Samstag, 1. Mai 2010

Platform Moderne Kunst Presents: TJ Demos

On Tuesday May 18, the Platform Moderne Kunst presents an afternoon with art historian TJ Demos of University College London. The seminar is organized for MA students specializing in modern and contemporary art.

T.J. Demos writes widely on modern and contemporary art and his reviews and essays have appeared in Grey Room, October, Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, and Art Press. He is also the author of The Exiles of Marcel Duchamp (MIT Press, 2007), which places Duchamp’s installations and mixed-media projects - including his “portable museum,” La Boîte-en-valise, in relation to geopolitical and aesthetic displacement during the early twentieth century’s periods of world war and nationalism.

During the seminar, T.J. Demos will discuss his current book project, provisionally titled Migrations: Contemporary Art and Globalization, which explores the relation of contemporary art – including practices from North America, Europe, and the Middle East – to the experience of social dislocation and political crisis. In particular, T.J. Demos will address the work of the Otolith Group, Steve McQueen, and Hito Steyerl. His presentation will be based on two of his recent essays: "Moving Images of Globalization" and "The Politics of Opacity: the Otolith Group's Nervus Rerum." Both essays will be made available on his website ( for downloading. Participants are expected to have read both essays in advance.

The session will take place in Leiden on May 18. There only is room for a limited number of participants; as usual, students can make a reservation via PMK members or their contacts in the various art history departments.

Image (edit): A snapshot from the seminar.

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