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Autonomy Project Symposium October 7-9 2011

August 7th, 2011 by Clare Butcher



The Autonomy Project Symposium addresses the position of art in society today. The notion of autonomy, once designed to specify art’s place within society, has become a means of occluding its public relevance. This has become very clear when recently Dutch neoliberals and populists proposed large cuts on culture, arguing that art is primarily a private affair and has no real public function. The inability of the Dutch art world to mount an effective counter campaign has thereby made explicit the fact that the confusion   concerning the public nature of an autonomous art comes not only from without but also from within.

The symposium wishes to address the current situation through the work of the French philosopher Jacques Rancière. He has been committed to describing the function of art’s autonomy within public life today. Through a mixture of lectures and workshops the symposium explores Rancière’s valuable contribution both from theoretical and practical perspectives.

Dates: 7-9 October, 2011

Location: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Participating in the symposium costs €45 for 3 days or €15 per day (including lunch). Students are charged €25 for the whole weekend or €10 per day.

The symposium is in English


Preliminary programme:

07 October 2011
11:00 Introduction
11:15 Peter Osborne
11:45 Ruth Sonderegger
12:30 discussion
13:00 lunch
14:00 Workshops (2 running parallel)
14:15 Curating Autonomy
14:30 The Autonomy of Criticism
15:45 coffee (30 min)
16:30 Gerald Raunig
17:00 Maria Gough
18:00 oxygen break
18:30 Hito Steyerl – Sven Lutticken
19:45 drinks

08 October 2011
11:00 Introduction
11:15 Thomas Hirschhorn
12:00 Isabel Lorey
12:30 discussion
13:00 lunch
14:00 discussion on the Dutch situation
15:45 coffee (30 min)
16:30 Jacques Rancière
18:00 oxygen break
18:30 Pedro Costa – Adrian Martin
19:45 drinks

09 October 2011
11:00 Introduction
11:15 To be confirmed
12:00 Andrea Fraser
12:30 discussion
13:00 lunch (1 hour)
14:00 Workshop (2 running parallel)
14:15 Translation into a political strategy (positioning autonomy in the public sphere)
14:30 Teaching Autonomy
15:45 coffee (30 min)
16:30 Rosella  Biscotti
17:00 Franco Berardi
17:30 To be confirmed
18:00 drinks

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