The curatorial

Curatorial Politics
English/French (texts)

Doreen Mende
Start: 25 September 2019, 10am

Alliances Across

The period around 1989, marked by the end of state-socialisms as binary counter-force to (neo-)liberal capitalism, brought a systemic change on global scale with impact also on the geographies of art-making. Since then, several attempts have been undertaken to declare a New International, or New Internationalism, or a Fifth International (Samir Amin) fighting euro-centric art histories, political oligopolies, ethno-neoliberalism, and neo-fascism. There are many internationalisms, therefore surely, we have to ask: whose internationalism, which internationalism and internationalism from where.
Taking few of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s work as instruction for gaining basic understanding about a post-1989 International as a proposal for practices of world-making collectivities as “an alliance without an institution”, the seminar will primarily focus on artistic works, curatorial methods, research experimentations and exhibition projects for discussing the possibilities of an “artistic internationalism.” We will specifically look into the mobilization of technologies, transmission practices and image-strategies by the means of art with the objective to articulate alliances across borders by means of art and forms of research.
Students will be offered a range of contemporary artistic practices or curatorial projects to study together, e.g., by Mirwan Arsanios, Kader Attia, Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Harun Farocki, Jean-Luc Godard, Charles Heller, Bouchra Khalili, Shu Lea Cheang, Christian Nyampeta, among others. The assignment of the seminar is to research and discuss artistic/curatorial projects towards the formulation of a set of questions to realize conversations with the artist/curator whose work is being researched. Depending on the work on the interviews, it will be an extra to publish the edited versions of the interviews, either on a seminar-own website or otherwise. –– Excursion planned to Interfoto in Genève (