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Trailing utopia. Initiation of communitas through feminist art


Seiler, Nina (2019). Trailing utopia. Initiation of communitas through feminist art. FemInfo, 52:18-21.

Abstract

In this article, I am exploring the ways in which contemporary art can produce community. By community I mean not a belonging to a specific group, but the political-philosophical concept of communitas as an open, unstructured, and egalitarian bonding; a rupturing with established hierarchies and an opening up of new possibilities and interactions in common solidarity. I want to investigate into the conditions if and how art can initiate political change by affectively moving us towards communitas as a utopian project – instead of leading to passive partaking and political disengagement. In order to answer this question I will consider the example of an exhibition called Producing Futures – An Exhibition on Post-Cyber-Feminisms shown in early 2019 in the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, Switzerland.

Abstract

In this article, I am exploring the ways in which contemporary art can produce community. By community I mean not a belonging to a specific group, but the political-philosophical concept of communitas as an open, unstructured, and egalitarian bonding; a rupturing with established hierarchies and an opening up of new possibilities and interactions in common solidarity. I want to investigate into the conditions if and how art can initiate political change by affectively moving us towards communitas as a utopian project – instead of leading to passive partaking and political disengagement. In order to answer this question I will consider the example of an exhibition called Producing Futures – An Exhibition on Post-Cyber-Feminisms shown in early 2019 in the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Kunst, Feminismus, Cyber, Ausstellung, Zürich, Gemeinschaft
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:17 Jan 2020 14:53
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:24
Publisher:s.n.
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.femwiss.ch/deutsch/feminfo/archiv/

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