RAM Talk: The Multiple Facets of Modern Community: From the Protestant Reformation to the 20th Century
Sep 14, 2017 Thursday 19:30 - 21:00
4F RAM, No. 20, Huqiu Road, Huangpu District
Unlike the start of secular society in China enabled by scholar-bureaucrats from the former military aristocracy class, the leading groups contributing to the secularization of the Western world were from clerical authorities and the emerging well-educated Humanist intellectuals. During the primary period of the formulation of modern community, when the new religious community cooperated and competed with humanists as well as the later Enlightenment supporters, spiritual construction played the most significant role. Later, a new aesthetics community, directly relative to new social conceptions on human history and revolutionary practices, rose up amidst the climate of Enlightenment and anti-Enlightenment, the peak of which was represented by Romanticism. When the Eras of Revolution and New Nation arrived, the revolutionary community and the community of nations became a pair of concepts with great inner intensity. After WWII, the whole human society has been exploring to establish a new open social community, while the previous focuses on revolution and nationalism gradually declined. Tracing the clues of such conceptual evolution will help audience re-examine the coexistence issue in the new era more rationally.
Yu Yue, an associate research fellow at the Philosophy Department of Sichuan University, a PhD graduated from the Research Centre for Classical German Philosophy and the Hegel Archive in Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and a holder of the Chinese Government Scholarship for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. He is specialized in German philosophy, modernity, practical philosophy and aesthetics.
Jiang Jun, an artist and art critic who graduated from Kunstakademie Münster receiving the title Meisterschüler of Prof. Aernout Mik, a reseacher at the theoretical studio of Shanghai Public Art Cooperation Center (PACC) and the International Public Art Association (IPA), and one of the founders of the Art Bureau of Investigation. He is currently a PhD candidate of iconology and exhibition culture studies at China Academy of Art and Peking University, and lives and works in Hangzhou and Shanghai.
The Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and the Public Art Cooperation Center (PACC) are jointly presenting a series of academic talks on “the publicness of the community” (die Öffentlichkeit der Gemeinschaft) from August to December, 2017.
Today, the concept of “community” (Gemeinschaft) has become particularly important, as the increasing division of labor and fast mobility in society result in a status that “all that is solid melts into air, and all that is holy is profaned,” as described in the Manifesto of the Communist Party. Since the start of modernity, lives of traditional communities have been degrading towards two opposite directions: the atomization of individuals, and the construction of new alternative communities. The degradation can be found everywhere, from large organizations such as a regional political union or a country, to small units like a working group or a one-to-one relationship. In addition, the current global economic integration is leading to fast and unstable change of life, as well as the rapid gathering, division and reconstruction of communities… A stable relation and the pursuit toward a community have emerged as a compensatory measure for or the resistance to an atomized and alienated society, and an attempt to regain a healthy and humane life – living as a socially integrated individual.
In March 2017, RAM hosted the Audiences International Symposium, aiming to re-examine the definition of “audience” and its implication to today’s people and institutions. Over the past two decades, a new round of museum expansion and the significant changes of societies and technologies have resulted in reforms on daily operation of institutions. Therefore, it is increasingly critical to figure out how museums and art institutions, both identified as public institutions, should respond to such changes. Today, art institutions are performing more and more functions: they have to not only establish deeper and more diverse interactions between modern art projects and their audience, but provide extensive public activities outside the institutions for a wide range of social groups.... Read More
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