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Hiraki Sawa at Art in the Life World Conference

The "Art and Autonomy?" conference questions the agency of artists, curators, audiences, commissioners and other players within the changing contexts and dynamics of contemporary market, policy, funding, and discursive frameworks.THE CONFERENCE 'ART AND AUTONOMY?' 28 & 29 February 2008 Civic Centre, Ballymun, Dublin 9

SPEAKERS

Prof Tony Bennett, JJ Charlesworth, Daniel Jewesbury, Lu Jie, Maria Lind, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Ailbhe Murphy, Tone Olaf Nielsen, Tim Stott and Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto

Chair: Dr Mick Wilson

The question of 'Art in the Life World' is a matter of interrogating the perceived tension between, on the one hand, the "autonomy" of practice within established artworld systems - independent spaces, galleries, art journals, fairs, public museums, private collections - and, on the other hand, the "instrumentalisation" of practice through policy imperatives operative within the public funding and commissioning of the arts - e.g., agendas rooted in regeneration, creative cities marketing, cultural tourism, and urban area identity construction and re-branding.

'Art in the Life World' seeks to problematise this crude opposition by inviting speakers to examine these issues from a number of different perspectives. The conference questions the agency of artists, curators, audiences, commissioners and other players within the changing contexts and dynamics of contemporary market, policy, funding, and discursive frameworks.

The conference seeks to map the diversity of competing strategies and the kinds of critical contest at work in contemporary practice.

This conference is an opportunity for practitioners, commissioners, policy-makers, curators, educators, funders, critics, and gallerists from across the spectrum of contemporary arts to discuss these issues in an international context.

EXHIBITION

ARTISTS

Santiago Sierra, Hiraki Sawa, Cecily Brennan, Jota Castro, Minerva Cuevas, Jeanette Doyle, Matthieu Laurette, Janice Feighrey, Stephen Gunning, Jesse Jones, Nevan Lahart, Ken Meehan, Mark McGowan, Theresa Nanigian, Women of the Star Project, Seamus Nolan, Adam Chodzko, Hugh O'Neill, Abigail Reynolds, The Centre of Attention

Using the unique setting of the old and now unused swimming pool in Ballymun, the Art in the life World exhibition reflects on and extends the themes of the conference. A disparate range of local, national and internationally renowned artists are brought together in Dublin to occupy, challenge and provoke in this changing part of the city. At the Old Swimming Pool, Ballymun

CONFERENCE: 28 & 29 FEBRUARY Venue: Civic Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9. Day One: Registration, 9am sharp 10 am - 5.30pm Day Two: 10 am - 4.00pm Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. Places are limited, booking essential.

For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.artinthelifeworld.com/artinthelifeworl.html