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Symposium: Failing art school? Institutionalization, modularization and resistant artistic research practice

Failing art school video

With Trinh T. Minh-ha, Irit Rogoff, Kathy-Ann Tan, Nana Adusei-Poku, Maria Hlavajová, Elke Krasny, Mi You, Lisa LeFeuvre, Florian Cramer, Christina Varvia, Karina Nimmerfall, Madhusree Dutta, Isabell Lorey, Sophie Maintigneux…

28. bis 29. Oktober 2021, online
All panels and keynotes will take place online via Zoom

To join, please register until 27.10.2021 at Maren Mildner,

Thinking artistic research as a practice of instituting oneself and a mode of unlearning, of dealing with uncertainties and risk, how could we at Academy of Media Arts keep this resilience for an artistic studies program? How can we view, practice, and teach artistic research not as an end in itself but as a queer-feminist, and anti-/decolonial practice? If researching within artistic practice means to perform ways of resistance, of lateral perspectives on art and research, and crossings of formalized artistic processes, how can this practice be preserved in highly formalized post-bologna institutions and be steady against a set of established methodologies? In which ways can we facilitate the space for intuitive, affective, unsystematic research, experiments, trial & error? Is there still space for failure in institutionalized, practice based research? How can we avoid creating programs that are determined by the logics of production, of output and the art market? What is the relation between academic institutions and independent platforms? And in which way could curatorial practice create a link between the two?

From 28.-29.10.2021, researchers, academics, curators, and practitioners from different fields will discuss artistic research as a practice of unlearning, of crossing fields and curricula. We're going to work out in which way epistemologies of art and research can be resilient/resistant to modularization and formalization processes. We will contrast experiences with BA, MA, and PhD programs in artistic research, their implementation, institutionalization, and current practice with experiences in more independent institutions or curatorial settings.


Thurs 28.10.2021


Keynote: Irit Rogoff (London)

Introduction by Isabell Lorey (Cologne/Berlin)


Research as anti/decolonial, queer-feminist practice

Trinh T. Minh-ha (Berkeley)

Kathy-Ann Tan (Berlin)

Nana Adusei-Poku (New York/Berlin)

Moderator:  Madhusree Dutta (Cologne)

Fri 29.10.2021


Curatorial practice and free platforms

Maria Hlavajová (Utrecht)

Elke Krasny (Vienna)

Mi You (Kassel)

Moderator: Lilian Haberer (Cologne)


Resistant practices and Bologna

Lisa LeFeuvre (Santa Fé)

Florian Cramer (Rotterdam)

Christina Varvia (Aarhus)

Moderator: Karina Nimmerfall (Cologne/Berlin)


Keynote Trinh T. Minh-ha (Berkeley): "The Twofold Commitment."

Introduction by Sophie Maintigneux (Cologne/Berlin)

Organized by Lilian Haberer & Katrin M. Kämpf, FG Art and Media Studies


Redaktion — Juliane Kuhn
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