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B03 Expectations of the Impact of Artistic Intervention: An Enquiry into Self-Understanding, Practices, and Receptions

The research project examines the expectations associated with artistic practices as regards to the potential of the arts as a driver for social transformation. We are also interested in how such artistic interventions are perceived by different audiences. We typically see these practices as located in-between art as political expression (e.g. theater and activist art) and artistic strategies in politics (e.g. activism and protest). Our assumption is that in these social fields, different logics of artistic practice (the “poetics of intervention”) take effect and interlace. Another assumption is that expectations regarding the impact of artistic intervention are central to artistic self-understanding. Our research focuses on three key areas. First, we use ethnographic methods to investigate the production of selected, event-based interventions of various art forms. Second, we examine the reception and interpretation of these interventions by different audiences. Finally, we seek to make an empirically informed, theoretical contribution to a field-theoretical understanding of artistic intervention.

Head of Project

Prof. Dr. Christian von Scheve (SP 3)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Simon Teune (SP 2)

Doctoral Researcher

Laura Rogalski (SP 1)

Student Assistant

No Klingsporn