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Joana Masó "Light after the lights. Contemporary women artists on language". The 1990s Course

15/03/2018
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Fons audiovisual / Lectures and debates

Perhaps since the late nineties, some artistic practices have developed an unprecedented relationship with the political. They no longer identify with recognisable forms of militancy, commitment or activism. They explore other less visible ways of politicising that are linked to critique, contemporary philosophy and the work on language, along with its forms of domination and deconstruction.

Appropriating some of the questions that were opened in contemporary thinking by philosophers such as Jacques Derrida and Jacques Rancière, we will analyse the work of some contemporary women artists who – not only in language, but also in one’s mother tongue – place the battle for the sense of who we are as subjects who speak and from where: from which bodies and cultural imaginaries. How are we to read from there the consensus of artistic practices on ‘globish’, at a time when the artistic action itself moves towards the problematics of language? What sense does it make to speak, in artistic practices, of the multiple forms of domination found in English, in Kikuyu or in Catalan caló? To what extent and in what ways has the materiality of language become a working tool for artists where the forms of normality, globality, authorisation and consensus on artistic practices and the world are in litigation? What implicit and default decisions frame and limit the power of artistic practice with respect to decisions and commitments acquired through language?

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