|Witte de With Rotterdam on Thu, 4 Jun 1998 16:06:00 +0200 (MET DST)
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|nettime-nl: Seminar on Art and Art Theory, 10/11 June 98
Seminar on the relationship between art and art theory In collaboration with French philosopher Jean-Marie Schaeffer, Witte de With presents a seminar about methodologies of art theory. This subject will be explored in three sessions by speakers representing various disciplines. Each session consists of an evening of lectures, followed on the next day by a workshop, in which the goal is not to find answers but to propose new questions and alternative perspectives. The contribution of the participants will be essential to this process. On June 10 and 11, the last session will take place,with lectures Jean-Marie Schaeffer and Belgium artist Johan Grimonprez on Wednesday, and a workshop with contributions by Andreas Broeckmann of V2_organisation, and Isabelle Graw of Texte zur Kunst. Recent developments in (European) art seem to move further and further away from any form of essentialism and autonomy. Instead of operating from a deliberately distanced position, recent art seems to be aiming to dissolve into visual culture or everyday life. This development may signify a change that runs parallel to the recent restructuring of specialized methodologies into 'cultural studies' in the universities. While the first and second session started from the perspective of theory, this third and final session will start with a closer look at recent developments in art practice. What questions do these practices raise in the realm theory? What approaches could be proposed? lectures: Wednesday June 10 place: Witte de With, Rotterdam, Witte de Withstraat admission: Dfl.10,00; Dfl.5,00 (students) workshop: Thursday June 11 place: conference room, Nederlands Architectuurinstituut admission: Dfl.25,00; Dfl.15,00 (students), including lectures on Wednesday Subscription to the workshops is necessary. PREVIOUS SESSIONS The first session, on May 27 and 28, investigated the relationship between art and art theory through a critical analysis of the distance between the two. On the one hand, there seems to be a major gap between the worlds of art theory and art practice; each of these fields seems to be developing independently, circling inwardly in an endless process. Philosophers of art avoid addressing phenomena from the art world directly, and instead concentrate on the aesthetic theories of other philosophers; artists tend to keep as far as possible from anything labeled ' theory'. At the same time however, one could state that art and theory have actually come so close that they seem to overlap. Modern art has been preoccupied by questioning art itself; contemporary art seems to consider its task one of cultural analysis. What is then the relationship between art and theory? And what does this relationship have to do with the supposed autonomy of art? Why do other disciplines like architecture seem to offer a more fruitful interaction between theory and practice? Lectures were held by Jean-Marie Schaeffer and American architectural historian Catherine Ingraham, and responses were given by graphic designer Felix Janssens and philospher Henk Oosterling. The second session, on June 3 and 4, focused on specific methodologies, analyzing which perspectives the various approaches have opened, and which insights they have obstructed from view. The spectrum of methodologies to be addressed ranges from the essentialism, which has been the dominant paradigm of the last two centuries, to the more recent efforts to integrate the individual specializations and disciplines into a single field of 'cultural studies'. Is 'culture' the new avant-garde? Does this mean that we lose sight of 'art'? Lectures were held by Jean-Marie Schaeffer and French sociologist Nathalie Heinich, and comments were made by Herma Klijnstra, artist and participant in the theory program of the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. For more information or subscription: Anke Bangma Witte de With tel. 010-4110144, fax 010-4117924 e-mail email@example.com -- * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet toegestaan zonder * toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een gesloten en gemodereerde mailinglist * over net-kritiek. Meer info: firstname.lastname@example.org met 'info nettime-nl' in de * tekst v/d email. Archief: http://www.factory.org/nettime-nl. Contact: * email@example.com. Int. editie: http://www.desk.nl/~nettime.