Politics of Memory investigates the question how contemporary art contributes in processes of memorization of traumatic events by exploring the interrelations between art, violence, and subjugated knowledge. Politics of Memory is a research project framed within a theoretical, political, and artistic context. It investigates contemporary art’s contribution in processes of memorialization of traumatic events by exploring the interrelations between art, violence, and subjugated knowledge. The one-year long project, which started in September 2014, is formed through site visits, seminars, lectures, workshops, interviews and reading groups. Politics of Memory is a dialogue between artists, theorists, activists and scholars. It will act as a public forum, and as a display and discussion platform for various forms of investigation: texts, transcribed lectures and visual art works. Last year Politics of Memory consisted of a field trip, serial of workshops, interviews seminars and lectures defining the existing contours and horizons by examining different Politics of Memory approaches, methods and conceptions and how it reflects in students own projects. Politics of Memory program in September and October 2015 will focus on closing and summing up and simultaneously opening up the concept of the Politics of Memory program at KIT, by interrogating the space in-between memorial and counter-memorial trough lectures, visiting lecturers and workshops.
Politics of Memory deploys an integrative methodology – through critical knowledge production – to inscribe socially transformative politics of education. It focuses on the complex relationship between heritage and violence. The goal is to empower the participants to contextualising, critical thinking and linking it to its own artistic practice.
The course is targeting at MFA students (1st and 2nd year), but it is open to all students who are committed to join the entire course of the program.
- Michel Foucault, “Society Must Be Defended”, Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-76
- Michel Foucault: Language, Counter Memory, Practice
- Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism, Aron Vinegar and Jorge Otero-Pailos, Editorial: What a Monument Can Do?, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Winter 2011)
- Peggy Phelan, Unmarked, The ontology of performance: representation without reproduction
- Adrian Parr: Deleuze And Memorial Culture Desire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma
- Jochen Gerz (Volume 1): Performances (1968-1985), Installations (1968-1998), Works in public space (1968-1999)
- Andrew Herscher: Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict
- Wendy Brown: Tolerance as Museum Object: The Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU)