Higher Seminar: Ewa Majewska

Date and time
September 5, 2018, at 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Type of event
Place and route

LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)

Ewa Majewska: Public art and experience. An introduction to theories of the Public Sphere.

The concept of public sphere has been shaping the political imagination in Europe since Ancient Greece. In its Aristotelian formulation it has usually been based on a strict separation of the public and private domains. While the liberal political debate continues this separation, radical and critical discourses develop considerable efforts to dismantle it and present intimacy, economy, gender and other issues, traditionally kept "in private", as political.

In line with these feminist, Marxist, queer and antifascist interventions, the world of art, in its theory and practice, undermines the public/private divide, demanding such public art, which enters the conflicted social issues of the late capitalism instead of decorating it with some new forms of dissimulation of power. Reading Habermas, Deutsche, Kluge and Negt can be a refreshing experience also today for all of us working with art and the public domain.

Reading material, Ewa Majewska seminar

• R. Deutsche, 1992. “Art and Public Space: Questions of Democracy”in: Social Text, No. 33, pp. 34-53.

• Habermas, Jurgen. 1974. “The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article”. Translated by Sara Lennox and Frank Lennox. New German Critique no 3 Autumn.

• Kluge, Alexander and Negt, Oskar. 1993. Public Sphere and Experience: Toward and analysis of the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public. Translated by Peter Labanyi et al. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press.

Ewa Majewska is a feminist philosopher of culture. She studied Philosophy, French Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland. She is an author of two books: Feminism as social philosophy and co-editor of two volumes on neoliberalism and politics. She published in: Signs. Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Nowa Krytyka, Le Monde Diplomatique (PL) and several collected volumes, including A. Jonasdottir, A. Ferguson (eds), Love. A question for feminists? (Routlege, 2013). She is interested in theories of the public sphere and counter-publics, affect studies, feminist theories of culture. Her hobbies are tarot and yoga.

The seminar starts CuratorLab’s research about the public sphere, public collections and the publicity leading to the exhibition at Tensta Konsthall in spring 2019.

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