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wlabs: new center for artistic resaearch in malmö

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The new center for artistic research wlabs is now open. Its main purpose is to develop performing arts tradition in stage acting.

One of the things Weimar is currently working on is Arrival cities: Malmö. This performance deals with migration in the shadow of the economic crises and the xenophobia that more and more has become the trademark of Europe. An arrival city is the city where migrants from rural and development areas from both in and outside the country try to make new lives for themselves. The arrival cities are often places of violence and human despair but at the same time also dynamic nodes where change can take place. Arrival cities: Malmö is trying to examine different aspects of the politics of migration, from the detention of migrants with the arrival of people coming into Schengen, to the nationalist politicians rage and rantings, to the safe houses where the refugee without papers try to hide from the authorities and finally when they are sent back to their native countries to an uncertain destiny. As always with Teatr Weimar language, power and identity are important points of departure in this performance.

For more information, please see www.teatrweimar.se

call for papers


Journal of Aesthetics & Culture
Deadline December 31, 2013

In his introduction to a collection of essays on ’postmodern culture’ entitled The Anti-Aesthetic (1998), Hal Foster outlined the challenges of exceeding the modern by posing the question: “How can we break with a program that makes a value of crisis (modernism), or progress beyond the era of Progress (modernity), or transgress the ideology of the transgressive (avant-gardism)?”. Only two years later Jacques Rancière’s The Politics of Aesthetics was published in French. In asking how the sensible is distributed differently in various historical contexts by aesthetics (including various media forms), and thus holds embedded (future) politics, Rancière shifts the perspective of art altogether from ‘representation’. Rancièrs’s ‘politics of aesthetics’ thus rather substantiates the ability of aesthetics to launch and create new life forms. It also enables a negotiation of questions concerning what is ‘common’ within new social and technological contexts – by making new distributions of the sensible. Aesthetic dissent can thus prime politics and new forms of practice. A similar point of view is made by Boris Groys in his recent Introduction to Antiphilosophy (2012). Groys likens anti-philosophy (from Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and onwards) to the anti-art mode of Dada and Duchamp and concludes his preface by describing the demands of modern antiphilosophy to instruct us “how to change our mind in such a way that certain practices, discourses and experiences would become universally evident”. These are not ‘truths’ but modes of living and perceiving that we share. Such an expanded field of the aesthetic — both Rancière and Groys draws attention to the mediated body and culture as a space for social interaction and intervention beyond the traditional locations for art and aesthetics – is typical for such various art practices as the projects of Ai Weiwei and Superflex; climate- and crisis activism like that of the Yes Men; or the various use of combined media-platforms (literature, film, internet) enabling people to get involved in performances and actions in actual or virtual sites.

It is from such a perspective that this call for paper should be read. We encourage submission of essays and art-work on ‘new distributions of the sensible’ in the light of new media, trans-media experiments, interfaces including the workings of so-called social media, remediations of old media, as well as media archaeological investigations. In what ways do the inclusion of the body and interactive modes change the realm of aesthetics? The question has affinity to new analytic methods (affect, event, creation), from approaching culture as process and practice rather than as representation; and to new understandings of what is contained within the (new) field of humanistic research.

See www.aestheticsandculture.net for more information

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international postdoc


The Swedish research council is accepting applications for post doc positions in artistic research until February 26. The next announcement is made in June with deadline in August.

Please see www.vr.se for more information.

!kf events

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From the institute for artistic research !KF:

We have started the rehearsals for our project on “infamous perspectives”. Should we try to, and how can we simulate perspectives we normally reject? Driven by this question, we will conduct a theatre experiment between 4th and 17th of March in Berlin. If yofu can imagine helping us by participating in the experiment, please let us know via experiment@artistic-research.de. Finally, we will invite scientists, lawyers and artists to a symposion from October 24th to 27th at Sophiensæle Berlin.

Our concept in collaboration with raumlabor berlin has won a competition for an exhibition for the Museum for Ethnology Berlin by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Our installation in the exhibition “Seeing Music” will be opened on 13th March.

