Preposterous! Towards a Mutuality Between Thinking and Artmaking

Event: Public talk

Location: Zoom

20 June 2022, 17.00-19.00 (Bucharest time)

Mieke BAL, Professor of Theory of Literature and founding director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam

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This lecture is devoted to a practice that counters a dogmatic historicism as well as the hierarchical and linear implications of the currently popular idea of “artistic research”. With “countering” I don’t mean rejecting. The nuanced difference between “counter-” and “anti-” lies therein, that countering recognizes and engages history critically, while opposing it and simply rejecting it would be a case of throwing away the baby with the bathwater. Instead, I will bring up and discuss a number of issues in which the temporality we deploy when making or visiting exhibitions becomes a crucial tool to change the experience. I will allege the example of my recent video It’s About Time! Reflections on Urgency, in which I deploy through the figure of Cassandra both the idea of “image-Thinking” and the mutuality between past and present I have called “pre-posterous” with a self-ironic wink.


Please watch before the talk the 30″ film It’s About Time! Reflections on Urgency.

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This event is organized within Periodization in the History of Art and its Conundrums. How to tackle them in East-Central Europe seminar series, a program supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative.