/ecm diskurs 1: Access
Samstag, 29. März 2008, 19 Uhr
Ausstellungszentrum Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010 Wien
Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, London
Moderation: Nora Sternfeld, ecm / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
The lecture is adressing the field of art, exhibitions and museums and asks how to shift from a dictated imperative to provide 'accessibility' to displayed culture, to another possibility, one of forging through it, some form of 'access' to the culture at large.
In contemporary Western culture we labour under the constant exhortation from funding and policy making bodies and liberal politics to be 'accessible'. But providing easy points of entry into culture for mass audiences signals a very limited idea of culture as a readily available culmination of information and stimuli. The lecture is proposing a differentiated notion of 'access' regarding its potential opening towards a re-articulation of well known questions. At this point appears a reformulation of the concept of 'passion' not as romantic hyperbole, but as the drive to turn thought into action.
Irit Rogoff holds a university chair in Visual Culture at Goldsmiths College, London University and is director of an AHRB funded international research project "Cross Cultural Contemporary Arts". She writes extensively on conjunctions of critical theory and contemporary arts with particular interest in issues of geography, location, performativity and cultural difference. Rogoff is the author of "Terra Infirma – Geography's Visual Culture" (2001) and is presently working on a study of the participatory entitled "Looking Away – Participating Singularities and Ontological Communities". She has curated recently "De-Regulation – with the work of Kutlug Ataman" (Antwerp, Herzylia, Berlin 2007/8) and "Academy – Learning and Teaching" (Eindhoven, Antwerp 2006).