For more info, see: www.artistic-research.de


carpa 3 – the impact of performance as research


February 27 –  March 2, 2013

The time for the colloquium is fast approaching. We are looking forward to an exciting program which starts already on Wednesday 27th February with a pre-conference workshop FACE to FACE by Professor Emilyn Claid and Performance Philosophy launching event “Conceptual Bring-a-Dish Party”.

The three broad questions we suggested as topics for the colloquium in the call for presentations were a) the relationship between performance studies and artistic research, b) performance as research and issues of participation and collaboration, and c) performativity of artistic research and the performative research paradigm. These issues will be addressed by our distinguished Keynote speakers:

  •  Heike Roms, PhD, Professor in Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University: The Impact of “Impact” – Performing Artistic Research in the Ruins of the University?
  •  Marin Blaževic, Dr. sc., Associate professor at the University of Zagreb: From `Shifts´ to `Shifting Dramaturgy´
  •  Brad Haseman, Dr., Assistant Dean, Academic, Professor at the Queensland University of Technology/Creative Industries Faculty: Life Drama in Papua New Guinea: “It may be performative, but is it performative research?”


Esa Kirkkopelto
Annette Arlander

For more info: www.teak.fi

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symposium: warburg redivivus

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22-23 February, 2013

oder Vom Nachleben der Kunstwissenschaft in Kunst und Wissenschaft.
Ein Symposium der Universität Siegen, Medienwissenschaftliches Seminar, Dr. Thomas Hensel und des Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.

Aby Warburg (1866-1929) was a German art historian and cultural theorist who founded a private Library for Cultural Studies, the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg, later Warburg Institute. At the heart of his research was the legacy of the Classical World, and the transmission of classical representation, in the most varied areas of western culture through to the Renaissance but his work reaches far beyond art history.

More information at www.mgk-siegen.de

athlete in bed (1 hp)

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April 19 2013 Konstnärliga forskarskolan is organizing a screening/seminar with Mike Sperlinger & Lisa Tan (1hp)

April 19: 11:00-17:00 at Bio Rio, Hornstulls strand 3, Stockholm.

The workshop consists of a combined event of screening and discussion, where Lisa Tan will show her work Sunsets (2012) as well as her forthcoming work Notes from Underground (provisional title) and Duncan Campbells Bernadette also will be screened. The seminar will support a discussion around withdrawal and its possibilities, and will address a certain drive towards transcending subjectivity and language through participation and self-reflexivity. The screening/seminar takes place at Bio Rio in Stockholm April 19, and is limited to 18 participants.

Lisa Tan is a PhD candidate in Fine Art at the University of Gothenburg, Valand Academy.  She is making a trilogy of video works where the intersection of private and professional life, reaction to what might be called threshold experiences, and pondering the affective qualities of natural phenomena amidst the mundane– all figure prominently in the making of the work.  Her research is generally preoccupied with the linguistic handling of experience and the video work is subtly aided by literary figures such as Clarice Lispector and Susan Sontag, whose respective enigmatic presence gives way to a discussion on creative labor and ways of being.

Mike Sperlinger is the assistant director of LUX, the institution in London that holds the largest collection of artists’ film and video.  His criticism and articles have appeared in AfterallDotDotDot,FriezeTexte zur Kunst.  He’s written catalogue essays: ”Terms of Use” (curated by Lisa Rosendahl, Montehermoso), ”Keith Arnatt”(Henry Moore Institute), ”If You Say Something, See Something” (Piet Zwart student catalogue, Rotterdam, 2010), and a forthcoming ‘interactive fiction’ project with Ed Atkins.  He has co-edited FR David with artist/designer Will Holder and published by de Appel, Amsterdam.  He co-curated a Marianne Wex exhibition at Badischer Kunstverein (2012): ‘Female’ and ‘Male’ Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures“, the first major exhibition of Wex’s work in Germany since the 1970s.


supervisors’ meeting in Malmö 25-26 March 2013

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The 25th and 26th of March there is a supervisor meeting in Malmö, at the Inter Arts Centre and in conjunction with the semester meeting for the candidates 25-27 March. A detailed schedule can be found here, and the topic this time will be methods and methodology in artistic research (an outline of the theme and an assignment can be found here). Please contact Henrik Frisk at henrik@konstnarligaforskarskolan.se if you have any questions!

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