Jumping Scales: Local Densities and Global Art Circulations

Category - annual lecture 2017

Professor Irit Rogoff will deliver the 6th MA Asian Art Histories Annual Lecture on 23rd March 2017

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Block F Level 2 #F201
LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street

Free admission (on a first-come first-served basis)
RSVP: estee.ho@lasalle.edu.sg
A reception will follow

How to exit the false binaries of Local and Global and to develop a vocabulary for the trials and tribulations of circulation and scale in global art? Since we do not assume that different histories and different visual languages mean identically across cultures, what tools do we have for thinking across such differences?  The quest to operate in several parallel modernisms across the globe, recognises that we cannot apply one Western model to every form of cultural production. Jean Luc Nancy proposes that we replace the notion of ‘Globalisation’ with that of ‘World Making’ and in his footsteps, the lecture would ask under what circumstances can we make a world rather than represent one? It is perhaps the permissions provided by fragmenting terms such as ‘micropolitics’ and ‘jumping scale’ that allow us to move on from description and representation within creative practices.

Irit Rogoff is a writer, educator, curator and organisor. She is Professor of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London, a department she founded in 2002. Rogoff works at the meeting ground between contemporary practices, politics and philosophy. Her main fields of interest have been geography and globalization (“Terra Infirma” 2001, 2009) as artistic knowledge and questions of education and public study (A.C.A.D.E.M.Y 2006 and ‘Education Actialised’ e-flux 2010). Her current work is on new practices of knowledge production and their impact on modes of research, under the title of “The Way We Work Now” (forthcoming). As part of the collective freethought Rogoff was one of the artistic directors of the Norwegian Triennial “The Bergen Assembly” September, 2016, with the public research project “infrastructure”.