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Organizational Aesthetics and the Social-Cultural Other (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Justin Skye Malachowski

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 16:15 - 17:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 5.311 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This course aims to outline past, present, and potential approaches to studying the relationship between organization (sexuality, politics, economies, infrastructures, and so on) and contemporary aesthetic practices (visual art, media, performance, and so on) through a cross-cultural and post-colonial frame. Within artistic communities and the scholarship of art the focus on organization aesthetics (the interest of organization as an aesthetic outcome) has often accompanied interest in organizational difference across social and cultural lines of alterity, such as class, race, gender, religion, geography, civilization, and so on. Artistic interest to reimagine and practice political, social, and economic organization otherwise may find a venue in concord with the social-cultural other, or at least its image. Yet, the idea of the social-cultural other, as an exotic object of control, knowledge, desire, or resistance, is not innocent of its histories. “Otherness” is not simply a preexisting object discovered, but an orienting framework tied to long processes of world-making, not limited to imperial, economic, colonial, and decolonial endeavors. How might an attention to these histories of othering open up possibilities in thinking, practicing, and studying cultural alterity within contemporary aesthetic practices? What role have aesthetic practices played within the otherness of organization and the organization of otherness? What might these histories of othering tell us about the political, economic, and social stakes of considering or refusing to consider how organization is done in different social and cultural contexts? In addressing these questions, among others we each bring with us, this course will build upon a variety of scholarly literatures including post-colonial theory, critical theory, media theory, visual anthropology, and the sociology of art.

Organizing Culture (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes, Maximilian Schellmann

wöchentlich | Montag | 16:15 - 19:45 | 16.10.2023 - 23.10.2023 | C 5.124 Seminarraum
wöchentlich | Montag | 16:15 - 19:45 | 30.10.2023 - 13.11.2023 | C 5.326 (ICAM)
Einzeltermin | Mo, 20.11.2023, 16:15 - Mo, 20.11.2023, 19:45 | C 14.202 Seminarraum | Raumwechsel am 20.11.23
wöchentlich | Montag | 16:15 - 19:45 | 27.11.2023 - 18.12.2023 | C 5.326 (ICAM)
Einzeltermin | Do, 14.12.2023, 10:15 - Do, 14.12.2023, 14:00 | C 5.326 (ICAM)
Einzeltermin | Fr, 12.01.2024, 10:00 - Fr, 12.01.2024, 18:00 | C 14.027 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 26.01.2024, 10:00 - Fr, 26.01.2024, 18:00 | extern | location tbd

Inhalt: The seminar is dedicated to contemporary transformations of the forms and processes of cultural organization. The seminar is broadly structured into three parts: In Part I, we will draw upon recent sociological and organization-theoretical work to reflect on the transformation of the sphere of art and cultural production, and its implications for understanding organization and organizing. In Part II, we will zoom in on specific fields and sites in order to discuss how cultural organizing has been reconfigured (or not). This entails, for instance, a) the (contested) transformation of urban space in and towards ‘creative cities’ and its emphasis on the fields of art and culture; b) the (related) rise of ‘culturepreneurship’ as a kind of entrepreneurial turn in cultural production, and its implications; c) the technological and socio-cultural transformation of (art) museums as key cultural institutions and the demands to reorganize how they operate; d) contemporary art’s keen interest in the nature of sociality and social transformation, where artistic production has turned to organization as a cultural form itself, as artistic material to be worked on and with. In Part III, the students will conduct their own empirical investigations of contemporary forms and processes of organizing culture. The participants will be asked to identify and form groups around specific cases, sites, initiatives or platforms (not limited to the fields and sites listed above), on which to conduct fieldwork in the form of on-site visits, interviews, participant observation, and other fieldwork techniques. The groups will present their findings in a research conference (in the form of a mini-exhibition) in a local art space (location tbd).