Making Art, Making Time

Cassar, Ignaz and Kalyva, Eve. 2013. 'Making Art, Making Time'. In: Program session at the annual conference of the College Art Association. New York City, United States. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This session wishes to query the current attention to art’s contemporaneity in both theoretical and practical terms. Contemporary art can be understood as a particular temporal definition of art production in relation to the historical moment; with this in mind, we wish to address the implications or potential ramifications of the term ‘contemporaneity’ in relation to art, history, and criticism. While art practices have developed new ways of engaging the spatio-temporal continuum of experience, the notion of contemporaneity has been considered in relation to historicity and memory, ethics, and the value of the new (Groys, Agamben, Deleuze, Riegl).

In this light, we invite particular focus on how the concept of contemporaneity is problematized and interrogated in installations and works that use new time-manipulating technologies. Installation and performance art intensify the experiential dimensions of art that thematize the now. Equally, the use of new technologies re-activates an enquiry into different types of contemporaneity and the relation of art making to historicity. For their part, and responding to the immediacy of such practices, twenty-first century art institutions have developed more fluid forms of presentation and more readily-available forms of public engagement (e-bulletins, blogs, podcasts).

With this session we encourage papers that explore the temporality of art in works (and their presentations) that themselves engage with the notion of time. How do works deal with time, engage with a particular time or instance, and negotiate their own temporal limits?

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New York City, United States

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17 Feb 2014 17:32

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