Operative Powers of Art Practice
The symposium was held at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts on January 17th, 2019.
‘Operative Powers of Art Practice’ considered the implications of control in relation to the operative powers of the practice of art. The aim of the symposium was to discuss (post-)contemporary art practice as it has become increasingly subjected to arts financialization. With the awareness of the financialization of art, the symposium sought to address how art practices may become more visibly and actively ‘in control’ of current financial dynamics. Through the contributions of the invited speakers, we sought to strengthen the notions around ‘arts systemic agency’ – whether this means to allow it to be understood as a more abstract notion or through a complex and operational understanding of this agency.
In the current context of competing global crisis’, we asked what transitional role art may face considering its systemic agency. Reassessing the term ‘artistic agency’ would be important to this task. We asked what are the scales and implications necessary, to allow art to bend the means of control rather than causing it to block future potential development.
The three speakers were the artist duo, João Enxuto & Erica Love, artist Alexandra Pirici, writer and associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Tirdad Zolghadr.
The symposium was moderated by artist and chair of UKK, Gro Sarauw.
Introduction by Gro Sarauw
João Enxuto and Erica Love