Politics in Art Forms Session 2

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.

This second session of Politics in Art Forms will proceed as follows:

Panel 3 (9:00-12:30pm)
Filming Politics: Tensions and Paradoxes

9:00am-12:30pm: Film Screenings (Norris Theater)
Dans la tourmente, Christophe Ruggia (2012, 107 minutes)
Day Zero, Bryan Gunnar Cole (2007, 92 minutes)

2:00pm-4:30pm: Discussion (Room 108)
Chair: Violaine Roussel, (University of Paris 8, Sociology)
Scholars: Steven Ross (USC, History), Audrey Mariette (University of Paris 8, Political Science), Michael Renov (USC, Film)
Artists: Bryan Gunnar Cole (Director, Day Zero), Christophe Ruggia
(Director, Dans la tourmente)

4:45pm-6:15pm: Politics in Art Forms in Comparative Perspective
Vanessa Schwartz, Professor of History, USC: “Beyond Atrocity: Looking at Photojournalism”

Gisèle Sapiro, Senior Researcher, CESSP (EHESS-CNRS-University Paris 1): “Framing the perception of reality: the political power of
literature, in comparison with other media”

Complete list of participants will include:

Anurima Banerji,  Karol Beffa, Bryan 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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