CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE GLOBAL PRESENT:
an interdisciplinary collective analysis of the cultural, social, political and economical relevance of documenta 14 (Athens, Kassel) and the 57th Venice Biennale (Venice)
CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE GLOBAL PRESENT is an interdisciplinary, itinerant summer school addressing the cultural, social, political and economical relevance of international recurrent exhibitions with a focus on documenta 14 and the 57 th Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte - La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale).
Recurrent large-scale exhibitions of contemporary art such as the Venice Biennale and the documenta are recognizable as rhizomatic structures with implications on multiple cultural, social, political as well as economical domains and scales. Historically, these two exhibition formats are bound to two different and yet complementary approaches to contemporary art. One of the main aims of the Venice Biennale is to capture the state of contemporary art while the long five-year interval of the documenta allows one to imagine answers to the ontological question: what is (contemporary) art? The Greek debt and economic crisis has drawn international attention to the symptoms of a wider European and global crisis - not just a financial crisis but above all, a crisis of values with profound humanitarian, institutional, political and media implications. These challenges are addressed by both exhibitions. This is why documenta 14 takes place not only in Kassel, but also in Athens under the title: Learning from Athens and the 57th Venice Biennale - VIVA ARTE VIVA - invests on the progressive power of contemporary art promising to open a possibility for a neoumanesimo.
CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE GLOBAL PRESENT invites 18 international students and researches from all disciplines (advanced M. A. students, doctoral students and candidates, postdoc researchers) to engage in a 12 day summer school entirely dedicated to the analysis of the cultural, social, political, and economical relevance of these two large-scale recurrent exhibitions and their respective organizing institutions.
CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE GLOBAL PRESENT is organized by the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne (University of Cologne) in dialogue with the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) and the Department of Communication & Media Studies (National Capodistrian University of Athens).
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