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Krakau 2013

UPCOMING: 51st AICA International Congress Taiwan

Tien-Han Chang

Art Criticism in the Age of Virtuality and Democracy
14-21 November 2018

Based on observations of important tendencies in the actual world, we would like to address some key issues concerning the role of art criticism related to these new developments.

Firstly, the virtual is not the opposite of reality but rather an increasing part of our reality. Presently, communities, social relations, everyday life, the body, and even biological life are in the processes of mass virtualization. Life itself has been supposed as an algorithm, AI as a brain without body, while space-time’s relationship is virtualized in VR technology. A virtual enterprise need no longer convene its employees onsite, but rather can delegate work to be done remotely, thus re-articulating the time-space relationship of its workers.

Secondly, if we make an observation of a longer duration, there seems to be an unquestionable expansion of democracy which can be confirmed by the democratic transitions beginning in the mid-1970s, which span from Latin America to Taiwan and South Korea, through the end of the cold war, and to following transitions in Eastern Europe, the Color Revolution and the Umbrella Movement in Hong-Kong in the fall of 2014. Nevertheless in more recent years, the phenomenon of the retreat of democracy can also be observed in the uprising of the populism worldwide.

Moreover, these two tendencies may be related. The Congress Theme “Art Criticism in the age of Virtuality and Democracy” has two sub-themes:

Art criticism in the age of virtualityArt discourse facing challenged democracy

“Art criticism in the age of virtuality” will address the situation in which the rapid pace of development in computer and media technologies is creating new working environments and new possibilities for art, each with their own particular problematics. How does this process affect the description, interpretation and evaluation of contemporary art? More precisely, does art criticism develop new methodology and new languages concerning its analysis and new problematics in its debates? What does it mean for art and art criticism that new media reaches crowds of new readers around the world, often “for free”?“Art discourse facing challenged democracy” will discuss the following questions: how is art discourse constitutive of the collective representations and imaginary of democracy? In the situation of democracy under challenge, how are these social-political phenomena reflected in new developments of censorship and self-censorship, or post-truth? For new problems brought out by transitional justice, what kind of function can art discourse play?

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Liste der internationalen AICA Kongresse

Taipeh/Taiwan, 51. internationaler AICA Kongress, 14. bis 21. November 2018

Paris, 50. internationaler AICA Kongress, 13. bis 18. November 2017

Havana, Symposium, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Centro contemporaneo Wilfredo Lam, 11. bis 15. Oktober 2016, Thema: New Utopias: Art, Memory and Context

London, Symposium in partnership with Culture+Conflict, Royal College of Art, 26. bis Donnerstag, 29. Oktober 2015. Thema: Who Cares? Cultural Intelligence: Value, Veneration and Criticality.

Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Süd-Korea, 8.- 16. Oktober 2014, Thema: Art Criticism in a Labyrinth abgeschlossen Videos vom Kongress auf youtube von AICA Korea

Kosice, Bratislava, Slowakei und Krakow, Polen, 23. September bis 1. Oktober 2013, Thema: White places - black holes Videos vom Kongress auf Youtube

Zürich, Schweiz, 6. - 16. Juli 2012, Thema: Writing with an Accent

Asunción, Paraguay, 17. - 20. Oktober 2011, Thema: Art and Criticism in Times of Crisis. Art, Criticism and Society. Where is Criticism?

Dublin, Irland, 25.-31. Oktober 2009, Thema: The Relation between Art and Science: Complicity, Criticality, Knowledge

Valencia/Barcelona, Spanien, 7. - 14.November 2008, Thema: Concepts and Realities of Arts and its Economics

Sao Paolo, Brasilien, 30. September bis 5. Oktober 2007 .Thema: The Institutionalisation of Contemporary Art, Art Criticism, Museums, Biennials and the Art Market

Paris (I), Paris (II) Frankreich, 15.bis 20. Oktober2006, Thema: Critical Evaluation Reloaded

Ljubljana, Slowenien, 18. - 23. September 2005, Thema: Kunsttheorie und Kunstkritik im neuen Millennium.

Taipeh, Taiwan, 30. November - 6. Dezember 2004, Thema: The Regionalisation of Art Criticism : Its Possibilities and Gobal Positioning.

Barbados und La Martinique, Karibik, 06. - 16. November 2003, Thema: Repositions and Repossessions

Zagreb und Dubrovnik, Kroatien, 30. September - 9.Oktober 2001, Thema: Strategien der Macht

London, Grobritannien, 11. - 17. September 2000, Thema: Visual Art - Visual Culture?

Warschau, Kraków, Lódz, Polen30. Mai - 6. Juni 1999, Thema: Identity and Diversity

Tokio, Kyoto, Japan, 27. September - 7. Oktober 1998. o. T.

Belfast, Derry, Irland, 1997, Thema: Art and Centres of Conflict - Outer and Inner Realities

Rennes, Frankreich, 25. August - 2. September 1996, Thema: Quelles mémoires pour l'art contemporain?

Macao, Hongkong, Canton, China 1995, Thema: Orient et Occident dans la création artistique contemporaine

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51st AICA International Congress in Taiwan

51st AICA International Congress in Taiwan,
14-21 November 2018

Nov. 14 Committees (in Taipei)
Nov. 15 General Assembly & Board Meeting (in Taipei)
Nov. 16-18 Symposium (in Taipei)
Nov. 19-21 Post-Congress Trip (in Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung)

Congress Theme: Art Criticism in the age of Virtuality and Democracy

Based on observations of important tendencies in the actual world, we would like to address some key issues concerning the role of art criticism related to these new developments.

Firstly, the virtual is not the opposite of reality but rather an increasing part of our reality. Presently, communities, social relations, everyday life, the body, and even biological life are in the processes of mass virtualization. Life itself has been supposed as an algorithm, AI as a brain without body, while space-time’s relationship is virtualized in VR technology. A virtual enterprise need no longer convene its employees onsite, but rather can delegate work to be done remotely, thus re-articulating the time-space relationship of its workers.

Secondly, if we make an observation of a longer duration, there seems to be an unquestionable expansion of democracy which can be confirmed by the democratic transitions beginning in the mid-1970s, which span from Latin America to Taiwan and South Korea, through the end of the cold war, and to following transitions in Eastern Europe, the Color Revolution and the Umbrella Movement in Hong-Kong in the fall of 2014. Nevertheless in more recent years, the phenomenon of the retreat of democracy can also be observed in the uprising of the populism worldwide.

Moreover, these two tendencies may be related. The Congress Theme “Art Criticism in the age of Virtuality and Democracy” has two sub-themes:

Art criticism in the age of virtuality Art discourse facing challenged democracy

“Art criticism in the age of virtuality” will address the situation in which the rapid pace of development in computer and media technologies is creating new working environments and new possibilities for art, each with their own particular problematics. How does this process affect the description, interpretation and evaluation of contemporary art? More precisely, does art criticism develop new methodology and new languages concerning its analysis and new problematics in its debates? What does it mean for art and art criticism that new media reaches crowds of new readers around the world, often “for free”?“Art discourse facing challenged democracy” will discuss the following questions: how is art discourse constitutive of the collective representations and imaginary of democracy? In the situation of democracy under challenge, how are these social-political phenomena reflected in new developments of censorship and self-censorship, or post-truth? For new problems brought out by transitional justice, what kind of function can art discourse play?