Course detail

Radical imagination

FaVU-RAIMAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course titled Radical Imagination is dedicated to exploring how different artists today approach the politics of imagination and the issues of what radical or militant imagination is.
Within the lecture series imagination will be understood not as a cognitive capacity of an individual, but rather a sociological phenomenon. Our approach will be based on the conviction that most social institutions, such as nation states, marriage or others, are from a great part imaginary. As individuals and society, we must carry them out in our everyday lives and fill them with symbolism in order to lend them meaning. Radical imagination could be perceived then as some kind of substance from which all these institutions—but also society and individuals—form and acquire shape. At the same time, radical imagination has the potential to negate, distort, and re-create them.

We will ask how art could move from drawing attention to the power play of this system to actively engaging in the pursuit of new, more equal social order? How does art today approach urgent social issues? Based on analysing specific art projects, lectures will articulate working theses on what we can nowadays consider "radical strategies" in art; what kind of art is considered to be "useful" and in which direction its theory and practice are moving; and also how the "militant imagination" of art is intertwined with particular political practice in alliance with resistance and solidarity.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the course is to broaden the understanding of contemporary art, its social role as well as the role of artists. During the course students should acquire knowledge about how art today joins various social or political movements in the struggle for more equal social order and how it approaches questions of ethics in terms of representation.

Prerequisites

Advanced knowledge of English language; keen interest in contemporary art practice.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Povinná:
WRIGHT MILLS, C. The Sociological Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
BOTTICI CH. Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014
TAYLOR, C. The Politics of Recognition. Dostupné na internete: http://elplandehiram.org/documentos/JoustingNYC/Politics_of_Recognition.pdf
QUÍJANO, A. Coloniality and Modernity. In: Cultural Studies Vol. 21
COMBAHEE RIVER COLLECTIVE.The Combahee River Collective Statement. In: SMITH, B. (ed.) Home Girls, A Black Feminist Anthology. New York: Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Inc., 1983
TUCK,E. – MORRILL, A. – SUPER FUTURES HAUNT QOLLECTIVE. Before Dispossession, or Surviving It. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies Vol. 12, No. 1, 2016
MOHANTY, C.T. Feminist Encounters: Locating the Politics of Experience. In: Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates. CA : Stanford University Press, 1992
ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION: The Arts, the Sciences, the Originary Peoples and the Basements of the World. Dostupné na internete: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2016/03/04/the-arts-the-sciences-the-originary-peoples-and-the-basements-of-the-world/
DEMOS, T.J. Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2017
HAIVEN, M. Art After Money Money After Art. London: Pluto Press, 2018
WRIGHT, S. Toward a Lexicon of Usership. The Hague: Deltahage, 2013
VAN DER VELDEN, D. – KRUK, V. Metahaven: Uncorporate Identity. Zurich : Lars Müller Publishers, 2010
FISHER, M. Indirect Action: Some Misgivings about Horizontalism. In: GIELEN, P. (ed.) Institutional Attitudes: Instituting Art in a Flat World . Valiz/Antennae Series, 2013 CAMPUS IN CAMPS. Vision, Responsibility, Citizenship. Dostupné na internete: http://www.campusincamps.ps/
BOLTANSKI, L. – CHIAPELLO, E.. The New Spirit of Capitalism. Dostupné na internete:
SPIVAK, G. C. Can the Subaltern Speak? In: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999
BUIKEMA, R.- VAN DER TUIN, I. Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture. Oxon: Routledge, 2009
APPADURAI, A. The Offending Part: Sacrifice and Ethnocide in the Era of Globalization. In: The Future as Cultural Fact. New York: Verso, 2013
MORAGA, C. - ANZALDÚA, G. This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Albany : SUNY Press, 2015
RIGOVÁ, E. – LUDLOVÁ, N. ENTER+ Creative Manual for Contemporary Roma Art. Dive Buki, 2017
KEUCHEYAN, R. Nature is a Battlefield. Cambridge : Polity Press, 2016
HOOKS, B. 1990.Postmodern Blackness. In: Postmodern Culture, Vol. 1, č. 1
BIEMANN, U. - TAVARES, P. Forest Law. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 2014
LORDE, A. Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference. In: GUY-SHEFTALL, B. (ed.) Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. New York: The New Press, 1995
INCITE!. The Color of Violence: Introduction. In: The Color of Violence. Cambridge, MA : South End Press, 2006

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Critical readings accompanied by presentation of audio-visual material and lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Credits awarded based on the attendance and the level of participation in the seminar and a proposition of an art project employing the idea of “radical imagination“ .

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

The series of lectures will unfold from the projects of following artists:
1. Núria Güell and Levi Orta (Arte Político Degenerado)
Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima (Ten Thousand Cents)
2. Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares (Forest Law)
3. Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle (SexEcology )
4. Forensic Architecture (The Grenfell Tower Fire, Killing in Umm al-Hiran)
Lorenzo Pezzani aand Charles Heller (Forensic Oceanography )
5. Tabita Rezaire (Exotic Trade)
Annalee Davis (Unearthing Voices)
6. Karrabing Film Collective (Salt)
7. Waguih El laqany (Cinema Everywhere)
Ruangrupa (The Gerobak Bioskop)
8. Nida Sinnokrot and Sahar Qawasmi (Sakiya – Art/Science/Agriculture)
9. Minia Bibiany (Doukou)
10. Brigada Puerta de Tierra
11. The Living and the Dead Ensemble (Ouvertures Monsieur Toussaint)
12. Contrafilé and Campus in Camps (Mujawara/The Tree School)
Sandi Hilal (Al Madhafah /The Living Room)

Aims

Understanding of social and political role of contemporary art and artists.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance compulsory (75%).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

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