m45: Politics of Small Gestures - Chances and Challenges for Contemporary Art

Monday Night Lectures:

Eine Zusammenarbeit des MFA-Programms (Master of Fine Arts) der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Fakultät Gestaltung, Prof. Liz Bachhuber, mit dem ACC.

Vortrag in englischer Sprache.

(Kontakt: Andrea Theis, Künstlerische Mitarbeiterin MFA Public Art and New Artistic Strategies, Fakultät Gestaltung)

Mika Hannula, Helsinki / Berlin
Vortrags- und Gesprächsreihe zur Kunst im öffentlichen Raum und neue künstlerische Strategien (in engl. Sprache).

This lecture is an argumentative effort that certainly has a good go against a lot of different attitudes, trends and tendencies that are popular and wide spread in contemporary art, but at the same time it tries to make a very precise point of also being for something else.

The focus of my lecture is on what this "something else" can and could be. A "something else" that comes in the guises and acts of small political gestures. A "something else" that allows us to find and generate tools and courage to find alternatives beside and beyond instrumentalization of our life worlds, society of the spectacle, full blown commodification and mystification of artistic practice.

The task is to analyze what is that specific and particular gesture in a given work of art that makes it exactly what it is. It is an effort to close the gap between hype and the substance, between superficial interests and goods internal to a practice. Thus, the small gesture I am after is not the work in itself, it is the element or attitude within the work that makes it possible to become what it strives for.

It is an effort to see and articulate certain works and actions of contemporary art as vehicles for thought. Not as products, not as spectacles, and not as authentic expressions of something called reality but as, well, something different, something else. And yes, that something else is the politics of a small gesture.

Montag, 30.04.2007, 20:00 Uhr, ACC Galerie Weimar
Eintritt: frei!