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Trailing utopia: How can an exhibition on feminist art initiate communitas?


Seiler, Nina (2019). Trailing utopia: How can an exhibition on feminist art initiate communitas? Firenze: SenzaCornice.org - Piattaforma.

Abstract

In this article, I want to explore the ways contemporary art can produce community. By community I mean not a belonging to a specific group, but the concept of communitas as an open, unstructured, and egalitarian interpersonal bonding. The philosophical current circling around this understanding of communitas is closely tied to the Rancièrian concept of the «political» and views art both as a vehicle and incorporation of the political. The political and communitas emerge as and within an ecstatic interruption of the «distribution of the sensible», a rupturing with established hierarchies and an opening up for new possibilities and egalitarian interactions. Therefore, I would like to investigate into the conditions – if there are any – how art can initiate the political and communitas in the sense of an utopian project. This question I will consider at the example of an exhibition called Producing Futures – An Exhibition on Post-Cyber-Feminisms shown in early 2019 in Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Migros Museum for Contemporary Art) in Zurich, Switzerland. It seems important to me to reflect how the political utopias of (post-cyber-) feminist visions as present in an exhibition on contemporary art can inspire movement going beyond the contemplation of the observer. I want to ask about immunitarian/communitarian processes happening during the visit of the exhibition and to find out if the feminist perspective can reframe the understanding of communitas.

Abstract

In this article, I want to explore the ways contemporary art can produce community. By community I mean not a belonging to a specific group, but the concept of communitas as an open, unstructured, and egalitarian interpersonal bonding. The philosophical current circling around this understanding of communitas is closely tied to the Rancièrian concept of the «political» and views art both as a vehicle and incorporation of the political. The political and communitas emerge as and within an ecstatic interruption of the «distribution of the sensible», a rupturing with established hierarchies and an opening up for new possibilities and egalitarian interactions. Therefore, I would like to investigate into the conditions – if there are any – how art can initiate the political and communitas in the sense of an utopian project. This question I will consider at the example of an exhibition called Producing Futures – An Exhibition on Post-Cyber-Feminisms shown in early 2019 in Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Migros Museum for Contemporary Art) in Zurich, Switzerland. It seems important to me to reflect how the political utopias of (post-cyber-) feminist visions as present in an exhibition on contemporary art can inspire movement going beyond the contemplation of the observer. I want to ask about immunitarian/communitarian processes happening during the visit of the exhibition and to find out if the feminist perspective can reframe the understanding of communitas.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Kunst, Feminismus, Gemeinschaft, Cyber, Ausstellung, Zürich
Language:English
Date:May 2019
Deposited On:10 Jan 2020 08:56
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:24
Publisher:SenzaCornice.org - Piattaforma
Series Name:Senzacornice
ISSN:2281-3330
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://rivista.senzacornice.org/#!/articolo/136
Related URLs:http://www.senzacornice.org/
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100016_182586
  • : Project TitleKrise und Communitas. Performative Konzepte des Gemeinschaftlichen in der polnischen Kultur seit Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts
  • : Project Websitehttps://crisisandcommunitas.com/
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English