Recent years have seen recurring debates over just what constitutes the ‘political’ in artistic practice. This panel asks how social conflicts today are being framed, how they are being made visible, and in which forms of narration they are being embedded. How do pictures participate in the logic of conflict, under what conditions do they transcend it? What constitutes "critical images" in post-political media-spheres, and in the arts? The increasing evasions, disseminations and displacements of power and social antagonisms bring about new desires to pin down, address, and narrativize the conflicting fault lines of hegemonic politics and its exclusions and masks. On the other hand, there are recurring concerns over the systemic limitations of the arts as a platform to negotiate, and perhaps displace, the political.
The panel brings together a range of artists and theorists who have distinctively shaped the debate of recent years, engaging in a discussion of the wider political implications of critical artistic practices.
Panelists: Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Kika Thorne, Tom Holert, Artur Zmijewski
Moderators: Anselm Franke, Bettina Steinbrügge
Panel in English language