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Facing forward

art and theory from a future perspective 

Engels - Paperback

188 pagina's  |  Amsterdam University Press  |  april 2015

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The project Facing Forward started with a collaboration between five institutions: the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam, De Appel arts centre, W139, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and the art magazine Metroplis M. Having previously organized the lecture series and publications Right About Now: Art & Theory in the 1990s (2005/2006) and Now is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century (2008/2009), the organizing committee decided to take the final step in this timeline and turn its attention to the far horizon. Informed by a shared interest in the role that history, speculation, and utopianism play in the field of contemporary art and design (as well as the larger context of global, socio-economic and political developments), a selection of seven themes emerged from the conversations of the initial organizers. These would eventually shape the seven lecture and discussions events - collected in this volume of essays - publicized under the banner Art & Theory From a Future Perspective. A great number of internationally renowned speakers were invited to reflect on the proposed themes during often sold-out events, which were presented at the Oude Lutherse Kerk in Amsterdam in 2011/2012. Yet, however compelling our desire as organizers to go beyond the framework of contemporary events and the current interest, well-nigh obsession, with history, it is obviously an illusion to think that we can escape the past by means of a turn towards the future. As Walter Benjamin described it, progress is an angel positioned with its back to the future and blown forward by the wind of history. Nevertheless, our aim is to turn Benjamin's angel around to face forward. We do this not with the goal of ignoring the present and the past. On the contrary: the idea is to face forward in order to change the present and confront our relationship with the past.



RedacteurHendrik Folkerts, Christoph Lindner, Margriet Schavemaker
Soort boek Paperback, 188 pagina's
Uitgever Amsterdam University Press , Verschijningsjaar: 2015
ISBN-13 9789089647993
ISBN-10 9089647996
Taal Engels


Categorieën Kunst & cultuur  >  Podiumkunst
Kunst & cultuur  >  Theater
Studieboeken  >  Kunst en Cultuur
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