Seminar-Meeting Publications on (not only) art: cultural, social and political uses


15th - 18th June 2011, Sevilla, Spain

Organised by: UNIA arteypensamiento and Centro experimental y tecnológico para la cultura y las artes de Sevilla.

Co-ordination: Pablo Lafuente (Afterall), Pauline van Mourik Broekman (Mute) and Joaquín Vázquez (BNV Producciones)

The present diversification and fragmentation of the public for art coincides with a certain level of maturity in the use of new technologies in distributing publications and a proliferation of research in artistic contexts, making it necessary to take a fresh look at how critical discourses on art, culture and politics are produced and disseminated.

- Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Monasterio de La Cartuja, c/ Américo Vespucio 2, Sevilla)
- Centro experimental y tecnológico para la cultura y las artes de Sevilla (Monasterio de San Clemente, c/ Torneo 18)
- La Fuga bookshop (C/ Conde de Torrejón 4, Sevilla)

This seminar aims to explore current editorial activity in the field of art and the arts, with a programme that will take place over four days in two venues: the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and the Centro experimental y tecnológico para la cultura y las artes de Sevilla. The first part of the programme will cover print publications, looking at the history of six outstanding international art magazines and at four publishing projects that have recently been launched by museums and arts centres run by the Spanish government. The second part will concentrate on on-line publishing proposals, using as case studies both projects that are relevant for their broad media influence and others that have put new strategies into action to harness the power of the Web.

If, as Gerald Rauning says, the place for critics is where the social engines of resistance meet the actual engines of text, then at this meeting we shall try to find out whether the art publications we shall be analysing, as well as the models (discursive, aesthetic, functional) they suggest, can be valid tools to promote criticism and the spread of knowledge, or whether they are merely instruments to legitimize the institution of art. Can these publications become spaces for critical resistance to expose and analyse the present function of art under capitalism? Could they become platforms from which to propose new ways of understanding art and explore new channels of creation, action and thought, beyond the dictates of the market and institutional cultural policies?

UNIA arteypensamiento
Universidad Internacional de Andalucía
C/ Américo Vespucio 2

Wednesday_15th June 2011
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Presentation by the curators of the seminar
RAMONA presented by Cordula Daus
VALDEZ presented by María Berríos
AFTERALL presented by Pablo Lafuente

6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
THIRD TEXT presented by John Roberts
TEXTE ZUR KUNST presented by Helmut Draxler
OCTOBER presented by Adrian Rifkin

Thursday_16th June 2011
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Round table talk

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
CARTA (MNCARS) presented by Jesús Carrillo
DE 11 A 21 (CAAC) presented by Luisa López
INDEX (MACBA) presented by Clara Plasencia
RADAR (MUSAC) presented by María Inés Rodríguez

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Round table talk

I+CAS Centro experimental y tecnológico para la cultura y las artes de Sevilla
Friday_17 th June 2011
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Presentation of sessions by Jesús Alcaide and Pauline van Mourik Broekman
URBANOMIC presented by Robin Mackay
THE THING presented by Wolfgang Staehle

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
NEW MEDIA CENTER_KUDA.ORG presented by Branka Curcic
MUTE presented by Pauline van Mourik Broekman

Saturday_18th June 2011
12:00 p.m.
Lecture by Nick Thoburn

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Round table talk

8:30 p.m.
Closing ceremony
La Fuga bookshop
C/ Conde de Torrejón 4