Narration: Points of View
Lecture by Rosalyn Deutsche

  • Narration: Points of View

    Olga Czernyszewa, \"Untitled\", 2009

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the journal “View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture” invite you to the fourth meeting in the series “Points of View” with Rosalyn Deutsche.

The lecture "Un-War: An Aesthetic Sketch," is co-organized by the “Master” program of the Foundation for Polish Science. After the lecture, Luiza Nader and Magda Szcześniak will talk to Rosalyn Deutsche about the efficiency of art in public space and the ethical obligations of art.

In his latest book "The Abolition of War" (MOCAK, 2013), Krzysztof Wodiczko proposes the creation of a World Institute for the Abolition of War to be housed in an architectonic structure attached to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. According to Wodiczko, in the face of ongoing armed conflicts it is necessary to act on a global scale to disarm our pervasive Culture of War.

The goal of abolishing war is often dismissed as a wild fantasy, far removed from the realm of real politics. Yet Wodiczko fearlessly pursues perpetual peace. His World Institute is based on the premise that abolishing war is an individual responsibility because, as psychoanalysis teaches us,war is hidden in our unconscious minds. But precisely because we are warlike a less violent world also requires the establishment of international peacemaking institutions. Wodiczko’s project is a politically and aesthetically creative form of such an institution, one that extends and adjusts the cosmopolitan tradition for our time.

Rosalyn Deutsche

Art historian who teaches modern and contemporary art at Barnard College/Columbia University in New York City. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written extensively and lectured internationally on such interdisciplinary topics as art and urbanism, art and the public sphere, art and the declaration of rights, art and war, and feminist theories of subjectivity in visual representation. Her essays have appeared in many exhibition catalogues and anthologies and in Grey Room, October, Artforum, Art in America, Texte zur Kunst, Society and Space, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Assemblage, among other journals, and in numerous translations. Deutsche is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. In May 2009, she delivered the Wellek Library Lectures at the Critical Theory Institute, University of California, Irvine. Deutsche is the author of "Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics" (MIT Press, 1996) and "Hiroshima After Iraq: Three Studies in Art and War" (Columbia University Press, 2010).

Luiza Nader

Assistant professor in the Art History Institute, University of Warsaw. She is the author of "Konceptualizm w PRL [Conceptual Art in People's Republic of Poland]" (Warsaw 2009) as well as numerous essays devoted to avant-garde and neo-avant-garde art, the relations of memory and archive, psychoanalysis, and affect theory. She is currently working on a book about Władysław Strzemiński's collage series "To My Friends, The Jews".

Magda Szcześniak

PhD candidate at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, currently working on her dissertation titled "Spaces of Visibility". Visual Constructions of Identity in Poland after 1989. She works on the Polish transition, theories of visual culture, queer theory and identity politics. She has published articles in numerous Polish academic journals, including „Dialog”, „Konteksty”.

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