Tejal Shah, Video Still from Channel II, Between the Waves, Multi-Channel Video Installation, HD, TRT 88 min, 2012.
Photo: Courtesy the artist and Project 88, Mumbai.
May 09 – May 11, 2017
More information is available here.
The symposium entitled “On Nature, Race and Gender – The politics of the contemporary debates around art, culture and research” will be held at the Institut Kunst in Basel. It aims on introducing some critical perspectives on the current political, economical and scientific situations. From the Trump election, to the new interest on activism and nature, we will go through current debates in the arts and their relation with science. The symposium takes place as part of the professorship “The Next Society,” which is dedicated to the sciences at the Institut Kunst in Basel. Appointees are visiting scholars from a variety of disciplines who present their work and collaborate with the art students on selected topics.
The professorship aims to rethink the society of the future – beyond the ideas traditionally provided by art history and art theory. By linking different ideas about research and a new understanding of form, development and cause in the sciences and arts, it wants to break down the functional division of the disciplines. The program strives to bring art closer to scientific topics and ideas and wants to build an ongoing relationship between the arts and the sciences. After all, the scientific debates on emotions and the brain, the role of genetics in human memory, the origins of the cosmos do not just concern scientists, but also artists. To achieve the program objectives and to intensify the dialogue between science and art, the professorship will be accompanied by seminars, days-with-a-scientist, days of science, and a public lecture series.
The Schering Stiftung supports “The Next Society” professorship, since it is convinced that the boundaries and barriers between the disciplines hamper both artistic and scientific research. It is only through curiosity and an openness beyond one’s own discipline that something new can emerge. “The Next Society” helps create new forms of communication and teaching that have the potential of serving as a model for other art academies.
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