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Lecture by Ruth Noack

Curatorial subjects and methods. From The Government to documenta 12

Ruth Noack, curator of documenta 12 (the world's leading exhibition of contemporary art) will visit Hungary at the invitation of the Curators' Association Budapest and tranzit. hu.

1 March, 2006 6 p.m.
Lecture by Ruth Noack

Curatorial subjects and methods. From The Government to documenta 12

1 March, 2006 7.30 - 9 p.m.
Round Table with the participation of Ruth Noack

Péter György media critic - aesthetician
Bálint Havas artist
Erzsébet Szalai sociologist
G. M. Tamás philosopher
Maxigas cyberpunk
Judit Wirth women's rights activist
Franciska Zólyom curator

The title of the latest exhibition-series of Roger M. Buergel (artistic director of documenta 12) and Ruth Noack was The Government, in reference to a text by Michel Foucault about governmentally. Starting from Foucault's text, the exhibition series explored the issue of how we should govern ourselves, and how others should govern us. Buergel and Noack's choice is given actuality by the advance of neo-liberal economic thinking and the market orientation of knowledge and culture. In his thinking about governmentally, Foucault does not simply examine methods of rule. In his analysis of the complex relationship between power and subject, he shows that the aim of governance lies not in itself but in those being governed. How can one participate in controlling the processes? What forms can resistance take? How can creative answers be given in crisis situations? The 2007 documenta will doubtless continue to address these issues.

The aim of the program is partly to generate a critical context that involves those active in the contemporary art field, and partly to intermediate between the professional audience and the management of the next documenta, as well as between the contemporary art scene and intellectuals working in the area of social criticism in Hungary.

tranzit is a contemporary art initiative supported by the Erste Bank Group.

The program was supported by:
Austrian Cultural Forum, Budapest
Goethe-Institut, Budapest
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