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- On art and ethics with Renzo Martens, Nina Möntmann and Måns Wrange

Time: 6 November 2013, 6 pm
Place: The project room, Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, 2 floor
Language: English

Welcome to the launch of the book Scandalous: A Reader on Art and Ethics (ed. Nina Möntmann), published by The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and Sternberg Press. After an introduction by Nina Möntmann, curator and Professor of Art Theory and the History of Ideas at the Royal Institute of Art, Måns Wrange, artist and vice-chancellor at the Royal Institute of Art, will give a presentation on “The Political Economy of the Art Scandal”. The evening will also include a film screening by Dutch filmmaker and current Yale World Fellow Renzo Martens followed by a Skype conversation.
Recent encounters between art and life, the ubiquity of images of violence and humiliation in visual culture and the media, and the persistence of controversial debates on public and participatory art projects are raising fundamental questions about the importance of ethical decisions in art and curating. How far can provocation in art go, before it becomes cynical and abusive? Does “good censorship” exist? Are ethical decisions seen as more urgent in participatory art?
The reader introduces current notions of ethics in several contexts related to the cultural field. Responding to the instrumentalization of ethics as a privileged tool of neoliberalism; the reader claims the need for an ethics that critically reflects the mechanisms of contemporary global power structures. The contributions discuss models of subjective and situational ethics and pit them against a canon of unquestioned principles and upturned notions of ethics and human rights.


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Scandalous: A Reader on Art and Ethics
Edited by Nina Möntmann, texts by Petra Bauer and Annette Krauss, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Galit Eilat, Ronald Jones, Maria Karlsson and Måns Wrange, Nina Möntmann, Peter Osborne, Marcus Steinweg, Nato Thompson; conversations between Simon Critchley and Miguel Á. Hernández-Navarro, Renzo Martens and T. J. Demos. Published by the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and Sternberg Press

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