Cite as: Birgit Hopfener and Ming Tiampo, Introduction to the symposium Co-constituting the Global: Ethical Challenges and Implications, ICI Berlin, 22 June 2018, video recording, mp4, 05:58 <>
22 Jun 2018


By Birgit Hopfener
Ming Tiampo

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:05:58
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Part of the Symposium

Co-constituting the Global: Ethical Challenges and Implications

The afternoon session at the ICI Berlin addresses the lived entanglements of the global that are not adequately theorized by notions of the global and the local, which bifurcate experiences that are necessarily co-constituting. It will take up the question of how artworks, artists, cultural producers, art historians, historians, and theorists who simultaneously exist on multiple and intertwining scales, co-constitute the global in relation with one another through meaning making/world-making processes of (critical) interconnecting, social networks, transnational/transcultural historiography, the circulation of objects, and imagined communities.

We aim to address methodological challenges in the study of art history that reimagines its possible narratives by simultaneously holding account of art’s global resonances and its local, national, and regional frameworks. The papers on this panel are situated at the intersection between diaspora, postcolonial, and global (art history) studies. They seek to decolonize and deimperialize new top-down narratives of so called ‘global art’, that often identify global capitalism as the universal condition and will instead shed light on the multiperspectival polyphony that co-constitutes the global.Programme

15:30-17:30 Panel
Birgit Hopfener, Carleton University
Devika Singh, Cambridge University
Francesca Tarocco, NYU Shanghai/Cà Foscari University, Venice
David Teh, National University of Singapore
Ming Tiampo, Carleton University

17:30-18:00 Discussion/Q&A
moderated by John Tain

18:00-18:15 Coffee Break

18:15-18:45 Book Launch
for Sarah Dornhof, Nanne Buurman, Birgit Hopfener, Barbara Lutz (eds.) Situating Global Art: Topologies, Temporalities, Trajectories (Bielefeld 2018).

18:45-19:00 Break

19:00 Keynote
Lydia H. Liu (Columbia University)


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Birgit Hopfener
Devika Singh
Francesca Tarocco
David Teh
Ming Tiampo
Lydia H. Liu

Organized by

Birgit Hopfener
Ming Tiampo
In collaboration with Annette Bhagwati and Alexandra Chang as part of GAX 2018 Presented in collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW Berlin), ICI Berlin, the Centre for Transcultural Analysis at Carleton University (CTCA), and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU as part of GAX 2018 With the support from the NYU Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost The panel is the public part of a two-day symposium at HKW and ICI Berlin. This symposium, in turn, is part of GAX 2018 in London and Berlin, 13–23 June 2018.