Here’s the detail of the 2nd Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester by Diedrich Diederichsen .
Date: 23rd September, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30pm
Venue : M6094 Future Cinema Studio (6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre)
There have been plenty of debates around the question whether there is a difference—and what is the difference—between Modern Art and Contemporary Art, and when Contemporary Art begins. This debate has often focused on historical/political events or technological shifts, and has often developed a perspective that contemporary art is also over and will be replaced by new formats or a new perspective on historical shifts and successions. In this talk I will propose that we consider the year 1960 (+/- 5 years) as the beginning not so much of new times but of new forms. To see these new forms one would first have to step back from the usual paradigm according to which formats and their contents are closely connected to social processes and societal developments and look at them rather from a formalistic point of view. But then secondly one would have to realize that these forms were only possible due to a major social and cultural shift: the reconfiguration of the social hierarchies of art and a reformulation of what was once the popular. New experimental “high art” formats and youth-cultural “popular” formats follow the same aesthetic rules and decisions and will establish in the 50+ years since then a new vocabulary in almost all art forms (music, moving images, performative arts etc.). What does this mean for critical concepts like “the cultural industry”?
Bio: Diedrich Diederichsen (born 1957) is one of Germany’s most renowned intellectual writers at the crossroads of the arts, politics, and pop culture. He is a prolific writer and contributes frequently to journals like Texte zur Kunst, Artforum, and Frieze. A main topic of his writing is the tension between subjectivity, identity politics, and culture industry in Post-Fordist society. He is Professor for Theory, Practice, and Communication of Contemporary Art at the Institute for Art History & Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna.