Against the Anthropocene - Visual Culture and Environment Today

T.J. Demos, professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, founder and director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, and our honourable LGC-member, published a new book with Sternberg Press: "Against the Anthropocene. Visual Culture and Environment Today." The book can be ordered via the website of Sternberg Press.

Wendy Morris - This, of course, is a work of the imagination

The LGC is proud to announce the exhibition of our member and artist, Wendy Morris, at Mu.ZEE in Ostend, Belgium.

In 1917 the SS Mendi sails across the English Channel towards France, laden with black South African soldiers. After a collision the ship sinks. Over 600 men drown and no one comes to their help. The disaster fades in the turmoil of the Great War that is raging.

Horizon 2120. The notion of time in the interaction of the arts and sciences

In the context of the Bozar Art & Science project, which attempts to promote the interplay between artists and scientists, creating room for discussion on broad societal, global and local subjects, our co-director prof. Hilde Van Gelder will lecture during a workshop session. The main theme of this workshop will be the notion of time in the interaction of the arts and sciences. The imaginary time horizon is set to 2120.

Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus

The LGC is proud to present the exhibition "Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus," made in collaboration with the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona. This exhibition draws a straight line between Fish Story (1989–95), one of his better-known photographic essays, and his last work Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum. Along this line, we find Deep Six / Passer au bleu (1996–98) and the film The Lottery of the Sea (2006). In all of them Sekula laments the loss of the sea – with its connotations of danger and romanticism – thanks to a global economy that favours a connected world.

Performing the Border

The exhibition Performing the Border presents artistic works which are not satisfied with the obvious and evident and choose to focus their attention beyond to the outside. In a present time, where large parts of the globe are marked by racism, isolation, restricted freedom of the press, and “post-factual” debates, the artists plot scenarios in which the dubious categories of the “own” and the “foreign” can become tangible for the viewer. They conceive the complex field of national, ethnic, social, digital, and sexual identity as a realm for experiment.

Picture Presence. New Conceptions of Space and Place in Contemporary Photography

"You can constantly question my images: there are new stories in them every time" –Dirk Braeckman

Working with analogue photography, Dirk Braeckman explores the boundaries of his medium and challenges photographic conventions. His work reflects on the act of viewing and the status of the image.

STARCHITECTURE. Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities

In recent years, widespread media and critical attention has been lavished on famous architects and how their spectacular designs contribute to the branding of cities. Far less is known about the decision-making processes behind these projects and their subsequent urban effects. The book Starchitecture (by urban scholar Davide Ponzini and photographer Michele Nastasi) investigates recent skyscrapers, cultural projects, and high-profile developments designed by star architects in cities such as Paris, New York, Abu Dhabi, and Bilbao.

Delirium and Resistance: Activist art and the Crisis of Capitalism

In the aftermath of the 2016 US election, Brexit and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though capitalist crisis does not begin within art, art can reflect and amplify its effects to positive and negative ends.

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