Chantal Pontbriand | The Contemporary, The Common: Art In A Globalizing World

Book launch and performative talk with Geneviève Cadieux and Massimo Guerrera

Friday, March 28, 2014, 5:00–7:00 PM

Links between art, contemporaneity, and the common lie at the heart of Chantal Pontbriand’s writings as a critic, editor, and curator. This collection of essays written in the first decade of the twenty-first century looks at the different issues that arise when examining what binds the practice of art to issues in the contemporary world, and how that bond articulates itself. At the forefront is being-in-common, whether one considers globalization, work, war, and other social phenomena, as well as the development of art practices and their modes of implementation. Other ways of seeing, understanding, and making appear, and these innovative pathways are Pontbriand’s main concern.

Chantal Pontbriand’s book presentation will be enhanced by the participation of Geneviève Cadieux and Massimo Guerrera. Geneviève Cadieux’s conversation will touch on themes related to her research, such as the body, the image, and the question of identity, subjects which are closely linked to the concept of expanded consciousness addressed in the book. Massimo Guerrera will present a performative conference developed around ideas that are at the core of his research on the crossover between meditative and artistic practices, but also between the self and the collective. Questions of community, globalization, and expanded consciousness in art as an entry point into the various challenges of today’s world, will form the basis of this presentation.