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The Gesture of the Artist in Such a Time : Seminar

18th March 2017 @ 09:45 - 16:00

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Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:45 AM4:00 PM

The one-day event at Centrala Gallery, Birmingham will take its inspiration from German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer’s 1970 essay, Are the Poets Falling Silent?, but will focus on women working today in the
visual arts.

The main idea behind the seminar “The Gesture Of The Artist In Such A Time” is tracking activities of women-artists who in their own practice keep a regular dialogue with current history and react to cultural changes.
We will look at the various methods, motifs, forms of works and gestures of artists being active in diverse art fields; artists, whose works are concerned with the aspects of body condition, architecture and environment perception or urgent issues related to contemporary history.

The concern about stable framework in the art and the concept of changeable reality expressed by Gadamer almost five decades ago also became a paradigm in Zygmunt Bauman’s “liquid modern society” or in Lev Manovich’s “image society” and many others contemporary theories. Breaking away from the “constant” seemed like a new norm of reality ruled by word and image. The need for “changeability” generated the need to introduce motion also into art and literature.

In this wide context, the seminar will provide an opportunity to consider gesture of contemporary woman-artist – a migrant, a nomad, a woman confronted with civilization changes, crisis, exclusion, post-war and post-communism traumas – who expresses herself in both ways: intimately and in a dialogue with great historical narratives.

The seminar will eventually become a platform for discussion on socially-engaged art (Must not all literature be now litérature engagée?), but also on condition, rule and function of an artist who reacts to the environment and occurrence around her.   We will try to examine the meaning of gesture of an artist in such a time and try to answer the question whether this gesture must be different? Why it must be different? To what extend does an artist react or enter into a dialogue with her times? Are there any determinate “constants” which could influence the legibility of artistic gesture in the future?  Is art still an integral part of human being?

The central ambition of the seminar is to start a wider discussion on a condition of art and woman-artists in an age where social unrest and the discomfort with our social life in an anonymous mass society is felt from all sides. The symposium participants will present their own artistic practice during eight 20-minute-long presentations (3 panels).

The event will also include performance, video screenings and workshops.




18th March 2017
09:45 - 16:00
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