The second season of the LCCA Evening School presents series of art text reading workshops, seminars and lectures by local and international professionals. The cycle is based on exploring the contemporary art processes in order to foster the development of critical thinking and discussion in the Latvian art scene.

Each reading workshop is dedicated to a specific set of themes and questions – activism and socio-political responsibility of art, the centre and the periphery, the context of memory and archives, the global art circuit, curatorial practice and approaches, exhibition policy, art education – through reading and discussing texts from art theory, philosophy, anthropology and other fields, including essays by such notable authors as Grant Kester, Italo Calvino, Rem Koolhaas, Frederic Jameson, Jens Hoffmann, Ute Meta Bauer e.a.

Curated by Ieva Astahovska and Valts Miķelsons.

# 1 Urban utopias and heterotopias in contemporary art  


• Michel Foucault, „Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias” (1967) // Architecture / Mouvement / Continuité, October, 1984.

• Lieven de Cauter, Michiel Dehaene, „The Space of Play: Towards a General Theory of Heterotopia” // Heterotopia and the City, Public Space in a Postcivil Society. Eds. L. de Cauter, M. Dehaene. 2008.

# 2 Narrative structure in art and literature 


• Italo Calvino, „Cybernetics and Ghosts” (1967) // The Uses of Literature. San Diego, New York, London. Harcourt Brace & Company. 1986.

• Katherine Hayles, „Toward Embodied Virtuality” // How We Became Posthuman, The University of Chicago Press. 1999.

# 3 Art education 


• Boris Groys, "Education by Infection" // Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century). Ed. S. Madoff. The MIT Press. 2009.

• Steven Madoff, "States of Exception" // Art School.

# 4 Art and its ecosystems 


• Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev “Worldly Worlding: The Imaginal Fields of Science / Art and Making Patterns Together” // Mousse 43, 2014.

• T. J. Demos “The Politics of Sustainability: Art and Ecology” // Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009. Ed. Francesco Manacorda, London: Barbican Art Gallery, 2009.

# 5 ‘Post-criticality’ or ‘late period’ critique in art 


• Hal Foster, "Post-critical" // October 139, Winter 2012,

• George Baker, "Late Criticism" // Canvases and Careers Today. Criticism and Its Markets. Sternberg Press, 2008.

# 6 Criteria of art evaluation  


• Boriss Groiss, “Vienlīdzīgu estētisko tiesību loģika” (2006) // Mākslas vara, LLMC, 2015.

• Andrea Fraser. “How to Provide an Artistic Service: An Introduction”. 1994.

# 7 Exhibition making and curatorial practices  


• Irene Calderoni, “Creating Shows: Some Notes on Exhibition Aesthetics at the End of the Sixties” // Curating Subjects. Ed. by Paul O’Neil. De Appel, 2007. • Paul O’Neil, “The Curatorial Turn: From Practice to Discourse”. 2007. 

# 8 Reconstruction and re-enactment in art 


• Dieter Roelstraete, “Make it Re-. The Eternally Returning Object” // When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013. Ed. Germano Celant. Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2013.

• Inke Arns, “History Will Repeat Itself” // History Will Repeat Itself. Strategies of Re-enactment in Contemporary (Media) Art and Performance. Eds. Inke Arns, Gabriele Horn. Hartware MedienKunstVerein, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, 2007.

# 9 Art and public space  


• Rem Koolhaas, “Junkspace”. 2002.

• Joanna Erbel, Raluca Voinea, Jaime Iregui, “PublicSpace” // Atlas of Transformation. Eds. Zbynek Baladrán, Vit Havránek, JRP|Ringier, 2011.

# 10 Global art and biennales  


• Charlotte Bydler, “The Global Art World, Inc.: On the Globalization of Contemporary Art”. 2004.

• Simon Sheikh, “Marks of Distinction, Vectors of Possibility: Questions for the Biennial”. 2009.

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