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Art is Always Something Else: New Perspectives on Conceptualism in Art

03.02.2018 -

Conceptual art can be understood as a specific historical movement in the arts during the 1960s and 1970s, which began on the east coast of The United States, and in England, as a reaction to modernism's different expressions and artistic points of departure. Conceptual art has been historicized as focusing on the understanding of art as based on the ideas and concepts behind its appearance. The art object, the material outcome of the artistic process, was of secondary significance. The term "Conceptual Art" has been understood in various ways by theorists, artists and art historians: as a problematization of the institutionalized society (including art institutions), a criticism of capitalist society’s commodity fetishism based on the circulation of objects, goods and art works, or a more ontological discussion about the nature of art itself.

Recently, however, researchers have opened up for new ways of interpreting conceptual points of departure for artistic practices, and the heritage they have left behind. The idea of a purely "immaterial" art has been questioned. Can conceptual art not instead be seen as a reaction to the world that since the 1960’s has become increasingly abstracted, depending on economic systems and structures, and less human? Likewise, the art history that chooses as its epicentre Europe and the United States, has seen itself accompanied by one that, instead historicizing conceptual art has concerned with a global "conceptualism", where several more or less parallel art, exhibition and theory practices exist in relation to each other. Such a conceptualism tradition was the Eastern European one, which in many cases was developed directly under the influence of the Soviet Union's political climate.

Due to the exhibition with Vassil Simittchiev at Lunds konsthall, a series of lectures will take place which aims at highlighting contemporary perspectives on conceptual art. A special focus will be out on Eastern European conceptualism, but also on the conceptual material, affective and existential dimensions of conceptual art.


1:00 pm Åsa Nacking, Introduction

1:15 pm Dan Jönsson, Concept and Spirit

2:00 pm Kicki Sjögren, Echoes from the Linguistic Labyrinths

2:45 pm Paus, with possibility to join a guided tour of the exhibition with Paula Ludusan, Art Educator at Lunds konsthall.

3:15 pm Hans Carlsson, Towards a Global Conceptualism

4 pm Zdenka Badovinac, Neue Slowenische Kunst and Russian Historical Avant-garde

Coffee and sandwiches will be possible to purchase during the paus.

Info and contact: hans.carlsson@lund.se

The seminar will be held in English.

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