Art as Commitment Conference in Ljubljana

Recent protests in Bucharest against Roşia Montană exploitation in Romania. The slogan on the T-shirt says: “Art, life and nature, NOT cyanide and fracking”. Raluca Voinea, September 2013.

On 7 December 2013 Igor Zabel Association in cooperation with the Moderna galerija is organising a conference on the role and position of committed art nowadays and what it means to talk about art as commitment.

Today, in a time when everything indicates that the crisis – economic, financial, political, environmental and social – will only intensify, when numerous artistic, cultural, political and social forms of resistance and critical assessments are bursting out globally in a search and demand for a world beyond the neoliberal order, art and the art system are again confronted with the urge to reflect upon their role and status in these challenging conditions. This seems to be even more pressing since for more than two decades contemporary art’s development went hand in hand with the processes of globalisation that the “old first world” used to triumphantly spread the doctrine of neoliberal capitalism after 1989.

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Art as Commitment – International conference Ljubljana

Date: 7 December 2013, 9.30 – 17.30
Venue: Moderna galerija, Tomšičeva 14, Ljubljana

Keti Chukhrov (art theorist and philosopher, Moscow), Miklavž Komelj (art historian, poet and translator, Ljubljana), Hito Steyerl (artist, Berlin), Ravi Sundaram (Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi), Raluca Voinea (art critic and curator, Bucharest)

The conference is organized by the Igor Zabel Association cooperation with the Moderna galerija. The conference is supported by ERSTE Foundation.