Once a week SEMINart “living” library opens to the public, including lectures, readings, screenings, discussions etc by the TWIXTlab team and guests. In these independent meetings we explore the relations between contemporary art, the humanities and social reality. The meetings are addressed to anyone interested, regardless of her participation in TWIXTlab’s other activities.
Spring Semester 2015-2016, SEMINart program:
Presentation: Paths of the fantastic
Presentation: E.C. Gonatas’ poetic prose and contemporary Greek short-story writing.
Presentation: The closed room mystery. Or, Boltzmann’s Disease.
Presentation: Approaching representations of atrocity in contemporary art through the ‘civil contract of photography’.
Presentation: Humanism and Pacifism during the 19th century: Words and images of war.
Conversation: Artistic Appropriation of the refugee crisis
Presentation: Trophy photography: Lynching mobs, public executions and the camera
Presentation: Media walks: Technologies, stories and experiences of spatialization
Drawing on the work of Bernhard Siegert, Raymond Williams και Gunther Kress, the first part of the presentation explores ways in which walking and operational digital media produce synergically cultural techniques, practices and multimodalities. In the second part, this point is further elaborated through an analytical discussion of location-based storytelling and processes of emplacement-displacement that inform the experience of the user. Theoretical points will be illustrated through references to particular works of media walks.
Presentation: What about old and new challenges of cultural policy?
Cultural policy has been questioned a lot, both in terms of the necessity of its existence and at the implementation level. However, not only survives on governmental schemes and also takes on new dimensions. Entangled in the maelstrom of cultural wars, reviled, defend or wraps but, mostly, faces challenges.
Presentation: The artist´s work in contemporary art institutions: from rejection to mediation
Presentation: Alfred Gell– Timothy Ingold, a dialogue on anthropology, art, materiality and culture
We discuss the work of two anthropologists with a significant contribution to issues of material culture. We trace their theoretical origins, we present similarities and differences in their perspectives, we explore their influence today and we seek, through their texts, new ways of approaching art, materiality, culture and anthropology.