What makes for the spirit of reciprocal art-making in an age of fragmentation?
“Humanity has never had so many material resources as well as scientific and technical expertise at its
disposal. Taken as a whole, its wealth and power have grown to an extent unimaginable in previous
centuries. There is no evidence that this has made us any happier, but there is little desire for a reversal
of the trend, given the prevalent view that new opportunities for personal development and collective
achievement continue to unravel every day.
Yet, conversely, there are plenty of reasons to believe that this accumulation of power cannot continue
endlessly, in its present technological logic, without becoming self-destructive and threatening to the
moral and physical survival of humanity. The first threats that we are required to address are material,
technical, ecological and economical. In a word: Entropical threats. We are, however, much less able
to even begin to imagine answers to the second type of threats, that is moral and political threats. In
a word: Anthropogenic threats.“
Taken this summary of the “Convivialist Manifesto – A declaration of interdependence” this lecture
will shed lights on the role of art in this age of transformation.
Susanne Bosch is an artist and independent researcher. She received a PhD “Learning for Civil Society
Through Participatory Public Art” from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 2012. From 2007-2012,
she developed and led the Art in Public MA at the University of Ulster in Belfast, together with
artist Dan Shipsides. As an “interface activist”, Susanne practices internationally in public art projects
asking questions about long-term issues, and building creative arguments around the ideas of democracy
and sustainable futures. Her art often involves the issues of money, migration and societal visions
and participation models. Susanne develops site- and situation-specific interventions, installations,
videos, drawings, and audio as well as dialogical formats. In her artistic research, and as facilitator, she
uses formats such as writing, seminars and workshops.
Susanne has been working internationally in Austria, Italy, Ireland, the UK, Greece, Palestine, Spain,
USA, Mexico, Malaysia as well as in Turkey and is currently the independent research fellow in the
Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), a European partner network of six countries