Aesthetic Individualism, or Dancing Solo in the 21st Century – A talk by Bojana Cvejić
Thursday February 20 at 7 pm
In search of how we perform ourselves in current capitalist society, we repeatedly stumble upon art. The experience of one’s individuality and autonomy in self-creation and self-expression points to the aesthetic authority that performing arts exert on the formation of today’s self. Add to that the new venues of self-performance such as social media plus the new business of “ratification,” and the prophecy from the 1960s and 70s that “everyone is an artist” (Joseph Beuys) and that “in future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” (Andy Warhol) has been fulfilled.
This talk by Serbian-born, Brussel-based performance theorist and maker Bojana Cvejić – co-founding member of TkH editorial collective – will unfold the new truth games in which individuals seek their self-knowledge in embodiment and artistic-like intensity. How do aesthetic qualities of experience shape a predominantly individualized sense of the self? Alternatively, can one perform oneself trans-individually, in a kind of collective individuation?
*The talk will be held in English
Image: Hubert Fichte. Photo: Leonore Mau.