Moving beyond a critique of the status quo and unreachable visions of an ideal world, how can we create alternative spaces/communities/ways of doing – however temporary and limited they may be – that enact our vision of a desirable future?

In this event, we are navigating the intersection between art and activism, looking at the possibility of micro-utopias within existing realities, and the ethical and aesthetical challenges that arise whenever artists are driven by social concerns.
We hope to discuss various tools for creative activism and different forms of engagement from more direct political action to gallery-based relational aesthetics (N. Bourriaud) or “artificial hells” (C. Bishop). At the same time, we want to critically examine disciplinary borders and the social function of art.

This final event will bring together practitioners from different fields – artists, curators, writers and activist “veterans” – who will share their individual concerns and methods in their practice, before engaging in a broader roundtable discussion led by student questions.


22 March 2018
5 – 8 pm
Lecture theatre GH 109