The Representation and Experience of Contemporaneity in and through Contemporary Arts Practice


The purpose of this project is to investigate contemporaneity as a defining condition of our historical present. Contemporaneity refers to the temporal complexity that follows from the coming together in the same cultural space of heterogeneous cultural clusters generated along different historical trajectories, across different scales, and in different localities. [...] The project will primarily concentrate on contemporary art and experimental artistic practice as its material with a particular interest in the role of contemporary media and computational technologies.

The project is led by Associate Professor Jacob Lund and Associate Professor Geoff Cox, with PhD fellows Camma Juel Jepsen, Anne Kølbæk Iversen, Johanne Løgstrup, and Postdoc Verina Gfader.

The Contemporary Condition is a research project at Aarhus University made possible by a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research, and runs for three years from September 2015 to August 2018.



Documentation of recent talks by Jacob Lund available online

2018.01.03 | Events

Jacob Lund, Contemporaneity, Anachrony and Historical Imagination, as part of KuvA Research Days, December 2017, Helsinki. Jacob Lund, Trans-individuation and Artistic Re-appropriation of the Medium's Milieu, as part of The…

New book by Verina Gfader - Cloud Chamber

2017.11.28 | Publication

Inspired by The Guests 做东 for the 11th Shanghai Biennale, with contributions by Nikos Papastergiadis, Rebecca Carson, Sarat Maharaj, Tess Maunder, Simon Roy Christensen, Liu Tian, Chang Tsong-zung, Raqs Media Collective, Masanao Abe, Nabuqi and The Guests.

Review of TCC book series by Rikke Hansen, in Art Monthly 408: Jul-Aug 2017

2017.07.07 | Media coverage

“Each publication reads like a chapter dreaming of becoming something longer. Or, alternatively, a book dreaming of becoming an essay. It occupies a middle space.”


Wed 11 Apr
18:00-18:00 | University of Plymouth, UK
Artistic Research Will Eat Itself
9th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, with keynotes by Martin Crowley, Elaine Gan, Ayesha Hameed, Alexandra Murray-Leslie, Florian Schneider, co-organized by Geoff Cox
Thu 17 May
10:00-18:00 | University of Milan, Italy
Contemporaneity, a sublime experience?
Talk by Jacob Lund, at Revisiting the Sublime, International Conference, Aesthetics Unlimited Research Network — Séminaire d’Esthétique Européen
Thu 31 May
10:00-18:00 | Fondation Danoise, Paris
Conflicts – Antagonism, Agonies, Affects
The Nordic Society of Aesthetics, Annual Meeting 2018, with keynotes by Georges Didi-Huberman and Danielle Cohen-Levinas, co-organized by Jacob Lund