"Artistic Research in the Era of Globalization" Workshop with Danny Butt
In her book An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalisation (2012), Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak notes that the aesthetic has the potential to shake up our habit of not thinking about our habits. In this way, and in accordance with a range of theories of contemporary art, artistic knowledge holds a kind of negative value, opening us to our specific location on the planet and our specific ways of sensing “the world”. The rapid growth of the university in both scale and spread in the last half-century, its financialisation and reconfiguration as an education industry, and the networked information technologies that transport its knowledge have combined to provide new conditions for education’s “globalisability”,and its potential synchronisation and distribution over this globe. How could we understand the situation of the student engaged in “artistic research” as a subject and object of this global circuit? How is this linked to the aestheticisation of the economy, the growth of the art market and the art education market, and the valorisation of “creativity” by speculative capital? This workshop will introduce key issues in the development of artistic research as an international phenomenon, and collectively sense and articulate specific strategies for artists engaged in a contemporary higher education setting.