Dr. Francisco Gonzalez Castro 2018 Summer Institute seminar

"Contemporary Aesthetic Resistance in Chile" (with Performance)


Much of what art is as practice and much of art thinking, have lost an essential aspect: to question what institutions and history tell us is art and how it should be experienced by viewers. It seems that we are stuck in a way of understanding art, where roles are clear, definitions fit and everything works perfect in its relationship with institutions, the market and the state. In addition, it seems that the only effectiveness of art is in a questioning, in generating a reflection or proposing new forms.

This seminar will propose an alternative to understand the relationship between art and politics, from the concept of the political-artistic and its effects. For this, in a first part, we will review a series of examples of Chilean artists and their works, which pose a series of questions that have led me to understand politics and art as verbs. And in the overlap of both fields, it produces the political-artistic, whose implementation involves a practice that constitutes as an event, extends the authorship and extends its limits.

In a second part, we will see the political-artistic effects, which are the result of political-artistic practices. From there, we will make a characterization of these effects: they are concreted in the creative individuals, they are concreted in and from the practice, they are a collective creation and construction, they affirm and create the reality, they are from and in the gratuity and desire, and they involve the creation of one and the world affirming the doing.

In this way, the seminar proposes to raise a particular way of understanding a type of practices that can no longer be considered only from art or from politics, but are hybrid practices, political-artistic practices that have a real and concrete impact in their context.