Politics in Art Forms Session 1

Politics in Art Forms is an international and interdisciplinary event co-organized by the University of Paris VIII, UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) and USC (University of Southern California). Artists and scholars meet and discuss the relationships between art forms and politics:

Are some arts formats, genres and disciplines easier to politicize than others? Under what conditions can art become a vector for political and civic messages? To what extent is politicization in art appropriate and legitimate in the creators’ eyes? What are the relationships between artistic innovation and political/social critique? How have they changed over time?

The participants draw from their recent artistic or academic work to debate on panels and with the audience around such questions. Music, dance, film and visual arts at large are at the heart of this stimulating public conversation.

The first session of Politics in Art Forms will proceed as follows:

9:00-9:30 Introduction

Panel 1 (9:30-12:30)
Mobilizing Music

9:30am-10:00am: Performances by Tony Seeger & Karol Beffa

10:00am-12:30pm: Discussion
Chair: William Roy (UCLA, Sociology)
Scholars:  Josh Kun (USC, Annenberg School), Stéphane Dorin (University of Paris 8-CESSP)
rtists: Tony Seeger & Karol Beffa

Panel 2 (2:00pm-4:30pm)
The Political Dynamics of Dance

Chair: Anurima Banerji (UCLA, World Arts and Cultures)
Scholars: Janet O’Shea (UCLA, World Arts and Cultures), Julie Perrin (University of Paris 8, Dance), Kristy Edmunds (Center for the Art of Performance)
Artists: Heddy Maalem, Yvonne Rainer, Sabela Grimes

Complete list of participants will include:

Anurima Banerji,  Karol BeffaBryan Gunnar Cole, Stéphane Dorin, Kristy Edmunds, Sabela Grimes , Josh Kun,  Heddy Maalem, Audrey Mariette, Janet O’Shea , Julie Perrin, Yvonne Rainer, Michael Renov, Steve Ross , Violaine Roussel , William Roy, Christophe Ruggia, Gisèle Sapiro, Vanessa Schwartz, and Tony Seeger.

More information about the conference can be found here.


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