Looking east, towards the new 2007 EU members, might be quite interesting in many regards. One of these is very directly addressed by an upcoming conference – ‘Regimes of Representation: Art & Politics Beyond the House of People’ – at the Romania’s national museum of contemporay art: MNAC in Bucharest, which formerly had been named the House of People.
|The Palatul Parlamentului and its current co-function as a museum, will be the point of departure for a discussion of the relation between post-communist politics, imagination and representation. mnac is one of various attempts to use contemporary art to transform a former ‘totalitarian’ symbol into one for democracy, but it is unique in simultaneously being the seat of government.|
Consequently the abstract for Chantal Mouffe‘s keynote speech focuses specifically on issues of space, politics and critical artistic practice in general, – as well as under these distinct circumstances connecting to her earlier analysis and points for developing her recent argument:
… I will first show that the task of democratic politics is not to aggregate interests or to attempt at reaching a rational consensus, but to transform antagonism into agonism. Then I will draw the consequences of this approach to understand the relation between art and politics and to grasp the nature of critical artistic practices. …