Kunst und internationale Politik

Andreas Stadler
Art Sciences and Art Education, Cultural Studies
2018W, Vorlesungen (VO), 2.0 semester hours, course number S00539

Description

This course is on foreign policy and its interrelationship with the arts and culture, i.e. on cultural diplomacy and cultural cooperation.

The arts have always been a rich resource for the projection of power abroad. Artists, academics and intellectuals are instrumentalized by political elites for goals of public diplomacy such as increasing legitimacy and credibility. At the same time, artists, academics and intellectuals are often interested in cooperation to further national goals, but also as a means of extending their own networks and boosting their professional reputation.

Exact dates and modus: see German version!

In liberal democracies diplomatic service for the arts, academia and intellectuals has become an integral part of foreign policy - along with furthering political, economic or consular interests. Proactive cultural diplomacy has supported national artistic and academic operators with a view to fostering their international integration, cooperation and competitiveness. Sending creative talents abroad also helps to promote openness and reduce peripherality and inbreeding.

Cultural cooperation, educational exchange and diplomacy are deemed to improve international dialogue and cooperation and consequently foster peace and security.

Artistic and intellectual production, however, is always closely interwoven with power, be it critical or affirmative, political or economic.

States that developed after the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union as well as many aspiring countries of the former so called Third World devote considerable resources to the creation of new identities and to branding their images abroad.

While globalization of all sorts has been praised for decades in particular by the Anglo-Saxon world, it is particularly the United States of America and Great Britain that are in a process of withdrawing to identitarian and nationalist politics.

States do not only compete with well established competitors in the international arena, but also with international corporations, media and other interests´ networks which also exert considerable cultural power.

The underlying structures of power are often veiled or not fully transparent. Diplomacy remains – whether admittedly so or not – in the first place an instrument of securing national interests.

Other important issues such as inequalities, cultural and economic divergences in class and gender, as well as postcolonial imbalances are often sidelined to the “cultural and academic sector” where controversies can be negotiated in relative freedom, but with less political relevance.

Artists, academics and intellectuals often address these questions as well as the tensions that arise from their interaction with diplomacy. This has resulted in a vast body of critical, activist, and emancipatory creativity to challenge the status quo.

Progressive and democratic cultural diplomacy and cultural cooperation has therefore to support this critical potential, challenging established structures of international power reproduction. This is how critical questions can be transferred from the sidelines to the center of political attention.

Examination Modalities

Presentation of artistic reserach, a concret project or project proposal or a written text. Active participation is required, only two absences are accepted.

Comments

Literatur wird Anfang Oktober bekannt gegeben.

Anmeldung bevorzugt Online

Maximal 20 TeilnehmerInnen

Key Words

architecture, lecture, discussion, internet art, interventionist art, art in public space, performance, happening, cultural politics, conceptual, electronic media, actionist art

Course Enrolment

From 31 August 2018, 17:31 to 08 October 2018, 17:56
Via online registration
via email: andreas.stadler@bmeia.gv.at

Fine Arts (2. Section): Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts (2. Section): Art Theory, Cultural Studies, Art History, Philosophy (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Photography (2. Section): Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Graphics (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaftliche LV nach Wahl (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Landscape Arts (2. Section): Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Painting (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaftliche LV nach Wahl (2.0 ECTS)

Stage Design (1. Section): Kultur- u. Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Stage Design (2. Section): Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Applied Photography and Time-based Media (2. Section): Humanities (2.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Graphic Design (2. Section): Humanities (2.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Graphics and Advertising (2. Section): Humanities (2.0 ECTS)

Design: Specialisation in Fashion Design (1. Section): Free Elective Pool Methodological and Theoretical Basics (2.0 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.5 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (2. Section): Aus Kunst und Kulturwissenschaften, (davon min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (mind. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, (min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis (2.0 ECTS)

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (1. Section): Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (1. Section): Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations (2.0 ECTS)

co-registration: possible (2.0 ECTS)

Attending individual courses: not possible