What is the role of art and the artist in times of corona?
From streamed operas and vlogging musicians to digital access to theatre shows and museum collections: corona art initiatives are everywhere. Whoever is at home isolated and has nothing to do can look at art for hours on end. Artists, festivals and cultural institutions turn their webcams on and show work processes, digital registrations, personal background stories and special adapted productions. Productions return to classics such as Camus’s The Plague or now choose Boccaccio’s The Decameron.
The Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere would like to capture this present situation. What, we ask ourselves, is really the role of art during the corona crisis? How will corona change the artistic practice? Can we explain this art and its manifestations? What are the possibilities and realities for artists making corona art? What aesthetics does corona art have? What is specific about art in times of corona? How is corona art displayed? And who watches and listens? How is corona art appreciated and appraised and with what arguments? And how will we come out of this situation? What is the impact of corona art on the artists and makers? And how will this impact develop? How will our artistic education change and what will remain after corona?
We invite you to share your thoughts about these questions here. Contributions from all angles and disciplines are welcome: reflexive artists and art lovers, makers and thinkers, students and experts. Share your preliminary attempts or your detailed thoughts, your still fumbling words or your heated speech. Maybe it’s too early to really observe and reflect. Maybe the disruption is at the moment too big. We would still like to try. Reflection on these questions is needed—now and in the future. This is why, in this space, we will document the joint search towards the practice and the meaning of what we now simply call corona art.
COVID-19 brought us to an exceptional and worrying situation—and that includes artists and the arts. With this space, we hope to start a conversation about the meaning and relevance of art and the artist in times of crisis.
Will you join us?
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF CORONA ART?
FOR WHOM IS CORONA ART?
HOW DO YOU MAKE AND EXHIBIT YOUR ART DURING CORONA?
CAN YOU AS AN ARTIST MAKE A LIVING FROM CORONA ART?
Art in times of corona calls for all kinds of questions. We are happy to present in this space contributions that explore the role of art and the artist in times of corona. This digital space is not meant to display a collection of corona art, but precisely to investigate how we can speak about the meaning of corona art (which can of course be done on the basis of specific examples).
Below you will find a few themes for reflection. Just like corona art can manifest itself in a variety of forms, contributions can be in the form of texts, audio recordings (podcasts), video performances, or other methods of documentation. Send your contribution to bijdrage[at]corona-kunst.nl or use the contact form at the bottom of the page. The team at the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere will make a selection. (We will select not based on point of view or based on your or our appreciation of a specific artwork. However, we will check whether the submitted contribution is a reflection. We will also try to avoid frequently repeated positions.)
How does art become relevant? And what does it mean to claim that artists create knowledge? Engagement and artistic research are the themes of the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere, part of the arts faculties at Zuyd Hogeschool (the Netherlands). We develop artistic research as an experimental, intimate ethnography in which systematic sensitivity for the world is fundamental. We stimulate work that explores the riches hidden between opposing clichés about art, society, politics, academia and research. The centre thus functions as an ordinary ánd a contrary part of the Faculty of Arts of Zuyd University.