[artinfo] CASAzine #4 - Call for Papers
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** CASAzine #4: Drawing the Line **
Following the activity of the 2006 Cultural Analysis Summer Academy
(CASA) international meeting in Amsterdam (June 23 - 25), the fourth
CASAzine will explore the subject of art and direct action. In
particular, the issue seeks to investigate the tension between
hegemonic forms of knowledge concerning what constitutes art as it is
embodied by the academy versus alternative forms of creative action
and knowledge production. It is an enquiry into distinctions, limits
and possibilities, and into the positions our actions occupy in
relation to academic knowledge sets, institutions, and ultimately to
"Drawing the Line" aims to examine the implications and potential of
our actions. How do aesthetic concerns affect our politics and vice
versa? Do actions utilizing mass media heighten awareness, or do they
merely contribute additional imagery to the spectacle? More
basically, to what extent is art as creative activism a productive
way to work for social change? Can 'radical aesthetics' productively
challenge distinctions drawn between art and activism in traditional
academic knowledge systems?
"Drawing the Line" applies to our negotiation with
institutionalization. What happens to creative forms of direct action
when they are defined as art by public bodies or art markets? How can
creative practices push agendas for political change in relation to,
or even within, those contexts? How can we take critical action that
is aware of its own position in a cultural climate of fashion,
celebrity, and shopping? How do aspects of cultural life as it is
currently conceived (i.e. the figure of a charismatic creator a.k.a.
"the artist as genius") affect our goal for leaderless, equal,
collaborative forms of art and action?
"Drawing the Line" is pertinent to how we relate to others. In all
our forms of activism including research, art, and direct action, the
nature of our engagement with others is crucial, be they involved,
hostile, critical, or indifferent. How do our activities relate to
those outside the group of people specifically engaged in this
alternative practice? How do the microcosms of dissent created in our
daily lives relate to wider social frameworks?
These questions are not new, but they are critical to framing the
daily distinctions and decision making necessary to create awareness
and change. As we move on to review, discuss, and share responses to
these questions, we hope to arrive at better questions to ask, which
will in turn create new answers in the struggle for social and
political equity and environmental protection.
** Formats **
We are seeking contributions in both text and image form.
Contributions may be a reflection on the subject of art and direct
action as it was addressed during the meeting, or it can present an
entirely perspective. Contributions may be offered by anyone,
including those who have not attended CASA meetings in the past.
** Guidelines **
- 500-3000 words.
- Language: English preferred; German, French, and Spanish understood.
** Send **
- Email is preferred: casazine2006 at gmail.com. Please attach text in
.doc or .rtf; and attach image samples in low resolution .jpg.
- Surface mail: Monika Vykoukal, Peacock visual arts, 21 Castle
Street, AB11 5BQ, Aberdeen, Scotland. If you would like your
materials returned, please include a stamped return envelope.
** Deadline **
- 1 February 2007
We, Milena Placentile and Monika Vykoukal, the editors of this year's
zine, met at CASA Meeting 2006. We live in Canada and Scotland
respectively, and we are both curators of contemporary art.
The Cultural Analysis Summer Academy (CASA) came into existence in
2003 as an international forum that seeks to discuss the shifting
functions of academia and the scholar in a globalized society. CASA
offers a platform for people to combine efforts and information with
a view towards social transformation.
To date, CASA has organized three meetings to provide a platform for
these discussions. For more information about CASA 2004 "Acting and
Spectating", CASA 2005 "Borders, Markets, Movements", and CASA 2006
"Constructing Social Change: Art, Direct Action, Knowledge, Utopia,
and Desires", please visit:
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