Book presentation: Navigating the Planetary

Book launch
12/11 2021 6 pm — 7 pm

With: Hildegund Amanshauser, Kimberly Bradley, Sabine Breitwieser, and Olamiju Fajemisin

In the exhibition Ines Doujak. Geistervölker, with a short introduction by the artist.

A collaboration of Kunsthalle Wien with Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna, and Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

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Navigating the Planetary points to an interconnected art world that transcends not only art’s old Eurocentric models, but also the “global,” with a more holistic approach. The “planetary” has become a buzzword, yet navigating it remains a challenge for many artists, curators, critics, and other art practitioners.

This is a guidebook for readers looking for entry points into planetary approaches to contemporary art. Through essays, case studies, and interviews situated in the past, present, and looking to the future, this book explores people, institutions, and thoughts that are shifting or dissolving East/West and Global North/South binaries. It also asks: why navigate the planetary at all – and is the desire to do so part of a political agenda? Do global or planetary networks offer solutions to cultural problems, and how are these networks best established and maintained? How can or should education support a planetary or global consciousness or approach to art? Navigating the Planetary attempts to answer these questions, as well as to offer a sense of possibility.

Authors and interview subjects
Rahel Aima • Hildegund Amanshauser • Kader Attia • Stephanie Bailey • Sammy Baloji • Kimberly Bradley • Sabine Breitwieser • Tania Bruguera • Roger M. Buergel • Clémentine Deliss • Rosalyn D’Mello • Charles Esche • Olamiju Fajemisin • Marina Fokidis • Alexander Koch • Christian Kravagna • Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung • Peter Osborne • Fernando Resende • Mohammad Salemy • Shuddhabrata Sengupta • Nina Siegal • Chloe Stead • Sanjukta Sunderason • Kate Sutton • Simone Wille

The book presentation also asks: Where could or should planetary art go from here? Is there a demodernized option for institutions? In the face of a pandemic, what are the potentials and possible stumbling blocks of the planetary art world (s)? The editors Hildegund Amanshauser and Kimberly Bradley will discuss these issues and more with the authors Sabine Breitwieser and Olamiju Fajemisin.

Participants of the event:

Hildegund Amanshauser is an art historian, writer, and curator. She was a curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) in Vienna, curator/general secretary of the Secession Vienna, director of the Salzburger Kunstverein and professor for art history and art theory at the University of Fine Arts in Muenster (DE). 2009 – 2020 she was director of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts.

Kimberly Bradley is a culture journalist and art critic (The New York Times, Monocle, Art-Agenda, Frieze, Mousseetc). She edits exhibition catalogues and monographs for museums throughout Germany as well as publications like Texte zur Kunst. Since 2013, she has taught undergraduate courses on contemporary art practices and theory at New York University, Berlin.

Olamiju Fajemisin is an independent writer, curator and editor. For publications like Artforum, Frieze, and Flash Art she writes about the convergence of art, intersectionality and decolonisation. She has also written and edited exhibition texts, essays, profiles, and poems for public and private institutions across Europe (Haus der Kunst, Munich; Kunsthall Bergen; South London Gallery etc.) She has studied at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London since September 2019.