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Cover of the publication » The Global Art World«

Global Studies: Art and Visual Media Today

Fri, 18.06.2010 – Sun, 20.06.2010, ZKM_Media Theater


The advent of globalization in the sense of an opening of markets and borders was tied with the promise of dissolving dissonances and conflict and leading to the utopia of post-histoire. To the same extent that this has not occurred politically and socially, it has led to a reduction in science’s complexity. Instead, an increasing separation of methodologies and perspectives can be observed, particularly in those fields that have to do with images and “production of culture.” Human and social sciences may deal with the same objects, but they use different, seemingly mutually incompatible approaches. Art and culture historians, film studies scholars, sociologists, ethnologists, and also representatives of museum practice have access to their own techniques for categorization, analysis, and mediation. With “Global Studies,” ZKM | Karlsruhe has set up a platform that anchors the discourse of art and media in a globalized world at an interdisciplinary level. The platform is an initiative of the project “Global Art and the Museum,” which has documented the complex transformation of the art scene against the backdrop of globalization since 2006.

With the following themes and speakers
(among others)

Art movements, networks, and genres in a regional context

Birgit Hopfener (Freie Universität Berlin), Noemie Jäger (Universität Basel), Chrischona Schmidt (Australian National University, Canberra), Nadine Siegert (Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies)

Artists as transnational actors

Rania Gaafar (Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe), Anne Linden (Universität zu Köln), Nicola Müllerschön (Universität Zürich), Malgorzata Scherf (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig), Isabel Seliger (Universität der Künste Berlin)

Artworks in ideological and economic transfer

Sebastian Baden (Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe), Cathrine Bublatzky (Universität Heidelberg), Anna Grasskamp (Leiden University), Irina Vogelsang (Universität Passau)

Regional and global exhibition practice

Daniela Wolf (Berlin), Barbara Wolner (Hochschule Bremen)

Making globalization visible

Julia Binter (Universität Wien), Markus Hafner (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Ulrike Heine (Justus-Liebig-Universität in Gießen)

Theory globalization?

Jacob Birken (Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe), Dagmar Danko (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), Sarah Hilterscheid (Universität Bielefeld)

Other invited guests: Chris Dercon, Charles Esche, Thomas Filitz, Monica Jueja u.a.

Organization / Institution

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

  • Cover der Publikation »Global Studies«
    • Hans Belting (Ed.), in collaboration with Jacob Birken, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel
    • Global Studies
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2011
    • Anthology
    • Language: English
    • With Global Studies: Mapping Contemporary Art and Culture, the proiect »GAM-Global Art and the Museum« seeks to provide an overview of the institutional and ideological landscape of contemporary art and culture in a global context. In the last...

  • Cover der Publikation »The Global Contemporary«
  • Cover der Publikation »The Global Contemporary and the Rise of the New Art Worlds«
    • Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • The Global Contemporary and the Rise of the New Art Worlds
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013
    • Exhibition catalog, Anthology
    • Language: English
    • The geography of the visual arts changed with the end of the Cold War. Contemporary art was no longer defined, exhibited, interpreted, and acquired according to a blueprint drawn up in New York, London, Paris, or Berlin. The art world distributed...

  • Cover der Publikation »The Global Contemporary (English)«
  • Cover der Publikation »Contemporary Art and the Museum«
    • Peter Weibel and Andrea Buddensieg (Eds.)
    • Contemporary Art and the Museum
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2007
    • Anthology
    • Language: English
    • The institutionalization of contemporary art, seen on a global scale, is still an open question. The global art production, as a new and controversial phenomenon, affects the future of art museums in many ways.  Museums–especially those...

  • Cover der Publikation »The Global Art World«
    • Hans Belting and Andrea Buddensieg (Eds.)
    • The Global Art World
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2009
    • Anthology
    • Language: English
    • The present volume investigates the process of global art production and art consumption and the extend to which it is prompting a critical revaluation of the notion of mainstream art. The project GAM – Global Art and the Museum was initiated by...

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