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Utopian 90s: between the social about-face of art and the aesthetic dimension of activism

19:00 h
Venue: MACBA
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona

The fall of the Berlin Wall in autumn 1989 appeared to confirm the arrival of unwavering capitalism. And yet the 1990s, which were ostensibly aimed at celebrating capitalist democracies, saw the beginnings of a host of counterculture activist movements that used collective dissent to challenge neoliberal individualism. The artists of this decade were also characterised by an interest in collectivism as part of a so-called “social about-face”. They possessed a renewed interest in creative forms that sought to create situations and spaces in which moments of community, generosity and protest could occur rather than the production of objects. They in some ways appeared to have once again picked up the loose thread of the sixties and seventies, with their drive for social change. It is nonetheless worth questioning the role of these practices within neoliberalism now that they are seen in a different context.

Course directed by Julia Ramírez-Blanco.