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Talks

Creative Time Summit

Presentation by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Creative Time Summit Miami, November 2018

The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. The Summit brings together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, The Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.)

Pluriversal Geoepistemologies of East European Art

Presentation by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Theorizing the Geography of East-Central European Art
Poznań, 26–27 October 2018

The contested history of modernity, now increasingly understood as irrevocably entwined with that of colonialism, has specific implications for the region of East-Central Europe, which has experienced imperialist subjugation and neo-colonial exploitation, yet at the same time is heir to universalising Enlightenment beliefs and a co-participant in its unfolding. This paper sets out to situate East European art within a concomitant worldwide project to decolonise art institutions, art historical narratives and theory, as a precondition for the equitable reception of art practices across the globe.

Through Synthetic Wilderness

Nasuti Festival, Bratislava, September 2018
Guest lecture by Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Today a vortex of waste covers vast ocean surfaces with undulating fields of discarded plastic, which on breaking down continue their sea voyage to contaminate the remote waters of the arctic as microparticles, intruding into biological realms through the inside sof unwitting fish and birds, and fusing with volcanic rocks to form unearthly plastoglomerates that wash up on Pacific islands. 

Art and Ecology in Times of Deviant Democracy

 Along Ecological Lines: Symposium on Contemporary Art and Climate Change
ECAV Geneva, 26 March 2018

Responding to the agenda of today’s investigations on contemporary artistic engagements with climate change, we are going to discuss several complimentary artistic approaches that open up new perspectives on how to understand and respond to the current ecological crisis. Of relevance here is the extent to which artistic projects are informed by or correspond to the insights of contemporary thinking around the Anthropocene, Capitaloscene and Geoontopower, and what kind of social and political, participatory and autonomous formations they experiment with in their practice.

Challenging the Global

Five Questions
MoMA New York, November 2016

Post poses five questions to scholars, curators, artists, and art-world practitioners visiting MoMA as C-MAP guests. Budapest-based art historians and curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes comment on the breaking down of established art historical categories, the important role of museums in molding and revising canonical art histories, and the need for a more planetary, as opposed to global, model of art. Such a model would address artists' relationships not only with national and international art trends, but also nature and the urgent ecological issues our planet faces today.