Sabeth Buchmann (Berlin/Vienna)
Autonomy on trial

Sabeth Buchmann (Berlin/Vienna)
Autonomy on trial

Participative projects tend to interpret art as a freely accessible arena for political activity. The Rancière view is often presented in this context to negate the conditio sine qua non of the stage itself. So the lecture is dedicated to its historically transformed topologies, which after all show that – and how – artistic autonomy can only ever be claimed in situative conflict with governing rules.

Sabeth Buchmann is an art historian and critic / professor of art history – modern and post-modern – at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Together with Helmut Draxler, Clemens Krümmel and Susanne Leeb she has brought out PoLyPen, a series of books on art criticism and political theory, published by b_books, Berlin. A selection of her published works: Hélio Oiticica & Neville D’Almeida, Experiments in Cosmococa (co-edited with Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, 2013); Film Avantgarde Biopolitics (co-edited with Helmut Draxler and Stephan Geene, 2009); Thinking against Thinking. Production, Technology, Subjectivity in works by Sol LeWitt, Yvonne Rainer and Hélio Oiticica (2007) and Art After Conceptual Art, Generali Foundation Collection Series (co-edited with Alexander Alberro, 2006).