DARE #7: How Possible is Abstract?
Utrecht, March 23 2012
Maria Lind's research project Abstract Possible proposes that we have to pay attention to and reconsider certain crucial aspects of the phenomena of abstraction as manifested in contemporary art. The project follows, examines and complicates three prominent tendencies: formal abstraction, economic abstraction and social abstraction ("withdrawal-strategies"). All this is happening within a culture in which we literally "live under abstraction", although the economic recession has more recently called such abstraction into relief. Topics to be discussed: What is the potential of abstraction in such a contested territory? Perhaps we can begin to think of these abstract and opaque strategies and tactics as an indication of a different "post-postmodern" critical paradigm challenging the enlightenment trust in transparency? Or is it yet another phenomenon obscuring our view of the world?
Keynote speaker: Maria Lind
Respondents: Edwin Jacobs, Joke Robaard, Macha Roesink
Referent: Klaas Hoek