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Navigating the Planetary

Extended book presentation
20 August 2020 / 5–8 pm CEST

Navigating the Planetary, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2020
Navigating the Planetary, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2020


About the book

Navigating the Planetary points to an interconnected art world that transcends not only art’s old Eurocentric models, but also the “global”, with a more holistic approach. The “planetary” has become a buzzword, yet navigating it remains a challenge for many artists, curators, critics and other art practitioners.

This is a guide-book for readers looking for entry points into planetary approaches to contemporary art. Through essays, case studies and interviews situated in the past, present, and looking to the future, this book explores people, institutions and thoughts that are shifting or dissolving East/West and Global North/South binaries. It also asks: why navigate the planetary at all – and is the desire to do so part of a political agenda? Do global or planetary networks offer solutions to cultural problems, and how are these networks best established and maintained? How can or should education support a planetary or global consciousness or approach to art? Navigating the Planetary attempts to answer these questions, as well as to offer a sense of possibility.

Authors and interview subjects

Rahel Aima, Hildegund Amanshauser, Kader Attia, Stephanie Bailey, Sammy Baloji, Kimberly Bradley, Sabine Breitwieser, Tania Bruguera, Roger M. Buergel, Clémentine Deliss, Rosalyn D’Mello, Charles Esche, Olamiju Fajemisin, Marina Fokidis, Alexander Koch, Christian Kravagna, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Peter Osborne, Fernando Resende, Mohammad Salemy, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Nina Siegal, Chloe Stead, Sanjukta Sunderason, Kate Sutton, Simone Wille

About the book presentation/conversation series

To celebrate the book launch, we are hosting an evening of conversations. In three sessions moderated by the editors, several contributors will discuss their writings, also (and perhaps more importantly) speculating on the future – namely, where planetary art could or should go from here. In the midst of a global pandemic, what are the potentials, and potential pitfalls, of the planetary art world(s)?
Hildegund Amanshauser is an art historian, writer, and curator. She was a curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) in Vienna, curator/general secretary of the Secession Vienna, director of the Salzburger Kunstverein and professor for art history and art theory at the University of Fine Arts in Muenster (DE). She has published widely on modern and contemporary art. Since 2009, she has been director of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts.

An American based in Berlin and Vienna, Kimberly Bradley has long bridged the worlds of mainstream culture journalism (The New York Times, Monocle and others) and art criticism in art publications ranging from populist to theoretical (art-agenda, Artsy, Frieze, monopol, etc). She reviews exhibitions, profiles artists, and writes reportages on underexposed areas and issues of the art world.

Institutional work includes editing exhibition catalogues and monographs for museums including Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and Haus der Kunst, Munich (DE). Since 1999, Bradley has copy-edited a wide array of publications at the Akademie Schloss Solitude residency in Stuttgart (DE); she also copy-edited at the art journal Texte zur Kunst for several years. Since 2013, she has taught undergraduate courses on contemporary art practices and theory at New York University, Berlin.
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