Leben in der Natur drängen sich Assoziationen zu einer anderen Gemeinschaft auf: die Kolonie auf dem Monte Verità zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Eine Bezugnahme in Bildern.

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Towards an Aesthetics of Common/s: Beyond Participation and its Post

What is produced in the process beyond the community and the social? And what material and discursive results are created by participatory practices and artworks? Magda Tyżlik-Carver looks at Yoko Ono’s Cut Pieces and at the social sphere of social media to consider what aesthetics of common/s might be in a post-participatory age.

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