|What about Activism?
Edited by Steven Henry Madoff
Monday, December 9, 2019, 7 p.m.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Studio, front building, 1st floor
Auguststr. 69, 10117 Berlin
Please join Sternberg Press for a conversation between Defne Ayas, Clémentine Deliss, Steven Henry Madoff, Antonia Majaca, Mick Wilson, and Tirdad Zolghadr on the occasion of the recent publication of What about Activism?
With the global rise of a politics of shock driven by authoritarian regimes that subvert the rule of law and civil liberties, what paths to resistance, sanctuary, and change can cultural institutions offer? What about activism in curatorial practice? In this book, more than twenty leading curators and thinkers about contemporary art present powerful case studies, historical analyses, and theoretical perspectives that address the dynamics of activism, protest, and advocacy. What unfolds in these pages is a vast range of ideas—a tool kit for cultural producers everywhere to engage audiences and face the fierce political challenges of today and tomorrow.
What about Activism? is based on the summit “Curatorial Activism and the Politics of Shock” that took place at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Along with expanded versions of the talks given at the conference, the book includes a transcript of a roundtable discussion moderated by Steven Henry Madoff and Brian Kuan Wood with the speakers and students in the MA Curatorial Practice program at SVA.
With texts by Defne Ayas, Ute Meta Bauer, Nicolas Bourriaud, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Joshua Decter, Clémentine Deliss, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Boris Groys, Hou Hanru, Maria Lind, Steven Henry Madoff, Antonia Majaca, Gabi Ngcobo, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jack Persekian with Alison Carmel Ramer, Pi Li, María Belén Sáez de Ibarra, Terry Smith, Nato Thompson, Mick Wilson, Brian Kuan Wood, Tirdad Zolghadr
Design by Bardhi Haliti with Zuzana Kostelanská
August 2019, English
12.5 x 19.5 cm, 272 pages, softcover