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.



The Times of the Garden

2017.05.03 | Publication

Jacob Lund has contributed an essay to "The Garden, End of Times, Beginning of Times", published on the occasion of the first ARoS Triennial, a new international contemporary art exhibition organised by ARoS Art Museum.

The Biennial Condition - published by Liverpool Biennial

2017.03.29 | Publication

The Biennial Condition is the latest issue of Stages published by Liverpool Biennial, following the conference we co-organised in October 2016, and includes our glossary of key concepts.

Call for papers - The Contemporary Contemporary

2016.11.06 | Calls

We invite proposals for our conference The Contemporary Contemporary, June 16-18, 2017, at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. Confirmed keynote speakers: Ina Blom (Oslo), Raqs Media Collective (New Delhi), Knut Ebeling (Berlin), and Peter Osborne (London). Proposals of papers and artistic contributions (such as screenings and performance-lectures) should be…


Mon 26 Jun
13:00-14:00 | Cambridge, UK
Ways of Machine Seeing
Two day workshop organised by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, CoDE and Cambridge Big Data
Wed 06 Sep
12:00-16:00 | Kassel, Germany
Contemporary Research - Call for Participation
Workshop organized by The Contemporary Condition, Aarhus University & Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool John Moores University, in partnership with Documenta 14. Deadline for proposals 17 July.
Tue 31 Oct
14:00-17:00 | ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
Deconstructive States in the Contemporary Condition
Lecture by Terry Smith (University of Pittsburgh)