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Political Futures

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna, Austria

Over the last years fundamental conditions of social life have changed: class and work relations, the relations between politics and economics, aesthetics of mass media as well as political rhetorics are characterised by critical upheaval. What is at stake is no less than the question: how to proceed?

The discursive series Political Futures departs from the contemporary antagonisms and asks how the future can be activated and occupied as a space of possibilities and imagination. What other images, narratives, visions and aesthetics of the political are needed in order to turn the idea of the future forward? What contributions can art offer? What role can art institutions take on in the present – conscious of their responsibilities as well as their limits?
Following on from the exhibitions Political Populism (2015/2016) and How to Live Together (2017), the series Political Futures questions the role of the future between the poles of art and politics.

After the launch the series will take place over the course of 2018.


Friday February 2, 2018
5 – 5.15 pm: Welcome Nicolaus Schafhausen
5.30 – 6.30 pm: Talk with Philipp Ruch / Zentrum für Politische Schönheit, Cristina Ricupero & Nicolaus Schafhausen
6.45 – 7.45 pm: Lecture Ayşe Güleç
8 – 9 pm: Talk with Monika Szewczyk & Irena Haiduk / Yugoexport

Saturday February 3, 2018
12 – 12.15 pm: Welcome
12.30 – 1.30 pm: Talk with Miki Kratsman & Vanessa Joan Müller  
1.45 – 2.45 pm: Lecture Clémentine Deliss
2.45 - 3.30 pm: Break
3.30 – 4.30 pm: Talk with Marcel Odenbach & Christian Falsnaes
4.45 – 5.30 pm: Talk with Hito Steyerl & Nicolaus Schafhausen

Earlier Event: December 19
Salon: ISCP, New York
Later Event: June 24