Kunst und internationale Politik

Andreas Stadler
Art Sciences and Art Education, Cultural Studies
2020W, Vorlesungen (VO), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02976

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.

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 reduce provincialism and promote openness.

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 & democratic cultural diplomacy and cultural cooperation have 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.

Most Tuesdays, 18.15 -19.45 hours, starting 6 October

Examination Modalities

See German

Comments

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Key Words

fashion design, discussion, interactive art, process art, interventionist art, art in public space, cultural politics, conceptual, electronic media, actionist art

Course Enrolment

From 03 August 2020, 08:44 to 12 October 2020, 10:09
Via online registration
via email: andreas.stadler@bmeia.gv.at

co-registration: possible

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

Art Education: subject kkp (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

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

Art Education: subject tex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

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

Art Education: subject dae (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

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

Art Education: subject dex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations

Stage Design (1. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Stage Design (2. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

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

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

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

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

Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (Master): Electives Area 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Individual courses: possible