/Mirada y crisis. Más allá del arte

19.10.2011 /from 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Argentine Embassy Auditorium
organized by AICA Paraguay
Open Sessions and Debate

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XLIV AICA Congress in Asunción, Paraguay

Art and criticism in Time of Crisis

Special guest: Tania Bruguera.

Lecturers: Montserrat Albores Gleason, Paul Ardenne, Marek Bartelik, Franck Hermann Ekra, Ticio Escobar, Alicia Haber, Chus Martinez, Jure Mikuz, Aloyse Ndiaye, Elena Oliveras, Suely Rolnik.

Speakers: Emily Baierl, Maria Amelia Bulhões, Emma Dwan O’Reilly, Niilofur Farrukh, Miguel Angel Fernández, Therese Hadchity, Samuel Herzog, Cinque Hicks, Liam Kelly, Klara Kemp-Welch, lecollege, Alban Martínez Gueyraud, Hiroshi Minamishima, Lisbeth Rebollo, Tineke Reijnders, Alessandra Simões Paiva, Royce W. Smith.

Artistic practice and the theoretical debate surrounding it reflect the unprecedented social, political, cultural and technological complexities and changes at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. 

This Congress will focus on the present state of art in both a local and an international context and pose the following questions: 

What kind of perspective and axes of communication should be adopted, in response to the changing relations between art, criticism, and society? 

What is the critic’s role and responsibility vis-à-vis the society s/he lives and works in today?

1. The axes of crisis
• Political and Ethical
• Social and Economic 
• Cultural and Artistic
• Art Criticism and the Media

2. Spaces of Interaction and Fields of Tension 
• Cultural Institutions (foundations, museums, galleries, biennials, etc.) 
• Press and Other Media
• Public Debates 
• Alternative Forms of Interaction

3. Art and Criticism in Virtual Space
• New Languages 
• New Tools 
• New Kinds of Behaviour