Ninon Gauthier, a member of the archives and living memory committee, invites the members of AICA-Canada to form a research group or committee to study and discuss issues raised by raised by The Research Program PRISME in their Country.
Introduction to PRISME Research Program: “Contemporary Society (1948-2003) through the prism of Art Criticism”
This multidisciplinary research program was launched in September 2015 for a period of three years by the Archives de la critique d’art in Rennes (France). It looks beyond art criticism’s primary definition as an aesthetic discourse and asks can it be a dynamic or even an incubator of concomitant issues and debates within society? It relies on the analysis and a large scale documentary treatment (inventory, digitalization, referencing in a specific online data base) of the archives of AICA International (1948-2003) and AICA France (1970-1980), which will be combined with thematic cross-referencing of the archives of individual art critics (e.g. P. Restany, M. Ragon, F. Popper, G. Gassiot-Talabot, F. Pluchart, D. Foresta) that are also held by the Archives de la critique d’art in Rennes.
The program focuses on the period of Cold War and early globalization by using as its scope the topics of the AICA Congresses (e.g. Art and Television, Art and the City, Art and Technology, Functions of Art and Social Movements, Centre and Periphery) and the chronology of records from 1948 until 2003. The analysis of this first hand material reveals a veritable cartography of art criticism since 1945. This approach enables us to discuss transnational perspectives through a horizontal approach, taking the circulation and exchange of ideas within changing geopolitical contexts into account. Two main transversal questions will underpin the initial studies: politics as place of critical debate and criticism between art, science and media.
While considering art criticism as en epistemological prism, the program deliberately adopts a point of view that shifts art history and its methodologies off-centre. In so-doing, the program includes the constitution of a multidisciplinary team of local, national and international researchers, mainly coming from contemporary history, political sciences, history of media, history of architecture, epistemology and sociology. We can guarantee access to the documents and our aim is to reach scientific communities that are in some cases still unfamiliar with “art criticism” as an object of research. For our part, we hope to gain a deeper insight into a transversal history of art criticism and the socio-political, cultural and scientific issues and challenges of its time.
This research program is supported by the Fondation de France, the Région Bretagne and the Rennes 2 University. Thanks to this funding, a PhD-candidate in the history of contemporary art and an archivist joined the team in September 2015.
Program-coordinators: Antje Kramer-Mallordy (assistant professor of the history of contemporary art, University Rennes 2) ; Nathalie Boulouch (assistant professor of the history of contemporary art, University Rennes 2, scientific director of GIS Archives de la critique d’art)
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