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Visuelle Kultur

28th October - 17th December


Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung, Karlsgasse 11, Hochparterre, Seminarraum 2, 1040 Wien

Lectures and Seminars by Assoc.Prof.Dr. GÜLSEN BAL, Prof.Dr. SUZANA MILEVSKA

Language: English

“It is gladly believed that a culture is more attached to its values than to its forms, that these can easily be modified, abandoned, taken up again; that only meaning is deeply rooted. This is to misunderstand … that people cling more to ways of seeing, saying, doing, and thinking, than to what they see, what they think, say or do… In the twentieth century things have taken an unusual turn: the ‘formal’ itself, reflexive work on the system of forms, has become an issue. And a remarkable object of moral hostilities, of aesthetic debates and political clashes.”
Michel Foucault

The course focuses on different regimes and strategies of representing and acting radical will. "Radicality" here is proposed as a term that can be applied to different models, formats and media of artistic and activist practices but also to different modes of critical thinking. What was once coined by the theorist Susan Sontag as “styles of radical will” and looked at radicality only in aesthetic terms today could be taken much further and questioned in the context of social and political potentialities of visual expression and representation of “radical will”.

Some of the central questions to be discussed are whether images can be radical on their own, whether radically disturbing political and social events could be represented only by extreme imagery and how can one match the “radicality” entailed in the events with images? Topics to be discussed will deal with images representing radical events in media, visual art exhibitions and museum collections, public art and monumental sculpture as well as with construction of new subject.


October 28, Suzana Milevska
Representation and Radical Truth - lecture

The session will focus on the relation between the potentials of visual representation of “reality” by use of new media. By discussing of several art works and films we will ponder different regimes and radical strategies of manipulations of truth. Therefore we will shed more light on the paradoxical relation between radical images and events in different historical and political contexts.

November 11, Suzana Milevska
Monuments of Radical Will - lecture

The question how to represent a historic event and person that in any way stand as a metaphor of radical will in the memory of a certain nation and people will be the main question posed in this session. Also the issue of a kind of negativity entailed by monuments of mourning and remembering tragic events will be discussed in the context of the phenomenon of “anti-monument”. The iconoclastic radicality of such a “void”, the absence or lack behind such emptied out representation will be discussed as one of the retorts to figurative representation of radical will.

November 21, Gulsen Bal
From Open Space to Open Systems - lecture / PERFORMANCE

This session will engage with a brief introduction on the practices that have been taken place at the period of the initiation from Open Space to Open Systems. This will cover the issues in considering “an ever-expanded category of (relational, socially engaged) art”. As Susan Kelly puts it “'transversal practices' must often negotiate a double and sometimes paradoxical move. A logic of refusal – of resisting visibility, or taking on recognisable forms”.

The session will carry on with attending to a PERFORMANCE / LECTURE part of Open Systems’ year prog within the Vienna Art Week:

“How to make an ice cream out of a drill”
(on the passionate resistance against settling)

by Federica Bueti

In English, entrance free

Time: 6:00–7:00 pm

Venue: Kunstraum Niederoesterreich - NOE


November 25, Suzana Milevska
Bearing Witness - workshop

This session is reserved for an interactive workshop-trial. The students will be asked to agree in advance on presenting and analysing an event or person from history or contemporary context. They will prepare and present various testimonials on how the event/person of their choice has been represented by the media, art or political officials. The presentation could be prepared in different formats and media (as texts, photographs, audio or video files, proposals for monuments, etc.). The students will work in small groups delegating different roles (expert, character witness, event witness, defender, prosecutor).

December 2, Gulsen Bal
Re-articulation of location of emergence - lecture

In the line with Suzana Milevska contextualised in her Bearing Witness’ workshop, this lecture will pursue what matters with “presenting and analysing an event or person from history or contemporary context” towards an inquiry into the different reading as a form of re-articulating the question of what it might take part within the limits of spaces reserved for creative practices in which these spaces re-engage with political location of emergence in unexpected ways reflecting today.

December 9, Gulsen Bal
The experience ‘says more! - workshop

This session will concern with a practical approach to creativity, focusing on the creative strategies and the creative moment of thinking differently beyond an aesthetic identification at an argument:

“- Who wants to know?
- I want to know.

- What do you want to know?
- I don’t know!”

that will be generated by the students for a preparation of the final presentation in regard to given way to an understanding as well as a reaction which is what it signifies “ways of seeing, saying, doing, and thinking, than to what they see, what they think, say or do” inside the limits of social and political potentialities of visual expression within the ‘production of subjects’ at the edges of “radicality”.

December 17, Suzana Milevska/Gulsen Bal
joint session - round up, marking

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