EXILE, DIASPORA, MIGRATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Author: Professor Nuit Banai
Date: March 16, 2018 at 10am
MEDIUM Gallery, Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18, Bratislava
These series lectures and discussions "Contemporary Art and the Political" will focus on the relation between aesthetics and politics in the field of contemporary art. Using specific cases studies, we will examine some of the most urgent issues and debates that constitute our contemporary public sphere and consider how artistic practitioners in different national contexts give them visual form.
Our historical and theoretical scope will be motivated by a number of constitutive questions: First, given the changed historical conditions that are signaled by the diversity of the term 'globalization,' can we still use the same criteria to assess contemporary production or do we need to develop new measures and methods and write different narratives?
Second, what models of identity and subjectivity does contemporary artistic production offer and how do these relate to the increasingly powerful structures of globalization and especially the forces of neoliberal global capitalism? In this regard, we will examine the ways in which artistic practitioners make visible the tensions between ‘local’ and ‘global as they transform relationships to locale, national culture, community, and labor.
Third, how does artistic production of the last thirty-five years engage with the intensification of media culture, channels of marketing, advertising and publicity, and pervasiveness of social media that have transformed the world into a ‘global village’? This line of investigation touches on the status of the image as the pre-eminent medium for the constitution and distribution of value; It also simultaneously relates to the virtualization of markets and capital and their systematic concretization into (social) networks of biennales, art fairs, ‘events’ and galleries, on the other.