Call for Papers
Art in the Age of Real Abstraction
Historic iterations of abstraction in the visual arts have traditionally been associated with terms such as the non-representational, the non-figurative, and the immaterial, in opposition to a loosely defined concept of realism. In the post-war period, however, both realism and abstraction became unstable concepts, deployed to refer to a range of diverse practices, from Nouveau Réalisme to Art Informel to Abstract Expressionism. This conference invites papers that rethink the relation between realism and abstraction in the period between 1970 and the contemporary moment. Of particular concern are the impacts of two intersecting events: the advent of Neoliberalism and the dismantling of Modernism in art history.
‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ seeks to investigate contemporary forms of abstraction through the analysis of different modes of representation, affectivity and performativity, drawing lines of continuity and addressing points of ambiguity between post-war abstraction and contemporary iterations. In recent critical discourse reification has been described as both a process of abstraction and as a figural process. On this view ‘Real Abstraction’ might be understood as the becoming-concrete of the abstract. As such ‘Real Abstraction’ calls for a rethinking of what the terms realism, figuration and abstraction might mean today.
papers that address the critical stakes of abstraction in the visual arts as a
representational economy and as an aesthetic strategy, a way of inhabiting the
contradictions produced by capital, and as a means of generating meaning,
memory and historical experience.
We encourage academics, researchers and artists to submit papers on the following issues and debates (amongst others):
- post-70s reconfigurations of abstraction
- the artwork and the commodity form
- feminist interventions in the history of abstraction
- abstraction and historic experience
- the intersection of realism and abstraction
- artwork as theory, artwork as historiography
Speakers should be prepared to present papers for 20 min followed by a
Please send 300 word abstracts by December 12th to:
Rye Dag Holmboe: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Witt: email@example.com
The conference will be held on April 12th, 2014
Marxism in Culture
This seminar series was conceived to provide a forum for
those committed to the continuing relevance of Marxism for cultural
analysis. Both "Marxism" and "culture" are conceived here in a broad
sense. We understand Marxism as an ongoing self-critical tradition,
and correspondingly the critique of Marxism's own history and premises
is part of the agenda. "Culture" is intended to comprehend not only
the traditional fine arts, but also aspects of popular culture such as
film, popular musics, and fashion. From this perspective, conventional
distinctions between the avant-garde and the popular, the elite and the
mass, the critical and the commercial are very much open for scrutiny.
All historical inquiry is theoretically grounded, self-consciously or
not, and theoretical work in the Marxist tradition demands empirical
verification. We welcome contributions that are concerned primarily
with principles and methods as well as those that focus on the
interpretation of particular cultural practices, historical or
contemporary. As with all the best examples of Marxist work, we hope
to provide a forum for analysis that while it looks to the past is also
marked by an urgent sense of present realities.
Potential Contributors should contact: Larne Abse Gogarty
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