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INTER:NATION – DIT collaborates on European art research conference

Posted: 15 October, 2018

The Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GradCAM) at DIT is collaborating with the European Artistic Research Network to present Inter:Nation, a conference addressing the impact of artist and activist practices on traditional understandings of the nation and state.

Creative Arts - Inter Nation Conference

Keynote speakers include leading experts: Dawn Weleski, Conflict Kitchen, USA; Bernard Stiegler, Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation, Paris; and Michel Bauwens, P2P Foundation, Netherlands.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, alternative economies have been increasingly explored through digital platforms, and artistic and activist practices that transgress traditional links between nation and economy. This two-day conference employs artistic research to explore the potential for contributory economies, exchange networks and peer-2-peer (P2P) communities, to challenge the dominant value system inherent to the nation-state.

Developed at a crucial time on the island of Ireland when Brexit is set to redefine relations, the conference engages key thematics emerging out of this situation, such as: digital aesthetics and exchange, network cultures and peer communities, the geo-politics of centre and margin. Due to the aesthetic function of the nation, artistic researchers are critically placed to engage with the multiple registers at play within this conference.

The conference includes a performance of ‘Notes for a performance – (Re) Visioning a Smoky Meeting’, a piece by artist Louise Adkins who worked with the Tetley Centre for Contemporary Art’s industrial archive to imagine the past and how cinematic language informs our understanding of it. Participants can also attend a preview screening of the film ‘Stones Have Laws’, which explores the identity and experiences of the Surinamese forest people.  

The guiding concept of the conference ‘Inter-Nation’ comes from the work of anthropologist Marcel Mauss, who proposed an original understanding of both concepts that opposes traditional definitions of State and Nationalism. More recently, Michel Bauwens argues for inquiry into the idea of the commons in this context. While, Bernard Stiegler has revisited this definition of the ‘Inter-Nation’ as a broader concept in support of contributory economies emerging in digital culture.

The conference will be hosted across three locations in Dublin city centre; Wood Quay, Studio 6 at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, and the Lighthouse Cinema. The conference is jointly presented by DIT GradCAM, a centre for creative, cross-disciplinary research in DIT, and the European Art Research Network with support from CREATE, Ireland’s National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts.

For more information and to register, click here.

Image Credit: House of Ferment ArtBoom Festival, Kraków, Poland, 2015 by Kasia Depta-Garapich