The Glossary of Common Knowledge (GCK) seeks to find common knowledge to speak about less visible stories in contemporary art, and to address systems that govern our ways of thinking in art and beyond. The project is ongoing since 2014 and is based on discussions surrounding six referential fields (Historicisation, Subjectivisation, Geopolitics, Constituencies, Commons, and Other Institutionality). The first series of discussions was published in 2018 and now we are working on the second edition. For this second series we are working again with these same referential fields in order to re-examine how the conditions in our cultural landscape have changed. In May 2021, a group of narrators is being invited to propose terms for the Glossary, to speak about the notion of Subjectivisation with respect to their current research and/or artistic practice and shifting cultural conditions. With this referential field we are interested in interpretations of subjectivities that are critical toward dominant ways of producing subjectivisation and the exploitation and commodification of intellect and affect by capital. This subjectivisation is produced from the rebellion and critical situatedness of both individual and collective.
We understand subjectivisation as a potentially transformative process that confronts the judgments and biases in our societies and poses critical questions about who we are, and how we act in the world. It works in the direction of forming aesthetical, ethical and political statements and decisions that are to an extent unrepresentable, historically situated, fragmented and inconsistent, yet capable of weaving political affinities, that bring about social transformation. A collective subjectivity that experiences common trauma may form a solidarity movement that challenges systematic violence in political realities despite the existing intersectionality between its members. The opposite of subjectivation is identification; that is, the police activity of assigning to each body its ‘natural’ place and function. The process of subjectivisation is about citizens becoming makers and not only subjects of public policies and institutions. In a world facing pandemic, climate change, migrations, economic and social struggle, terrorism and an array of new communication technologies we observe growing social, political and economical tension resulting in an ever-more stratified society. Subjectivity-as-encounter is a way to promote the possibility of sharing borders, margins and thresholds with empathy.
Coordination: Mick Wilson (Valand Academy)
Advisor: Corina Oprea (Valand Academy)
Participating narrators: Zdenka Badovinac (Moderna galerija, SI), Nicolas Cuello, Pauliina Feodoroff, Elisa Fuenzalida, Diego Marchante “Genderhacker”, Abhijan Toto, Maja Smrekar (Ljubljana, SI), Jesús Carrillo (Madid, ES), Jennifer Hayashida (Valand, Gothenburg, SE), Charles Esche (Vanabbe, Eindhoven, NL), Maria Iñigo Clavo (MACBA, Barcelona, ES), Bojana Piškur (Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, SI), Bogna Stefańska, Jakub Depczyński (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, PL), Deniz Gül (SALT, Istanbul, TR), Joanna Zielińska (M HKA, Antwerpen, BE).
HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design at the University of Gothenburg
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