‘Realism Without Authority’ Seminar

On 1 and 4 April, Maumaus will lead the participatory seminar Realism Without Authority, in partnership with the Centro de Arte Moderna, taking place in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Room 1.
Julian A.M.P., 'Growing Underneath Knowledge', 2010

The cultural organisation Maumaus designed the ‘Realism Without Authority’ seminar in partnership with the Centro de Arte Moderna, which will happen on Friday, 1 April, and Monday, 4 April, from 10 am to 5 pm in Room 1, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The seminar will be in English. 

As indicated in its title, the seminar’s starting points will be the themes of realism and authority. Its goal is to explore the differences between realism as an aesthetic route and authority as a language of power, which rules knowledge production and disclosure. The programme aims to further analyse the ways in which art challenges knowledge, particularly that related to “politics” as a specialised area and as being apart from cultural activity. 

The programme will be led by Amanda Boetzkes, professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph, Canada. Booking is essential and with limited availability. To sign-up for free, please email [email protected] until 24 March, 2022, with a summarised CV attached. 



Amanda Boetzkes is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph, Canada. In 2021-2022, she is a senior fellow at C:O/RE, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg, “Cultures of Research” at the University of Aachen, Germany. Her research focuses on the relationship between perception and representation, theories of consciousness, and ecology. She has analyzed complex human relationships with the environment through the lens of aesthetics, patterns of human waste, and the global energy economy.  She is the author of Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste (MIT Press, 2019), The Ethics of Earth Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and a forthcoming book titled Ecologicity: Vision and the Planetarity of Art. Edited books include Artworks for Jellyfish (Noxious Sector, 2022), Heidegger and the Work of Art History (Routledge, 2014), and a forthcoming volume on Art’s Realism in the Post-Truth Era (2023). Her current project, At The Moraine, considers modes of visualizing environments with a special focus on Indigenous territories of the circumpolar North. 

Maumaus is an independent Lisbon-based platform (founded in 1992) that promotes the production, discussion and dissemination of knowledge related to contemporary art. Its activities, which are recognised internationally, include the Independent Study Programme, the International Residency Programme, the Lumiar Cité exhibition space and the organisation of lectures and seminars. 

Updated on 22 march 2022

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