I will be ginbing a talk at the Workshop Symposium “Surveillance Cultures”, Giessen University, GCSC, July 06-07, 2017
Raul Gschrey (Frankfurt, Giessen): The Art of Surveillance: Contemporary Artistic Positions in Surveillance Society.
The scope and intensity of surveillance by private as well as public institutions has increased in the past decades. This has far-reaching effects on our lives and our public spaces. Along with the expansion of surveillance, in particular it’s most visible and contested aspect, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), artistic strategies develop that explore, challenge and subvert the techniques and their ramifications. The presentation will examine contemporary artistic positions and their specific strategies in relation to what has been termed Surveillance Society.
See the Programme…
Workshop: Addressing each and every one: Popularisation/populism through the visual arts
April 21 and 22 2016, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Main Building (Ludwigstrasse 23), 3th floor, Seminar-Raum
The workshop brings together scholars from art history, film studies, theatre studies, political theory, sociology and philosophy of religion from several European countries. It discusses the ways (iconic figurations, aesthetic styles, rhetoric figures etc.) through which visual culture addresses its audience and gets involved in the constitution of a public sphere. It is in particular interested in how the visual arts – understood as both visual popular culture as well as fine arts – becomes involved in popularisation practices and populist criticism.
The workshop approaches this subject by focusing on the central iconic figure that these practices bring into play: the “everybody” (which stands for “all of us”, but is at the same time also a “nobody”, a “common man”, a “common woman” and sometimes even a “new man” or a “new woman”). It presents spotlights of a genealogy and an iconography of the everybody and discusses political and philosophical theories about how the mediating force of this iconic figuration can be understood and valuated. In doing so, the workshop pays particular attention to the ambivalent role this figure plays, especially in most recent history, in triggering both desire and enthusiasm as well as resentment and hate.
Programme below Weiterlesen
Law’s Pluralities ׀ Conference & Exhibition 06.05. – 09.05.2015
06.05. – 24.05.2015 exhibition at “Neuer Kunstverein Giessen” & during the conference “Law’s Pluralities” at Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Artists: Il-Jin Choi ׀ Raul Gschrey ׀ Mi You ׀ Manu Lutsch
In May 2015 the conference “Law’s Pluralities” will take place at Justus Liebig University Giessen/Germany. In a series of keynote presentations by experts and in panel sessions and discussions, as well as in an exhibition it will explore cultural constructions of law.
The interrogation of the cultural construction and negotiation of legal practices in the conference „Law’s Pluralities“ offers an interesting occasion for the presentation of an exhibition of artistic works dealing with the topic. The international artistic positions reflect on the social and legal frameworks and find means to visualise phenomena that often remain abstract. Furthermore here the artistic interventions themselves contribute to the differentiation and development of “legal writing”. Through their explorations, contestations and subversions, they participate in an alternative production of knowledge and function as mediators of and shape legal practices. The exhibition will be located at the conference venue and in the close-by “Neuer Giessner Kunstverein”, a local art association. This will expand the exhibition’s and conference’s reception towards a non-academic public open the discourse on the politically and socially relevant topic to a larger public. Among others works by Il-Jin Choi, Raul Gschrey, Mi You & Manu Luksch will be shown.
The conference and exhibition is organized at Justus Liebig University Giessen by the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in cooperation with the Department of English, the Rudolf-von-Jhering Institute, and in cooperation with the Neuer Kunstverein Giessen.
The publication Experiencing Space – Spacing Experience: Concepts, Practices, and Materialities of the GCSC conference at Ruhrtriennale 2013 was finally released. The book is available at WVT Verlag. Containing also one of my articles:
Raul Gschrey: “Opening the Closed Circuit: Artistic Practices in Spaces under Surveillance.” In: Experiencing Space – Spacing Experience: Concepts, Practices, and Materialities.Berning, Nora; Schulte, Philipp; Schwanecke, Christine (eds.) Trier: WVT, 2014, 259-273.
