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08 Art and Protest

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The seminar will approach the question of political art from two perspectives. One will expose the possibilities of struggles against discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism in Europe. The other will relate to the status of history and politics in the Middle East. These two perspectives are interrelated. European history is reflected in the contemporary culture and society of the Middle East and vice versa. The two perspectives will be elaborated on using examples such as radical video film productions from Austria and Eastern European countries, performance practices that use specific strategies of performativity as well as art interventions discussing social racism and the status of refugees in the EU.

Professor of Conceptual Art, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Chair
Director and Chief Curator, MoBY-Museums of Bat Yam Chair

Dr. Marina GRZINIC

Professor of Conceptual Art, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

since 1993 Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, SASA - Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana
1997-1998 Postdoctoral Academic Training, University of Tokyo, Tokyo
since 2003 Professor of Conceptual Art, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

Joshua SIMON

Director and Chief Curator, MoBY-Museums of Bat Yam

2000-2008 Writer and Contributing Editor, Globes Financial News, Israel
2000-2012 Independent Curator
since 2005 Co-Publisher and Editor of Maayan Magazine, Israel
2010-2013 Head of Theory Studies, Postgraduate Studies, Hamidrasha Art College, Israel
since 2012 Director and Chief Curator, Moby-Museums of Bat Yam

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
15:15 - 15:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
15:30 - 16:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
17:00 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
17:30 - 19:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
19:00 - 20:00Bread and WineSocial


01 Sustainable Peace and Security – Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 – 1914 – 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours – EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory – Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics – The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human – Machine – RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar


16:00 - 17:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture


17:00 - 18:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture


16:00 - 17:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture


17:30 - 18:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


17:00 - 20:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary