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Tanja Ostoji ´ c, I´ll Be Your Angel, 2001. 4-days performance with Harald Szeemann, Plateau of Humankind, 49th Venice Biennale. Photo: Borut Krajnc. Courtesy Tanja Ostoji ´ c.

1.2.2011 Les Mardis de l’Art

Les Mardis de l'Art - Deciding Art in Global Networks

Lecture by Pascal Gielen

How are artistic choices made in a globalising art world and what are the arguments that play a part in this process? In this lecture, Pascal Gielen is looking for the "socio-logic" involved in artistic choices. He therefore focuses on changing social networks after 1989 and the effects they have on artistic decisions and decision-makers, concentrating on a particular sort of decision-maker, namely the curator. He argues that the decision-making process differs between museum curators and so called "independent" curators and that this shift is related to the process of globalisation. Artistic selections are today "dematerialised", which does not mean "decapitalised". The new immaterial idea itself is commodified within a new global competition rationale.

Pascal Gielen is professionally based at the University of Groningen (NL) as a sociologist of the arts, and he detains a research chair at the Fontys College for the Arts in Tilburg (NL). Gielen has published several books on cultural politics, cultural heritage, contemporary dance and the visual arts. Currently he works on an international theoretical and empirical research on the hybridisation of artistic practices and post-Fordism. In 2009 he edited together with Paul De Bruyne the book Arts in Society. Being an Artist in Post-Fordist Times (NAi Publishers, Rotterdam). He also published The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude. Global Art, Memory and Post-Fordism (publisher Valiz, Amsterdam).

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Tanja Ostoji ´ c, I´ll Be Your Angel, 2001. 4-days performance with Harald Szeemann, Plateau of Humankind, 49th Venice Biennale. Photo: Borut Krajnc. Courtesy Tanja Ostoji ´ c.