Book launch Art and Autonomy by Sebastian Olma

On this day, V2_ organises a festive launch of the V2_ publication 'Art and Autonomy: Past, Present, Future' (2018) by Sebastian Olma.

Sep 2018
15:00 to 17:00

Art and Autonomy

What does it mean to speak of artistic autonomy at a time when art is fully commercialized and aesthetics has become the guiding principle of economic production and policymaking? This book takes a fresh look at this question by summoning three heroes of the aesthetic revolution to confront the challenges artistic practice faces today. Turning Kant into a campaigner for the Anthropocene, Schiller into a creative entrepreneur and Schelling into a political activist, it lays the groundwork for a critique that identifies the contemporary itself as contemporary art’s greatest challenge. Only by taking up a struggle against the contemporary, it argues, can art reinvent its autonomy and regain its relevance to society.

Programme & Entrance Fee

17:00h - 18:00h: Booklaunch with talks by Sebastian Olma, Maria Hlavajova & Una Henry.
18:00h - open end: Walk-in, aftertalk & discussion over drinks.
Entrance fee for the first part of the evening (until 18h) is 3 EUR without, and 10 EUR with the purchase of the book. From 18h on entrance is free.

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Sebastian Olma

Sebastian Olma is a professor of autonomy in art, design and technology at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda and Den Bosch, the Netherlands. Alongside his academic work, he has advised policymakers throughout Europe on the facts and fictions of the creative economy. He lives in Amsterdam, where he edits the subcultural magazine Amsterdam Alternative and tries to help keep the spirit of cultural activism alive. His book In Defence of Serendipity: For a Radical Politics of Innovation was published in 2016.

Maria Hlavajova

Maria Hlavajova is initiator and artistic director of the FORMER WEST project and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, in Utrecht.

Una Henry

Irish born curator Úna Henry is the Head of the Master Institute AKV | St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in 's Hertogenbosch.
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