THE CONTEMPORARY CONDITION

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

About

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.

 

News

Review of 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.”

New books - published by Sternberg Press

2017.06.24 | Publication

Three new books in our edited series are now available - written by Wolfgang Ernst, Raqs Media Collective and Dexter Sinister. Another, by Knut Ebeling, will follow soon.

The Times of the Garden - ARoS Triennial

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.

Events

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)
Mon 06 Nov
12:00-15:00 | Building 1586, room 114, Forskerhuset, Kasernen, Langelandsgade 139, Aarhus University
Toward A Manual of Printed Matter (af)fairs
Workshop led by Verina Gfader, with Mathias Kokholm, Antipyrine
Thu 16 Nov
14:15-16:00 | Kunsthal Aarhus, J.M. Mørks Gade 13, Aarhus C
What’s the Relation Between ‘Contemporaneity’, the Capitalist Mode of Production and Contemporary Art?
Lecture by Mikkel Bolt, as part of Aesthetic seminar series
Mon 29 Jan
12:00-18:00 | Brandenburg Center for Media Studies – ZeM & Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin
Research Values
Research/PhD Workshop in the context of transmediale 2018