Workshop: Summit Art: Art and Political Events since the 1970s, 15.-16.10.2022, Berlin

Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, HU Berlin; Linn Burchert (Web)

Zeit: 15.-16.10.2022
Ort: Berlin
Anmeldung bis: 07.10.2022

In recent decades, ‘political art’ and ‘the political’ in contemporary art have become a major focus of art historical research. Within this broad field, the workshop addresses an as of yet underexplored arena: art directly related to political summits and other institutionalised political media events. During the workshop, the participants will discuss art produced since the 1970s that has appeared in the context of specific political negotiations, events and ceremonies, such as on the occasion of UN summits, during G8, G20 or diplomatic events held by various political “leaders,” or at national and international meetings or anniversaries such as Earth Day. A particular feature of “Summit Art” and its related forms is its incorporation into existing political and public (media) formats versus into acknowledged art worlds.

The workshop’s aim is thus to debate the interconnectedness of art and political events, as well as to discuss how art contributes to – and even shapes – these often festival-like mega media events. Emphasis is placed on the diplomatic, governmental and media-political uses of images, art as both a means of legitimation and critique of summits, political events as aesthetic sites of affect, and the role of artistic activism on these occasions between potential resistance and the danger of recuperation. The goal is ultimately to reflect on the theoretical as well as methodological and terminological challenges of research into “Summit Art”, thus initiating an exchange around various aspects of this current of contemporary art. Read more … (Web)

  • Panels: Image Politics: Diplomacy, Governance and Population  |  Between Legitimation and Critique: Engendering and Challenging Summits  |  Sites and Affect: (Inter-)National Aesthetics of Summitry  |  Between Resistance and Recuperation: Summit Art Activism  |  Ephemerality, Terminology, Hetero-/Auto-nomy: Challenges to Summit Art Research

Source: H-Soz-Kult