Seminar | Beyond Art Activism: Rewriting Arts Neoliberal Value System at IMMA

IMMA talksWednesday 26 October, 2.00 to 6.00pm
North Range, IMMA.

As a result of the internalization of a number of values and practices that can be defined as neoliberal, the European public art landscape has been gradually depoliticized in recent years.

Questioning how artists and artists’ collectives can best navigate the passage from our current neoliberalized art landscape to a radically democratic one. The seminar presents a dynamic programme of speakers who include, Dutch artist Jonas Staal, Mel Evans/ Liberate Tate Collective, Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt, Mel Jordan/ Freee and Irish artist Kerry Guinan – all of whom experiment with the establishment of alternative, bottom-up art, pedagogic and political institutions that offer viable and much needed alternatives to their neoliberalized top-down counterparts. With these quasi- or para-institutions, they make propositions for how things could be, how public art institutions might otherwise operate if they could be liberated from their neoliberal value systems.

Contributors will consider what a post-neoliberal art system might look like and the alternative methodologies and values that could help shape it.

Beyond Art Activism: Rewriting Art’s Neoliberal Value System Seminar at IMMA, is organized in collaboration with Dr Emma Mahony, Lecturer in Visual Culture at NCAD.

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