29.Jan.2015 - 16:00-18:00
  • Talk

Aesthetics of Crisis

Brian Holmes

TRADE TEST SITE præsenterer en talk med kulturkritikeren Brian Holmes. Arrangementet er en del af Aarhus Universitets foredragsrække Æstetisk Seminar og forskningsprogrammet Medialitet, Materialitet, Æstetisk betydning.

Holmes' talk bygger på hans essay “Crisis Theory for Complex Societies” fra Disrupting Business: Art and Activism in Times of Financial Crisis (redigeret af Geoff Cox & Tatiana Bazzichelli, udgivet af Autonomedia, 2013).

Talken beskæftiger sig med den subjektive opfattelse af krise og tjener som en introduktion til en todages  workshop om transformationer af nutidens verdensøkonomiske system.

Brian Holmes skriver:
“Major shifts in the patterns of capital accumulation come once every forty years or so. But they cast long shadows, on aesthetics as well as technology. Since 1968 we’ve lived with just about the same imaginary of revolution. And since the neoliberal compromise of the 1980s, we’ve lived with the proliferating simulacra of that same revolutionary imaginary. How will our societies confront the new set of political and ecological challenges brought on by the tremendous acceleration of the globalized economy? What will the future be made of? For decades those questions were taboo. But when the financial sector suddenly froze in 2008, they began to take on an intense existential reality. The aesthetics of crisis names a vast, fractured, interlinked process of collective invention. It is the response of human beings to the restructuring of capital.”

TRADE TEST SITE er en mobil kulturel platform til udforksning af sammenblandingen af økonomi og æstetik. Initieret af Lise Skou (DK) med støtte fra Bonnie Fortune (DK/US). www.tradetestsite.com

Brian Holmes er kulturkritiker, social aktivist og selvstændig forsker, for tiden bosat i Chicago. Siden sluthalvfemserne har han analyseret modsætninger mellem neoliberal globalisering og samtidig været involveret i kunstprojekter. Hans essays er frit tilgængelige på http://brianholmes.wordpress.com.
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