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Pascal Gielen to Give Public Lecture “Fragile Territories” at the PinchukArtCentre

20 September 2017

On September 20, at 20:00 Belgium sociologist Pascal Gielen will give a lecture “Fragile Territories” on exchange and use value of art and land in the frameworks of public program accompanying the PinchukArtCentre’s “Fragile State” exhibition.  

The lecture will be held on the 6th floor of PinchukArtCentre. Participation is free. To take part in the lecture, please register here.

From Berlusconi, Putin via Cameron and May to Trump, we see expressions of new ideological and political formations that reconcile free trade with protectionism and conservatism in a highly original manner. The result is a curiously repressive liberalism in which fear of loss of territory is overcompensated by a rigid delineation of it. In his lecture Pascal Gielen will explain this fragility of the territory and how artists can play a role in turning exchange value back into use value by their very well skilled expertise in cultivating our mental and material territories.

Fragility serves as the conceptual basis of the exhibition, reflecting a delicate state of vulnerability. This is the most salient characterization of today’s world. The term “Fragile State” is a reflection on the fragile state of the world order, and more abstractly, it refers to ideological, cultural and social vulnerability. At the same time, the concept of fragility relates to every individual personally, when it is about vulnerability of one’s body, state of mind and consciousness.  

The public program, along with the exhibition, will explore various interpretations and definitions of the concept in a series of events. Every event will examine various aspects of fragility: social, cultural, historical, philosophical and psychological. Indeed, according to many theories, fragility is a fundamental characterization for both people and states, profoundly private and political at the same time.

Fragile State Public Program

13.09, 19.00 – Curatorial tour by Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre Björn Geldhof.

16.09, 16.00 – Lecture by Marina Abramovic.

28.09 – Lecture by Hrytsak Yaroslav. Historical perspective of fragility.
Hrytsak Yaroslav is Ukrainian historian, Doctor of Historical Sciences and professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University.

05.10 – Lecture on the philosophical perspective of fragility.

12.10 – Lecture on the psychological perspective of fragility.

Pascal Gielen is full professor of sociology of art and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University - Belgium) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Gielen is editor in-chief of the international book series Antennae-Arts in Society. In 2016 he became laureate of the Odysseus grant for excellent international scientific research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders. His research focuses on creative labour, the institutional context of the arts and on cultural politics. Gielen has published many books which are translated in English, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.