Artworks and cultural productions affect us more or less. In rare occasions, their encounter can trigger a life-changing event. These rare and unexpected individual moments can be shared as narratives, some of which are found in literature.
The Response Events research-creation project examines how individual experiences of representations (literary, artistic, cinematographic, etc.) can sometimes become life-changing events or “response events” for readers or spectators. The notion of response event is based on Alain Badiou’s understanding of the event: “the event is first the onset of the inexistent and the onset of an inexistent brings about in its periphery a figure of destruction”. It also builds on Claude Romano’s reflection on the event, which makes sense through an individual, “opening a world by reconfiguring its possibilities”. Therefore, even if the response event is caused by an unexpected encounter with a representation, it seems to respond to a matured situation for the individual.
This project led at the University of Tartu, in collaboration with Aix-Marseille University and University of Côte d’Azur, culminates this autumn with a conference, a doctoral workshop and three art exhibitions. Contacts: Sara Bédard-Goulet (University of Tartu, sara.bedard-goulet [ät] ut.ee), Damien Beyrouthy (Aix-Marseille University, damien.beyrouthy [ät] univ-amu.fr), Frédéric Vinot (University of Côte d’Azur, frederic.vinot [ät] univ-cotedazur.fr)
The Response Events conference gathers scholars examining the concept of response event from multiple perspectives in order to enrich the understanding of this phenomena (Jakobi 2 & BigBlueButton, 19-21.11.2020).
The doctoral workshop Contributions of the Art Field Approaches and Methods in the Humanities takes place in Jakobi 2 -114 and on BigBlueButton (18.11.2020). This workshop present approaches and methods from the art field that can contribute to research in the humanities.
The Sanatorium’s Atmosphere exhibition, a solo show by Belgian artist Bruno Goosse, takes place in Kogo gallery (24.10-05.12.2020). This exhibition explores the atmosphere and architecture of the tuberculosis sanatoria, and the reactions that they can still raise today, after no longer being in use.
The Returns exhibition, a group show with Damien Beyrouthy (France/Lebanon), Dénes Farkas (Estonia/Hungary), Anna Guilló (France/Catalonia) and Pascal Navarro (France), takes place in Tartu Art House (19.11-13.12.2020). For this exhibition, the artists were invited to reflect and question the reception to artworks and cultural productions through their respective practice and media.
The exhibition To The Edge, a solo show by French artist Jean Arnaud, takes place at the University of Tartu (21.11.2020-16.02.2021). In this exhibition, the artist captures the disappearance and reminiscence of two trees, one from Estonia and one from France, whose stories struck him and which he has collected.
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