After the End of Politics

World-Information Institute, IG Kultur Österreich, KUNSTHALLE wien:

3 November 2011, 7:30pm

KUNSTHALLE project space, Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna

Discussion and Booklaunch with:

  • Andrea Roedig, Author
  • Monika Mokre, IKT ÖAW
  • Corinna Milborn, NEWS
  • Elisabeth Mayerhofer, IG Kultur Österreich
  • Konrad Becker, World-Information Institute

In the light of inherently economist necessities culture is becoming a topic outside of the conflict of societal ideas. Cultural politics are a category of public action that is slowly fading away. Degenerating into a security paradigm, culture is inscribing itself into racist discourses, and becoming a central leitmotif of repression and political persecution. Culture as a “soft power” not only determines economic relations, but also global conflicts and urban disputes. The cognitive and media industries are gaining importance, and with them the cultural- technological expansion of symbol manipulation. Beyond traditional political structures, the wielding of power in modern societies predominantly works in opaque networks of conventions, rules, interpersonal relations, and internalized control. This is what makes a wide debate about culture as a constituent element of social relations and political communities necessary.

The third volume of the series “Texts about Future Cultural Politics” examines the relation of political action and the cultural field and looks into strategic perspectives.

Nach dem Ende der Politik
Texte zur Zukunft der Kulturpolitik III
Konrad Becker, Martin Wassermair (Eds.)
Löcker, Wien 2011 ISBN 978-3-85409-552-1

Contributions by: Konrad Becker, Franco Berardi Bifo, Branka Ćurčić/Zoran Pantelić, Jodi Dean, Jens Kastner, Thomas Macho, Gerald Raunig, Saskia Sassen, Klaus Schönberger, Christoph Spehr, Felix Stalder, Martin Wassermair