Semperdepot 1.Stock - Medienklasse (I27)
Juli Carson will present and discuss a “case study” for a practice of
repetition, one conceived in Buenos Aires by Oscar Masotta amidst an
onslaught of military coups that would eventually lead to the Dirty War
of the 1970s and
1980s. On this Argentine field we encounter Masotta’s Lacanian
interpretation of the happening, a model that lays
the foundation for a psychoanalytic branch of conceptualism highly
relevant today for a group of international,
contemporary artists interested in critical aesthetics–that tripartite
investigation of art, politics, and theory.
In Masotta’s times, critical aesthetics entailed simultaneously negotiating the strategies of the neo-avant-garde, a
wave of military coups, and the introduction of Lacan’s theorization of the subject. This combination of disciplines,
historical events, and intellectual ruminations now repeats among a select group of contemporary practitioners.
But this repetition is no mere duplication...
Newspaper image from 1966 anti-happening
Oscar Masotta, Para inducer al espíritu de la imagen,
Instituto Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1966.