Tuesday, April 24, 2007

STATE OF EMERGENCY: The Place and Function of Contemporary Art in Society

STATE OF EMERGENCY: The Place and Function of Contemporary Art in Society

A Lecture by Evelyne Jouanno
Thursday, April 26, 2007 4 p.m. 691 Barrows Hall
University of California-Berkeley

In the cultural debates of the last decades, if the challenge of multiculturalism offered new alternative models of social organization, more open to the real coexistence and exchange of cultures and human values, how do we turn these concepts/discourses into reality? How do we attract public attention and stimulate a more ample debate on controversial social and political topics, easily ignored and forgotten realities, countries that do not have visibility for historic reasons and peoples who have been deprived of territories and identities? What kind of new strategies must be developed to carry out this responsibility beyond the existing institutions and market places and their political/financial constraints?

Evelyne Jouanno, an independent art critic and curator from Paris, has written extensively on contemporary art and geopolitics and organized numerous transnational art exhibitions and events. She will discuss her project, the Emergency Biennale, a suitcase art project and transnational traveling exhibition organized in Chechnya (www.emergency-biennale.org), and multiculturalism in the context of ambivalent globalisation.

Organized by the Visuality and Alterity Working Group. Co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities and the Center for Race and Gender, UC-Berkeley.

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