Table of Contents
Interdisciplinary approaches to the intersection of space and experience, which comprise an emerging research topic in the study of culture, are few and far between. This conceptual volume maps the rapidly developing international field of research related to the presentation and representation of spatial experience as well as the experiential interfaces of space and experience – particularly in light of new directions in research, which include the exploration of space as a ‘cultural-theoretical’ or ‘psychogeographical’ category. Weiterlesen
Material Matters in Times of Crisis Capitalism: Transnational Feminist and Decolonial Approaches /// Materialität im Krisen-Kapitalismus: Transnational-Feministische und Dekoloniale
Perspektiven /// Cuestiones Materiales en Tiempos del
Capitalismo de Crisis: Enfoques transnacionales feministas y decoloniales
13th – 15th November 2014, Conference & Exhibition, Institute of Sociology, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen. Main Building
Ludwigstraße 23, 35390 Gießen
Thursday 13.11: 16.00 Conference opening ; 17.00 keynote: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, 19.00 performance by Raul Gschrey & exhibition opening.
Crisis is not exceptional in capitalism but its constant companion. It represents the foundation from which the modern/colonial world system has evolved. This conference draws on critical feminist economics and decolonial feminist thought and practice on material matters. The question of materiality has emerged as a central topic in recent years. Under the umbrella term “new materialism”, this interdisciplinary and multifaceted academic debate seems to have revived a Marxist vocabulary. Yet, the question of why “materiality” matters in times of crisis capitalism is rather absent in this debate. We are considering this question by three inter-related aims: first, to examine from transnational feminist perspectives the impact of the global crisis on people’s livelihoods; second, to explore the theoretical contributions of the triad of feminism, coloniality and political economy; and, third, to consider critical feminist economics and decolonial approaches to thinking alternative economies and convivial futures.
Law’s Pluralities – Cultures:Narratives:Images:Genders /// Pluralitäten des Gesetzes – Kulturen:Narrative:Bilder:Genders
6-8 May 2015: Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
In May 2015 the conference and exhibition “Law’s Pluralities” will take place at Justus Liebig University Giessen/Germany. In a series of keynote presentations by experts and in panel sessions and discussions, as well as in an exhibition it will explore cultural constructions of law. We invite academic contributions in the conference languages English and German. See the Law’s Pluralities Call for Papers.
The event is organized at Justus Liebig University Giessen by the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in cooperation with the Department of English, the Rudolf-von-Jhering Institute, and in cooperation with the Neue Giessener Kunstverein.
“Ambiguities & Asymmetries”, Review of the SSN Conference, Barcelona, 2014
The bi-annual conference of the Surveillance Studies Network 2014 takes place in the centre of Barcelona, on the campus of the University of Barcelona and the adjoining cultural institution CCCB. This year’s conference’s topic opens the floor to discussions of “Asymmetries and Ambiguities” in Surveillance Studies. The attention for the conference is unusual, not only in academia, as it becomes obvious in the comparably large number of 170 participants, but also in exceptional public and media attention. This surely has to do with the revelations of Edward Snowden and the so-called NSA scandal, which have proved true or surpassed the often dismissed observations of the surveillance studies community. Here especially “asymmetries” come to the fore: between an all-encompassing state-run surveillance assemblage, drawing on private sources, on the one side and disempowered individuals on the other.
In the evening panel discussion (videos available online) with Caspar Bowden (a privacy advocate and former Microsoft executive), Katarzyna Szymielewicz (human rights lawyer, Panoptykon Foundation), and Ben Wizner (Snowden’s lawyer) who is participating via video connection, these asymmetries become apparent. Weiterlesen
International Conference “States of Exceptionalism: Globalization, Difference, Power”
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus, Rathenaustraße 24A, 35394 Giessen
While the contemporary world is increasingly characterized by conflict and crisis, challenging imagined geographies and geopolitical patterns formerly regarded as stable, exceptional identity positions seem to gain ground. As the world globalizes, a growing need to construct the Self as special, superior, unique and exceptional seems to emerge. Nations, countries, regions and cities as well as social groups claiming to be exceptional, obviously follow a mission. They use their alleged superiority, be it of an economic, a power-related or an imagined ethical and moral kind, to supply the other parts of the world with strategies of good governance and exemplary models.
With this conference we take a closer look at the emerging term in order to compare and discuss how it is conceptualized and utilized in different places and contexts. Weiterlesen