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Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.): The Present of the Future

Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.)

The Present of the Future

Softcover, 256 pages

Date of publication: 11.12.2017

The current outlook into the future seems to be largely informed by resignation and anxiety. The understandable scepticism which utopian visions of the future are met with today and the crisis ridden present give rise to nostalgic resorts to seemingly reliable ideas. The book The Present of the Future investigates our present relation to the future and asks which means and strategies artists and scholars pursue today, to gain a new scope of action for shaping alternative futures. How do they create potentials for change and for the imagination of possible futures beyond modernistic idealisms and romanticist projections into remote times? The Present of the Future is the result of the third annual theme of the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.

  • art theory
  • artistic practice
  • art
  • contemporary art
  • future

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Kerstin Stakemeier

studied political science and art history, in which she completed her PhD in 2010. She taught a.o. at the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Free University Berlin, was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Since 2012 she is a junior professor at the cx centre of interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Stakemeier was the initiator of the »Space for Actualisation«, Hamburg (with Nina Köller, 2007/2008) and realised exhibitions at a.o. Kunsthaus Bregenz (with Eva Birkenstock, 2010) and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (with Anja Kirschner/David Panos, 2011).

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Susanne Witzgall

holds a PhD in art history and is head of the cx centre of interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich funded by the BMBF. From 2003 to 2011 she was an assistant professor at the Department for Art History at the same institution. From 1995 to 2002 Witzgall worked as a curator for the Deutsches Museum Bonn and the Deutsches Museum, Munich. She has curated and co-curated several exhibitions among them Art & Brain II (1997/98), The Other Face (2002), Say It Isn’t So (2007) and (Re)Designing Nature (2010/1) and is the editor and author of numerous books and articles on contemporary art and art and science.

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