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04.12.2019: Aesthetics of the Political. Exposing the Contingencies of Now

Public Discussion

Aesthetics of the Political. Exposing the Contingencies of Now

Ilya Budraitskis (Moscow), Political Theorist and Lecturer at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

Dr. Ulrike Kremeier (Cottbus/Frankfurt (Oder)), Director of Brandenburg State Museum for Modern Art (BLMK)

Moderation: Kirill Repin (Frankfurt/Oder)

Location: European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), AM 03, Logenstraße 4
Date and Time: 04 December 2019, 6.15 pm

When do arts and politics meet? Perhaps, the moment we can no longer distinguish between the two? Indeed, it is through destabilizing the (imaginary) boundary between them that the encounter of the aesthetic and the political appears to be at its most intense. And yet such mutual permeation can take different forms – from paintings to performances. Constantly testing, shifting and blurring the contours of socially acceptable and imaginable, (political) art and artistic practices expand the semantics of political (beauty) language and nurture alternative visions of organizing our collective being, that otherwise seem submerged under the multiplying images and routinized (re-)enactments of everyday normalcy. In these instances of aesthetic contestations the political starts to glimmer behind every notion of contemporaneity to remind us about that which is not (yet) fully present.

The discussion is part of the series of events „’68 NOW. Europäische Verflechtungen“ - a cooperation between Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) and Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), in collaboration with the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC), Kyïv.

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