[artinfo] Job Descriptions. Artists in a Changed World of Work
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Job Descriptions. Artists in a Changed World of Work
Date | 17.10.2008 - 18.10.2008
Venue | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna,
Symposium organized in cooperation with the Montag Stiftung as part
of the series „Heraus aus dem Elfenbeinturm“ (Leaving the Ivory Tower)*
Participants | Fahim Amir, Martin Beck, Sabeth Buchmann, Gunter
Damisch, Katrina Daschner, Anthony Davies, David Komary, Isabell
Lorey, Angela McRobbie, Karin Mairitsch, Dorit Margreiter, Gregor
Neuerer, Ingrid Rascke-Stuwe, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Wally Salner &
Johannes Schweiger, Andreas Spiegl, Marion von Osten, Heimo Zobernig
Around the beginning of the 21st century, the role of the artist
began to change fundamentally. Artists have ceased to be marginal
figures and become the center of attention.
This is not only connected with an understanding of art oriented
towards processes rather than products since the 1960s and thus
positioning the artist in an extended aesthetic, social and economic
field but also with the fact that "the artist's life," once envisaged
as the opposite of middle-class normality, has developed into a model
for more flexible contemporary working and living conditions. There
can be no doubt that more and more artists are becoming active in
working areas close and also less close to the arts. Without giving
up forms of artistic thinking and acting, exhibitions in galleries
and museums are regarded as just one field among many today. This
will (perhaps) allow an understanding of artistic competence
manifesting itself in a variety of ways.
The symposium is aimed at exploring the following issues linked with
the changed situation:
* Where does art make itself felt in a post-Fordian society?
* In which professions is artistic competence called for?
* How does the idea of artistic competence affect the notion of
autonomous art and concepts derived from it?
* What about an art university's educational mission against
* Which kind of research must an art university focus on?
* How should such an institution present itself to the public?
Friday, 17 October 2008
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Welcome by Carl Richard Montag, Montag Stiftung Bildende Kunst, Bonn
and Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Ingrid Raschke-Stuwe, executive board of Montag Stiftung Bildende
Kunst, Bonn "Leaving the Ivory Tower"
Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen: opening statement, presentation of the
symposium's issues in dialogue with Andreas Spiegl, vice-rector for
teaching and research
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Round table: Aspects of Practice
Which influence has the educational schedule had on artists' current
activities, and what about an image of the artist that is up-to-date?
Graduates from other professional fields describe their current
* FABRICS INTERSEASON / Wally Salner & Johannes Schweiger,
* artists and designers, Vienna
* Karin Mairitsch, vicerector of Salzburg University of Applied
* David Komary, curator and head of Galerie Stadtpark, Krems
Chaired by Fahim Amir, philosopher, cultural producer and adjunct
faculty of the Institute for Education in the Arts at the Academy of
Fine Arts Vienna
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
"In Search of a Concept for New Culture Industry: From Cultural
Production to Immaterial Labour"
Angela McRobbie, professor of communications, Goldsmiths College, London
Saturday, 18 October 2008
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
"Blueprint, Role Model, Political Subject.
The artistic subject between neoliberal invocation and exodus"
Marion von Osten, artist, author and head of the department for Art
Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
"Culture & Finance: From Knowledge Economy to Information Wars"
Anthony Davies, art theorist and art critique, London
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Self-Precarization and Refusal within the Exodus"
Isabell Lorey, political scientist, Berlin
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. lunch break
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
The Limits of Autonomy / On the Role of the Artist
Statements by two professors of the academic staff
* Dorit Margreiter, artist and head of the department for Video
and Videoinstallation at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
* Heimo Zobernig, artist and head of the department for Textual
Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Can the Old Traditional Educational Structures be Maintained When the
Position of Artistic Practice in Society Has Changed?
Panel on the educational program for artists with teachers from the
* Martin Beck, artist and chair of the Institute for Education
in the Arts
* Sabeth Buchmann, art historian and chair of the Institute for
Art Theory and Cultural Studies
* Gunter Damisch, artist and head of the department for Graphic
Arts and Printmaking Techniques
* Katrina Daschner, artist and academic staff of the department
for Contextual Painting
* Gregor Neuerer, artist and academic staff of the department
for Art and Photography
Chaired by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen
* "Heraus aus dem Elfenbeinturm" (Leaving the Ivory Tower) is a
symposium series of Montag Stiftung Bildende Kunst, Bonn realized in
cooperation with various art academies and aimed at countering the
discrepancy between academic education and subsequent forms of
The Montag Stiftung will also issue a documentation of the Vienna
symposium. Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, the
publication will be one volume in a series presenting gathered
material on current issues of art education.
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