Open Call for ArtistS:‘Entkunstung | Verkunstung’
‘Entkunstung | Verkunstung’ is our first collective exhibition to be held at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin next January 2019. For this reason, and following our commitment to contemporary art, culture and criticism, we are calling for the submission of artworks related to the concept (see description below).
Please, send us your work in low-resolution files or links and a short description of your work and bio. The deadline is 15th of August.
Open Call for Artists and Writers:‘Entkunstung II – Yearbook’
Next November we will publish ‘Entkunstung II’, our second Yearbook, and we are calling, as we did it last year, for contributions in the form of artworks and texts following this year topics:
05 The Body06 Avant-garde07 Precariousness08 Emancipation(s)
Please send us your work in low-resolution files or links mentioning the subject you are submitting to. The deadline is 15th of August.
Entkunstung | Verkunstung Collective Exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin
‘Artworks always escape, from one point or more, to the box you want to include them in.’ – Nicolas Bourriaud
Among the many phenomena of art that have shown some recurrence over the years since the irruption of the avant-garde movements is the continuous and dialectic process of Verkunstung/Entkunstung.
Verkunstung (artification) is to be understood as the process of considering as art objects and practices that were not contemplated previously. Many different technical products, new and old, appropriated, post-produced, excluded, reinserted and rescued have experienced such transfiguration. Artification has been a massive and constant movement whereby art has expanded unstoppably beyond its terroir. This process is still going on today within the boundaries of art through cultural practices and productions such as fashion, design, experimental cuisine, electronic dance music or DJing.
On the other hand, Entkunstung (deartification) comes to signify the loss of art’s common properties that were possessed until a specific moment in history. In this regard, deaestheticization and dematerialisation were essential aspects. Theodor Adorno, who coined the term Entkunstung, stated how art, influenced by the pressure of several processes of reification of life, loses its qualities and traditional characteristics to become a mere product of the Kulturindustrie without autonomy and critical power.
Since about 1900 each generation has identified different traits, features and symptoms of the dialectics Verkunstung/Entkunstung. This process continues even today, although we have probably reached a dead-end. However, this doesn’t mean the ‘end-of-art’, on the contrary, art still has the faculty of opening new possibilities for the creation of meaning, especially in times of emergency.
It is essential to bear in mind that our present is a time where the political power is taking over the artistic and affective spheres of life and the aestheticisation of post-politics is a reality impossible to deny. The simultaneous process of aestheticisation and radicalisation of the political sphere had brought an immediate response from the art scene, thus intensifying the dialectic Verkunstung/Entkunstung. In this regard, art is still an irreducible force that manages to resist the pressure of the many phenomena of reification of life.
In this order of ideas, the collective exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin will enable us, in one hand, to seek and to verify certain aspects of this theoretical and historical frame. On the other hand, we firmly believe that the coexistence and the dialogue established between the selected artworks will trigger new perspectives and interpretations in the relation art/life/theory.
Art, in its symbolic language, can still be differentiated from life and theory, and thus, following Nelson Goodman, it still has the power of being a vehicle for creating worlds of meaning.
About the Yearbook
Last year publication presented more than 90 contributions in art, theory, criticism and music. The 304-pages book featured works from well-known and international established artists and writers, alongside young emerging ones who took part in this project thanks to our Open Call.
Find more information about ENTKUNSTUNG I here.