American Century

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Zoe Beloff. The Cognitive Era, 2018
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25 anos de web

100 anos de império americano

e depois?

O SÉCULO AMERICANO
17 de Novembro, 16:00
Faculdade de Belas Artes, Lisboa
Moderador: António Cerveira Pinto
Oradores: David Blair, Jeremy Bailey, Sophia Brueckner, Tony Katai, Zoe Beloff
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Os ‘imigrantes digitais’ deixarão em breve o palco livre aos ‘nativos digitais’. Como será arte daqui a 25 anos?

Parece que a política é o que está a dar!

A economia diz-nos que o valor relativo das obras de arte nos mercados mais sobre-aquecidos do mundo está correlacionado ao PIB ‘per capita’, isto é, com a riqueza e o poder de cada país. Significa isto que o declínio dos Estados Unidos implicará uma desvalorização das suas obras de arte?

Podem os artistas realizar grandes obras sob regimes anti-democráticos?

Qualquer um pode apresentar-se pintor. Será por isto que a informação tomou a dianteira nos estudos culturais e na arte pós-conceptual?

Podemos, assim, confiar nos mercados financeiros para alimentar os artistas no futuro?

Os blockchains e as cripto-moedas não parecem confiáveis no futuro próximo. A Internet é um grande número, mas viver com cêntimos é difícil!

Haverá algum mosteiro tecnológico por aí?

Poderemos superar o puro conhecimento instrumental?

O que acontecerá com as tecnologias de informação se falhar a eletricidade?

Será que a arte pós-tecnológica evoluirá para uma espécie de código puro, teoria pura, contemplação?

Discutir estes temas e outros afins através das vozes e percursos de 4 artistas do continente americano é objetivo principal da conferência The American Century.

A few remarks to set the conversation mood

A) It seems politics is the only game in town. Do you agree? If so, why? If not, why not?

B) Economics tells us that the relative value of artworks in the world’s hottest markets is correlated to GDP ‘per capita’, that is, to the wealth and power of a nation. Does this mean that the declining US will mean a diminishing return value on its art products? And if so, what could be the impact of this trend on American art? As we look to international exhibitions—e.g. last Documenta— there is a clear shift in the geographical representation of artists in big events. If this is true, Chinese art could have a huge impact on the art to come. Will it be a fact? I don’t think so. And you?

C) It seems we are entering into a post-democratic era everywhere. China, Russia, Venezuela, most of the Muslim countries, the majority of African states, the Middle East, and so on. Big democracies, like the US, and Brasil are under enormous pressures not only against democratic values, but more and foremost against freedom of expression, and also against freedom of thought. The European Union is about to collapse under the pressures of debt, crony capitalism, bureaucracy, its co-imperialistic ties to the US, and rising populism, of nationalist and xenophobic tints. Can we, the artists still make a great art under anti-democratic rulers? If yes, how?

D) Computers, digital cameras, smartphones, and selfies seem to have transformed representation into a gone issue. Everybody can be a painter! Is this why information got the lead in cultural studies and post-conceptual art all over the world?

E) Can we trust the money markets to sustain the artists in the future?
Where are the patrons of future art? Can artists survive without them? Blockchains and crypto-currencies don’t look reliable in the near future. The Internet is a big number, but living on cents its hard! Could a retreat to the art desert (and to the inner me) be a foreseeable future? Is there a technological monastery somewhere? Can we go beyond the pure instrumental knowledge? What will happen to information technologies without electricity? Would it evolve into pure code? Would it return to pure theory: ‘contemplation’…

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