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Within the scope of Antarctica. A Symposium on Alienation
Marina Vishmidt: Relatable Alienation – The Logic and History of an Idea
This presentation will intervene on the hypothesis that the role of the artist is distinguished by unalienated labour. This will proceed in three stages and a coda: 1. Outlining the difference between alienation and objectification; 2. What is alienated and what is not alienated about artistic labour?; 3. What is the role of exceptionality in the rule of the capitalist form of value more generally?
Kerstin Stakemeier: The Aesthetic Properties of Alienation
In (aesthetic) theories of the twentieth century alienation is thought of as the modern subject’s original sin: it signifies it’s separation from the world it capitalized. But alienation is much more than that: our alienation is our self-property. Kerstin Stakemeier investigates historical and contemporary lineages of aesthetic praxis which expose this self-property to dynamisms of self-expropriation, treating alienation not so much as an original sin but rather as a constitutive privilege.
Angela Dimitrakaki: Left with TINA – Alienation and Anti-communism
A number of movements and struggles take as the crux of their politics an “anti” stance, the most visible perhaps among them figured and configured as “anti-capitalism”; contemporary struggles on the left often self-identify as anti-capitalist. This paper will seek to problematise the ideological space (and time) of this “anti” stance by linking it to capitalism’s most successful ideological campaign, itself headed by another“anti”: anti-communism.
is a writer, editor and lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she convenes a Masters’ in Culture Industry. From 2014-2018, she ran a theory seminar at the Dutch Art Institute. She publishes in academic and other publications on topics related to the political economies of art, politics and philosophy. She is the co-author of Reproducing Autonomy: Work, Money, Crisis and Contemporary Art (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Mute, 2016), and the forthcoming monograph, Speculation as a Mode of Production (Brill, 2018).
a writer and educator based in Berlin, is a professor of art theory and mediation at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg. She was a researcher at the Jan va Eyck Academy and taught a.o. at Leuphana University, Free University Berlin and the Bauhaus University in Weimar. She is the author of Unbridled Formalism: Devices of an Antimodern Aesthetics (b_books, 2017), of which an English translation is forthcoming with Sternberg Press.
is a writer and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh where she directs the MSc Modern & Contemporary Art. Her scholarly work includes the books Gender, ArtWork and the Global Imperative (2013) and Economy: Art, Production and the Subject in the 21st Century (2015, co-edited with Kirsten Lloyd). Angela is also an award-winning novelist writing in her native Greek; her first novel Αντaρκτική (Antarctica 1997/ revised 2006) is among her works of fiction that address the transformation of subjectivity in contemporary global landscapes.