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Politics in Art Forms, 2013

An international colloquium by UCLA, USC, and University of Paris 8

February 7th @ UCLA and February 8th @ USC, 2013

Politics in Art Forms is an international and interdisciplinary event co-organized by the University of Paris VIII, UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) and USC (University of Southern California). Artists and scholars meet and discuss the relationships between art forms and politics: Are some arts formats, genres and disciplines easier to politicize than others? Under what conditions can art become a vector for political and civic messages? To what extent is politicization in art appropriate and legitimate in the creators’ eyes? What are the relationships between artistic innovation and political/social critique? How have they changed over time? The participants draw from their recent artistic or academic work to debate on panels and with the audience around such questions. Music, dance, film and visual arts at large are at the heart of this stimulating public conversation. 

Free and open to the public, as per the space limits of each location.

Day 1

February 7th, 2013
UCLA Royce Hall, Room 314

  • 9:00-9:30 Introduction
  • Panel 1 (9:30-12:30) Mobilizing Music
  • 9:30am-10:00am: Performances by Tony Seeger & Karol Beffa
  • 10:00am-12:30pm: Discussion
    Chair: William Roy (UCLA, Sociology)
    Scholars:  Josh Kun (USC, Annenberg School), Stéphane Dorin (University of Paris 8-CESSP)
    Artists: Tony Seeger & Karol Beffa
  • Panel 2 (2:00pm-4:30pm) The Political Dynamics of Dance
    Chair: Anurima Banerji (UCLA, World Arts and Cultures)
    Scholars: Kristy Edmunds (Center for the Art of Performance) Janet O’Shea (UCLA, World Arts and Cultures), Julie Perrin (University of Paris 8, Dance)
    Artists: D. Sabela Grimes, Heddy Maalem, Yvonne Rainer

Day 2

February 8th, 2013
USC, School of Cinematic Arts

  • Panel 3 Filming Politics: Tensions and Paradoxes
  • 9:00am-12:30pm: Film Screenings (Norris Theater)
    Dans la tourmente, Christophe Ruggia (2012, 107 minutes)
    Day Zero, Bryan Gunnar Cole (2007, 92 minutes)
  • 2:00pm-4:30pm:  Discussion (Room 108)
    Chair: Violaine Roussel, (University of Paris 8, Sociology)
    Scholars: Steven Ross (USC, History), Audrey Mariette (University of Paris 8, Political Science), Michael Renov (USC, Film)
    Artists: Bryan Gunnar Cole (Director, Day Zero), Christophe Ruggia (Director, Dans la tourmente)
  • 4:45pm-6:15pm: Keynote speakers, Los Angeles/Paris
    Vanessa Schwartz (USC, History, Art History, Film): “Beyond Atrocity: Looking at Photojournalism”
    Gisèle Sapiro (CESSP, EHESS-CNRS-University Paris 1): “Framing the perception of reality: the political power of literature, in comparison with other media"

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