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 Contemporary Condition is a research project at Aarhus University made possible by a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. The project is led by Associate Professor Jacob Lund and Associate Professor Geoff Cox and runs for three years from September 2015 to August 2018.

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Verina Gfader at the 11th Shanghai Biennale

2016.09.26 | Research news

Artist Verina Gfader, who began as a Postdoc (The Contemporary Condition) in September, is currently working on her performance project, The Guests, for the forthcoming 11th Shanghai Biennale, Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories, at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai, November 12, 2016–March 12, 2017.…

New book series with Sternberg Press

2016.03.24 | Research news

From Summer 2016, we launch a new book series, published with Sternberg Press in partnership with ARoS Museum of Modern Art. For details on the first books, see

Research at Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy

2016.02.16 | Research news

Camma Juel Jepsen will be a Visiting PhD Researcher at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University from 1 March to 1 June, hosted by Professor Peter Osborne.


Mon 24 Oct
10:00-18:00 | WTC25, 25th floor, Brussels World Trade Center, Koning Albert II-laan 28-30, Brussels
Machine Research
Research/PhD workshop in collaboration with Constant Association for Art & Media, and transmediale festival for art and digital culture
Wed 16 Nov
10:00-21:30 | Université Paris 8/Université Paris 10/La Colonie
Theory Now: Locations, Forms and Practices of Contemporary Theories
Leverhulme International Network for Contemporary Studies, including Jacob Lund, amongst others
Wed 07 Dec
17:00-19:00 | Aarhus University
The Delayed Present: Media-induced tempor(e)alities and techno-traumatic irritations of "the contemporary"
Lecture with Wolfgang Ernst, Professor for Media Theory at the Institut für Musik und Medienwissenschaft, Humboldt University
Fri 16 Jun
10:00-17:00 | ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
The Contemporary Condition
International conference with keynotes by Peter Osborne, Ina Blom, Knut Ebeling and Raqs Media Collective
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