Historizing the Future

Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir
Art Sciences and Art Education, Art History
2022S, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04137

Description

In this seminar, we will discuss and analyze artworks and texts that engage with futurity. We will consider how various artists and writers have depicted, interrogated, and represented the future during the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. These portrayals can materialize in the form of performance, art objects, or manifestoes, and display utopian societies, future bodies, apocalyptic catastrophes, or any kind of alternative social realities – be it a techno-fantasy of a posthuman life or an environmental doomsday scenario. Movements and currents such as Futurism, Actionism, and Afrofuturism will be examined, alongside theories of queer futurity and the posthuman, as they relate to the avant-garde and contemporary art. Historical contextualization is a key aspect, as these visions of the future are shaped by the cultural milieu they originate from. Their contemporary manifestations are influenced by, among others, new media and technologies, the colossal and devastating impact of capitalism, the dire effects of climate change and other ecological crises of the Anthropocene, and the rise of fascism and the far-right.

The aim of the course is to analyze representations of the future, reflect on their social, political, and aesthetic implications, with an emphasis on how they are employed as instruments of critique. We will contemplate works that confront and rethink the past through imagining different futures. In particular, artworks and texts that seek to challenge dominant historiography – a praxis that often includes combating linear time (Afrofuturism, Queer futurity).

Examination Modalities

Close readings of works and discussions in class. Writing a seminar paper. Evaluation will be based on the presence and participation in class and the seminar paper. In order to pass the class, regular attendance is required and to get a passing grade for the paper.

Comments

The class will be held in English, so a good understanding of written and spoken English is necessary. No previous knowledge of the content is required.

Dates

02 March 2022, 15:30–17:00
09 March 2022, 15:30–17:00
16 March 2022, 15:30–17:00
23 March 2022, 15:30–17:00
30 March 2022, 15:30–17:00
06 April 2022, 15:30–17:00
27 April 2022, 15:30–17:00
04 May 2022, 15:30–17:00
11 May 2022, 15:30–17:00
18 May 2022, 15:30–17:00
25 May 2022, 15:30–17:00
01 June 2022, 15:30–17:00
08 June 2022, 15:30–17:00
15 June 2022, 15:30–17:00
22 June 2022, 15:30–17:00

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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