Conference: Industries of Crisis, Aesthetics of Dissent

International scientific conference "Industries of Crisis, Aesthetics of Dissent" at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius focuses on the ideological implications of technology and hybrid cultural infrastructures in creating communities and public spaces.

Today, the Baltic region is buying into the possibilities of communication technologies and the "internet of things." These purported trends are in contradiction to pressing other realities within contemporary society, such as "industries of crisis" which within regimes of global capital, have generated entirely new forms of human-made disaster. Yet these industries of crisis have also fomented new forms of resistance, dissent, and civic engagement using network technologies to enable globally synchronized protests. These trends have also engendered a new, diverse aesthetics of dissent wherein cultural and artistic influence have found ways to amplify these emergent forms of civic engagement for greater impact.

Participants: Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, USA), Rick Lowe (Artist/Founder of Project Row Houses, USA) Doina Petrescu & Constantin Petcou: (University of Sheffield, UK / atelier d'architecture autogeree, France), Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith College, USA), Sasha Costanza-Chock (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Gintautas Mažeikis (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania), Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Institute, The Netherlands), Skaidra Trilupaitytė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Lithuania), Ed Carroll (Blue Drum, Ireland), Andrius Bielskis (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania), Rasa Baločkaitė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania), and others.


The Conference is part of the Congress on Public Spaces, which is a series of three interdisciplinary events dedicated to exploring changes in democratic participation. It takes place in Kaunas and Vilnius on the 29th of September - the 1st of October, 2016.

The Congress is organised by: Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), Jutempus Interdisciplinary Art Program (Lithuania), research platform Balticada (Lithuania), with participation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Art, Culture and Technology (USA). Concept and curation: Nomeda Urbonas (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway), Gediminas Urbonas (MIT Program in Art, Culture & Technology, Cambridge, USA). Editorial board: Ann Lok Lui (School of the Art Institute Chicago, USA), Jonathan Crisman (University of California, Los Angeles, USA).

Supported by: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania; Lithuanian Council for Culture; Research Council of Lithuania; United States Embassy in Vilnius. Media partner - Partners: National Gallery of Art, Centre for Civil Education, Doxa, Architecture Fund, Lux Express.

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NGA Auditorium
2016 09 30

9:30AM - 6PM