In her talk Éva Forgács will undertake an inquiry in the close interconnectedness of political power and the arts rebelling against it, the case in point being the particular Hungarian developments during the ca. two decades following the 1956 revolution. How do the dynamics of power play out in a national and international context when it comes to an issue as fragile as aesthetics? How does art, while trying to avoid being political, become an organizing force in certain groups of society? How do some art forms get “weaponized”? How do the ethical and the aesthetic aspects of art inter-relate under political oppression? What new art forms does political pressure bring to life, and how do these affect, in their turn, the political scene?
Éva Forgács is Adjunct Professor of Art History, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena/California; currently she is EURIAS Visiting Fellow (September 2012 – June 2013) at the IWM.
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