The Public in Question: The Politics of Artistic Practices

The Public in Question: The Politics of Artistic Practices

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

May 3, 2007
The Public in Question: The Politics of Artistic Practices

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Schillerplatz 3 | Aula

1010 Vienna

Phone ( 43 1) 588 16-0 |


Franco Berardi | Sabine Breitwieser | Sabeth Buchmann | Alice Creischer_ | Diedrich Diederichsen | Okwui Enwezor | Marcelo Expósito | Renée Green | Boris Groys | Marina Grzinic | Christian Höller | Brian Holmes | Vasif Kortun | Maria Lind | Dorit Margreiter | Chantal Mouffe | Christian Philipp Müller |

Molly Nesbit | Marion von Osten | Marko Peljhan | Gerald Raunig | Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen | Andreas Spiegl | Françoise Vergès | Krzysztof Wodiczko | Stephen Zepke

Today, the “public” is most certainly in question, and both public space and democratic processes seem to be increasingly under attack. The aim of this symposium is to explore the way in which aesthetic strategies have contested, and continue to contest the public realm. The first task is to critically assess the history of artistic engagement within public space, from the avant-garde tradition thatprojected art into life, to its Conceptual manifestations and interventions, and the art of institutional critique. What worked and what didn’t, and why? This leads to the second question asked by the symposium; what use do these strategies have today? Do they remain relevant, or do we need new tools? To answer we must analyse our present conditions, particularly the contemporary art world, its institutions, and their wider economic and political relations to the media and the rest of the world. Where, the symposium will ask, is the “public” today, and should it be defended?


Friday 4 May, 2007

10.30 a.m.

Welcome | Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Rector, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna_

Presentation of the Symposium | Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Political Theory at the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London

11.15 a.m. – Art After the Art Market

Boris Groys, Philosopher, Professor for Philosophy and Media Theory at the Academy for Design in Karlsruhe

Renée Green, Artist, Dean of Graduate Studies, San Francisco Art Institute

Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen (Moderator), Rector, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

02.00 p.m. – Conceptual Practices and the Public Space

Molly Nesbit, Art Historian and Critic, Professor of Art, Vassar College, New York

Marina Grzinic, Philosopher and Artist, Professor for Conceptual Art, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Christian Philipp Müller, Artist, lives and works in New York

Sabine Breitwieser (Moderator), Curator, Artistic and Managing Director, Generali Foundation

04.30 p.m. – The Transformations of Institutional Critique

Maria Lind, Curator and Critic, Artistic Director of IASPIS in Stockholm

Gerald Raunig, Philosopher, Works in the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies as the co-ordinator of “republicart” and “transform”

Franco Berardi (Bifo), Philosopher , Teaches the social history of communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan

Marion von Osten (Moderator), Artist and author, Professor at the Institute for Art and Education, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Saturday 5 May, 2007

10.30 a.m. – Art as Public Intervention

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Artist, Professor of Fine Arts at MIT University conference organizers _

Diedrich Diederichsen, Cultural Critic, Professor for the Practice and Transfer of Contemporary Art, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Alice Creischer, Artist, Writer and Curator, lives and works in Berlin and Buenos Aires_

Sabeth Buchmann (Moderator), Art Historian and Critic, Professor of History of Modern and Post-Modern Art, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

02.00 p.m. – Artistic Activism and the Media

Brian Holmes, Philosopher, Independent Researcher who lives and works in Paris

Marko Peljhan, Artist, Associate Professor in Art and Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Marcelo Expósito, Artist and Theorist, co-editor of “Brumaria” and “transversal”

Dorit Margreiter, Artist, Professor for Video and Videoinstallation, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Stephen Zepke (Moderator), Lecturer, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

04.30 p.m. – Which Public Space for which Public?

Vasif Kortun, Curator, Director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul

Okwui Enwezor, Curator and Critic, Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President, San Francisco Art Institute

Françoise Vergès, Theorist and Critic, Professor for Post-Colonial Studies Goldsmiths College, London

Christian Höller, Theorist and Critic, Publishes “Springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst”

Andreas Spiegl (Moderator), Vice-Rector, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

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