Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 24 Saturday, 14:00

Aesthetics and Politics in the Age of Spectacle
Nikos Papastergiadis

October 24 Saturday, 14:00
Garanti Galeri - Platform Garanti
─░stiklal Caddesi 115A

"Throughout modern history we can see a common expression of discontent held against the existing social order in artistic, political and philosophical statements. They all proceed from the shared starting point that human potential is restricted. They may differ in relation to identifying the restrictive forces and articulating the form of human subjectivity, but they all possess the aim to overcome the perceptual and real constraints that are imposed by habits, norms and rules. Within this core aim is a vision that I am calling a cosmopolitan imaginary. It is the affirmative side of the exilic drive, which also runs throughout modern culture."

In his talk Nikos Papastergiadis will discuss the relationship between art and politics of our time by comparing the thoughts of Jacques Ranciere, who has written on the significance of avant gardist experiments with everyday life and new techniques of visual and literary representation, and those of Gerald Raunig who is fascinated with the shared aspects of artistic and activist techniques of communication as framed by a new kind of cosmopolitan political and aesthetic consciousness.

Nikos Papastergiadis was educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the School of Culture and Communication he was Deputy Director of the Australia Centre at the University of Melbourne; Head of the Centre for Ideas at the Victorian College of Arts; lecturer in Sociology and recipient of the Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester. He has published books including Spatial Aesthetics: Art, Place and the Everyday (Rivers Oram Press, 2006), Metaphor + Tension: On Collaboration and its Discontents (Artspace Publications, 2004) and The Turbulence of Migration (Polity Press, 2000),