Conference: Industries of Crisis, Aesthetics of Dissent


At 9AM-6PM on Friday, September 30, 2016 international scientific conference Industries of Crisis, Aesthetics of Dissent will take place at National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos pr. 22) in Vilnius. Participants are required to register online.

The conference focuses on the ideological implications of technology and hybrid cultural infrastructures in creating communities and public spaces. Today, the Baltic region is buying into the possibilities of communication technologies and the “internet of things.” These purported trends are in contradiction to pressing other realities within contemporary society, such as “industries of crisis” which within regimes of global capital, have generated entirely new forms of human-made disaster. Yet these industries of crisis have also fomented new forms of resistance, dissent, and civic engagement using network technologies to enable globally synchronized protests. These trends have also engendered a new, diverse aesthetics of dissent wherein cultural and artistic influences have found ways to amplify these emergent forms of civic engagement for greater impact.

Participants: Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, USA), Rick Lowe (Artist/Founder of Project Row Houses, USA) Doina Petrescu (University of Sheffield, UK/ Atelier d’architecture autogeree, France), Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith College, USA), Sasha Costanza-Chock (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Gintautas Mažeikis (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania), Skaidra Trilupaitytė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Lithuania), Andrius Bielskis (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania), Rasa Baločkaitė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania), Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Institute, The Netherlands), and others.



Conference is part of Congress on Public Spaces. Congress on Public Spaces is a series of three interdisciplinary events dedicated to exploring changes in democratic participation. It takes place in Kaunas and Vilnius from the 29th of September to the 1st of October, 2016.

Congress is organised by: Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program (Lithuania), research platform Balticada (Lithuania), with participation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Art, Culture and Technology (USA). Concept and organisation: Nomeda Urbonas (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway), Gediminas Urbonas (MIT Program in Art, Culture & Technology, Cambridge, USA). Editorial board: Ann Lok Lui (School of the Art Institute Chicago, USA), Jonathan Crisman (University of California, Los Angeles, USA).

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