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Too much, too little? Moral Challenges of Art Today: Whose Institution? An international perspective

Event series "Too much, too little?" by traces and documenta Institute, May - June 2024

The conflict surrounding documenta fifteen has raised fundamental questions about institutional responsibility, discourse ethics and artistic freedom. In all this, can art and art discourse do more than reproduce the moral and ideological geographies of current events?

The traces research center at the University of Kassel and the documenta Institute invite you to a series of talks at  with philosophers, critics, sociologists, artists and curators who will discuss the changing conditions and challenges facing institutions, producers and public art discourse today.

Among other things, questions of ambiguity tolerance, attention economy, awareness, cancel culture, code of conduct, debate culture, geopolitics, instrumentalization, cultural struggle, artistic freedom, crisis of liberalism, media bashing, metapolitics, parrhesia, platforming, populism, woke-ness, social media campaigns, Strike Germany, censorship will be addressed.

The public event series begins on May 7 and takes place weekly on Tuesdays at 6 pm at the traces research station on Lutherplatz. Participation is free of charge.


The program:

May 7 Art in a Multipolar World (English). Wed You

May 21 New Right art (English). Andreas Niegl and Nikolay Smirnov

May 28 Problems of the culture of dispute. Maria-Sibylla Lotter

June 4 Censorship and Vanguard (English). Wang Tuo

June 11 Whose Institution? An international perspective (English). Lilet Breddels

June 18 Small World (English). Brian Kuan Wood

June 25 documenta at the zero point. Harry Lehmann

July 2 Awareness: Pitfalls in the fight against discrimination. Sighard Neckel, Sabine Hark (inquired)

July 9 Any time is a good time to start a magazine. Tobias Haberkorn  (Berlin Review)


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The event series was conceived by Mi You and Philipp Oswalt. For students of the Kunsthochschule, the university and interested guests there will be an accompanying seminar Tuesday 4 to 6 pm ct. takes place. Contact: oswalt[at]asl.uni-kassel[dot]de

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