25.06.2024 – 09.07.2024

Zu viel, zu wenig?

The conflict surrounding documenta fifteen has raised fundamental questions about institutional responsibility, discourse ethics and artistic freedom. Can art and art discourse do more than reproduce the moral and ideological geographies of current events?

The Traces Research Center at the University of Kassel and the documenta Institute invite you to a series of talks with philosophers, critics, sociologists, artists and curators to discuss the changing conditions and challenges facing institutions, producers and the public art discourse today.

Among other things, questions of ambiguity tolerance, attention economy, awareness, cancel culture, code of conduct, debate culture, geopolitics, instrumentalization, cultural struggle, artistic freedom, crisis of liberalism, media bashing, metapolitics, parrhesia, platforming, populism, woke-ness, social media campaigns, strike Germany and censorship will be addressed.

The public event series begins on May 7 and takes place weekly on Tuesdays at 18:00 in the traces research station on Lutherplatz.

Participation is free of charge.

The program:

Tue. May 7
Art in a Multipolar World (English)
Mi You

Tue. May 21
New Right art (English)
Andreas Niegl and Nikolay Smirnov

Tue. May 28
Problems of the culture of debate
Maria-Sibylla Lotter

Tue. June 4
Censorship and Vanguard (English)
Wang Tuo

Tue. June 11
Whose Institution? An international perspective (English)
Lilet Breddels

Tue. June 18
Small World (English)
Brian Kuan Wood

Tue. June 25
Documenta am Nullpunkt
Harry Lehmann

Tue. July 2
Awareness: Fallstricke beim Kampf gegen Diskriminierung
Sighard Neckel, Sabine Hark

Tue. July 9
Jede Zeit ist eine gute Zeit, um eine Zeitschrift zu gründen.
Tobias Haberkorn (Berlin Review)

Current and more detailed information at:

The event series was conceived by Mi You and Philipp Oswalt. For students of the Kunsthochschule, the university and interested guests there will be an accompanying seminar Tuesday 16.00 - 18.00 ct. takes place. Contact: oswalt[at]asl.uni-kassel.de.

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