Spheres of Action: Art and Politics – part 1: Introduction

Introduction

Boris Groys, Peter Sloterdijk and Peter Weibel

Introduction for the Tate Britain symposium Spheres of Action: Art and Politics with three outstanding and controversial German thinkers debating the changing relationship between art and politics.

Spheres of Action: Art and Politics – part 2: Peter Sloterdijk

Spheres of Action: Art and Politics – part 3: Peter Weibel

Spheres of Action: Art and Politics – part 4: Boris Groys

The philosophy of art in Germany has exerted increasing influence on art theory in Britain since the 1990s. Three outstanding and controversial German thinkers debate the changing relationship between art and politics: Peter Sloterdijk, Professor of Philosophy and Rector of the School of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, and author of Critique of Cynical Reason (Edition Suhrkamp, 1983), Rules for the People Park (Suhrkamp Verlag KG, 1999) and Spheres (Suhrkamp Verlag, 1998); Peter Weibel, Director of the Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, and author of Fast Forward: Media Art (Ingvild Goetz, 2004) and The Open Work, 1964–1979 (Hatje Cantz, 2005); and Boris Groys, Professor at the School of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe and author of Stalin’s Total Work of Art (Hanser, 1988) and Ilya Kabakov (Phaidon Press, 1998).

The conference is chaired by Eric Alliez, Senior Research Fellow at University of Paris IV, and Peter Osborne, Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University.

In association with The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University.