Visual and Material Culture: Course

Beneath the Surface: Shifting grounds in the contemporary Art World

Ruff Rotem, Semester 1, Sunday, 16:30-18:00
The international art world has undergone profound transformation since the late 80’s - the end of the Cold War and the new geopolitical borders in Europe and Africa, the emergence of new art markets in Asia and Eastern Europe, and the digital age, are some of the factors that had major influence on the ways art is created, displayed, and traded today.During the course we will ask what does it mean to be "Contemporary" by examining the major shifts in the art world and their institutional effects, by mapping the power structures around the so-called global art centers and local art scenes, while looking at the social and economic conditions that are linked to the spread of the biennale and art fairs phenomena, among others