Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC37 Sociology of Arts (host committee)

Language: English

Art has attempted to be politically effective, but often this goal has been undermined by capitalism at every stage. Still, art possesses the power of critique, to present and re-present the contradiction between meaning and configuration. This session seeks to examine the relation of art to an expanded notion of politics (one not necessarily linked with instrumental political parties), with a focus on the contribution of avant-garde praxis. How has this relationship been accomplished in the past, and in contemporary times? What is the legacy of the avant-garde in regard to today’s increasing economic and political crises? What is the relation between new economic forms, such as the digital economy and the precarity of labor (the Uber or gig economy), and new forms of artistic practice? How do these new forms of production and reception impact new artistic/ avant-garde work? Papers can focus on, for example, ‘movements,’ case studies of groups, relations of art/politics, key figures, or theorists and theories.
Session Organizer:
Jeffrey HALLEY, The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Oral Presentations
Avant-Garde Art and Politics: A Lost Chance?
Ilaria RICCIONI, Free University of Bozen,, Italy
Avant-Garde, Art and Politics in Rio De Janeiro, Since 2013
Sabrina PARRACHO SANT'ANNA, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Distributed Papers
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