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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.