Workshop: Summit Art: Art and Political Event since the 1970s

Date(s) - 15/10/2022 - 16/10/2022

IKB - Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Raum 0.12
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Summit Art: Art and Political Event since the 1970s
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Organisation: Dr. Linn Burchert

‘Political art’ and ‘the political’ in contemporary art have formed a major focus in research for several decades. Nonetheless, significant political dimensions of art remain unexplored. The workshop “Summit Art: Art and Political Events since the 1970s” addresses art directly related to political summits and other institutionalised political media events. It welcomes investigations on art on the occasion of G8/G20 meetings, the World Economic Forum, United Nations Summits, etc., as well as anniversaries (e.g. of political institutions such as the UN, the World Health Organization, Earth Days and the like). At the workshop we will discuss art since the 1970s that has appeared in the very context of concrete political negotiations, events and ceremonies. Such art must be considered under different aspects than art exhibitions and art projects which, though labelled as ‘political,’ take place outside of such contexts (e.g. documenta, the international biennales, relational art and artistic activism outside the summits, etc.). A particular feature of “Summit Art” is its incorporation into existing political and public (media) formats, rather than in the acknowledged art worlds. The workshop’s aim is to debate the interconnectedness of art and political summits, as well as to discuss how art contributes to and even shapes those often festival-like mega-media-events.

Link: CfP (Deadline: 30 April 2022)

The final programme and further information will be announced here.

The workshop is part of the project “Climate Summit Art. Art and Political Event, 1972–2022” (funded by the German Research Foundation, project no: 451978827) at the Department of Art and Visual History.