Ästhetik

Lehrangebot im WS 2020/21:


Prof. Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski

Archival Encounters


Theorieseminar Hauptstudium

Hauptstudium und weiterqualifizierende Studien

Mittwoch 14-täglich 10:00 – 13:00

Beginn: 28.10.2020


Hauntings, Flashbacks and the unresolved violence of a past that seems impossible to overcome often lead to archives and collections. In this seminar, we will center artbased research, literature, and performance as a way of interrogating archival spaces and, by doing so, negotiating archival logics. Using examples of artworks that foster an examination of archival structures and the material and immaterial traces within, we will turn to practices that stay open and receptive to the voids, frictions, and the ambivalence, to the things that we might never be able to know but that still matter. Furthermore, the seminar is interested in looking at artists that construct alternative archives through their practice. Questioning positions and privileges, we are allowed to inhabit in this world is an integral part of the seminar. In the seminar, we will be cherishing the practice of diving into texts and artworks together by reading aloud and with each other to start communication and dialogue. If the teaching situation and the programming of exhibitions in Cologne allow for it, we will visit exhibitions and invite artists into the seminar.


The seminar is bilingual (German/English).


Literature:

Tina Campt, Listening to Images, 2017.

Avery Gordon, Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination, 2008

Natalie Harkin, Archival-Poetics, 2019.

Saidiya Hartman, Venus in Two Acts, 2008.

Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social

Upheaval, 2019.

M. NourbeSe Philip, Zong, 2008.

Patricia Saunders, Defending the Dead, Confronting the Archive: A Conversation with

M. NourbeSe Philip, 2008

Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, 2016.


Prof. Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski

(Staying) In the Wake:
Wake Work in Black Feminist Theory and Art Practice


Theorieseminar Grundstudium
Grundstudium Freitag 14-täglich 10:00 – 13:00
Beginn: 30.10.2020


Taking Christina Sharpe’s „In the Wake: On Blackness and Being“ (2016) as a lead, this reading seminar is dedicated to understanding the practice of wake work. Employing the wake as the ship, the hold, and the weather in proximity to Black life in the African Diaspora, we will dive into the works of artists, thinkers, and writers who practice staying in the wake as a form of dealing with the violent repercussions of a past that is not past. Expect an intensive engagement with concepts like antiblackness, the non-human, redaction, and annotation and with texts from and related to the field of Black Feminist and Queer Thought. Questioning positions and privileges, we are allowed to inhabit in this world, is an integral part of the seminar.


In the seminar, we will be cherishing the practice of diving into texts and artworks together by reading aloud and with each other to start communication and dialogue. Together we also will engage as much as possible with different (art) practices, meaning that we will venture into literature, music, and visual art. If the teaching situation and the programming of exhibitions in Cologne allow for it, we will also visit exhibitions.


The seminar is bilingual (German/English).


Literature (selection):
Fred D’Aguiar, Feeding the Ghosts, 1997.
Simone Browne, Dark Matters: The Surveillance of Blackness, 2015.
Fatima El-Tayeb, European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe, 2011.
M. NourbeSe Philip, Zong, 2008.
P. Khalil Saucier and Tyron P. Woods, “Ex Aqua: The Mediterranean Basin, Africans on
the Move, and the Politics of Policing”, 2014.
Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, 2016.


Dr. Mi You

The Missing Third Client: Art, economies and technologies for social transformations


Theorieseminar Hauptstudium
Freitag 14-täglich 14:00 –17:00
Erste Sitzung im November, genauer Termin wird bekannt gegeben
Anmeldung unter: m.you@khm.de


Now more than ever, we are facing challenges of how to develop social and economic models for the upcoming era that create less ecological burden, more equal opportunities, and meaningful lives. Artist strategies can come into the picture by formulating emerging methodologies, catalyzing cross-domain practices and probing into organizational development. In this seminar, we will explore how art can be reskilled to promote social transformation and social intelligence, beyond the art institutional space of performativity and critique.


Keywords: Post-platform model, P2P networks, data economy and circular economy, data commons, peer production of services, new infrastructures for art, tech and policy sectors


Case studies: Diakron/Primer, ReUnion Network, Shanghai Biennale sustainability guidelines, Serpentine Gallery Future Art Ecosystems


Methodologies: Working with adjacent disciplines, cross-domain innovation, deep research


Granted, it is all too early to claim any theory of change or set of best practice examples. What serves as a good roadmap for now is perhaps the idea of ‘the missing third client’ formulated by the Artist Placement Group, which in the 60s and 70s sent artists into a company or governmental body for extended periods of time. We have to collectively define ‘the missing third client’ for our time, which follows the agenda of neither the company/government, nor art itself, but constitutes a space of practices in common.

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