MAY 26 and 27, 2010
University of Plymouth, UK
Organised by KURATOR/Art & Social Technologies Research (K/AST) and Culture Theory Space research group at the University of Plymouth, UK.
Relational aesthetics – introduced by philosopher Jacques Ranciere and critic Nicolas Bourriaud – proposes new relations between spectators, rather than between a spectator and an artwork. The art installation is read as catalyst to new relations between individuals who participate in it.
This may be a new sociability, or those involved will simply be members of the art-world. Is this a sociable turn in art, or not? What kind of society is implied by art’s new sociability? Is it as de-politicised as the white cube? Benjamin Noys asks, for instance, ‘While artworks are made every day, what can really distinguish new artworks from the simulacral novelties of capital?’ And Gail Day observes that until recently, ‘discussion of politics in art was something that had to be treated indirectly ….’
These issues were examined in the symposium Planetary Breakdown at the Baltic Art Gallery, Gateshead in March 2010. We continue here – questions include:
Can a sociable art take a political turn?
How do new technologies of sociability address this?
How does art or theory address global issues such as climate change and social division?
Is there a viable aesthetic for today’s time of emergency?
David Butler (Newcastle University)
Dr. Geoff Cox (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Helen Evans (HeHe, Paris)
Jane Grant (University of Plymouth)
Dr. Alana Jelinek (University of Cambridge)
Nicola Kirkham (University College London)
Dr. Anya Lewin (University of Plymouth)
Dr. John Matthias (University of Plymouth)
Prof. Malcolm Miles (University of Plymouth)
Andrew Prior (University of Plymouth)
Christoph Schäfer (Park Fiction, Hamburg)
Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver (University College Falmouth)
KURATOR/Art & Social Technologies Research (K/AST)