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12 Mar 2013

guest_*talk by Silvia Henke at F+F Zurich

Art & Church - the guest_*talks series 2013

Art and Church - the guest_*talks series 2013
F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich


The F+F guest_*talks series 2013

Anja Moers, F+F Art Department
+41 44 444 18 88

F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich
Flurstrasse 89
8047 Zurich

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013, 7 pm
Silvia Henke: Blind Angels, Maria's Mantle - Can Art Do Religion?

The book 'Kunst und Religion im Zeitalter des Postsäkularen' (art and religion in the postsecular era. Transcript 2012) has been the direct result of the research project 'holyspace, holyways' that the culture scientist Silvia Henke headed together with the artist Nika Spalinger. In her guest_*talk, Silvia Henke intensifies the results of the project with her cultural science approach: what can artistic works do when they deal with religion? And what state of religion is it that they refer to when doing so? Is it all the same if it's angels or prayomats that turn up in public space?
Silvia Henke (*1962), PhD, is a cultural scientist and since 2001 Professor of Cultural Theory at the University of Lucerne, Dept. of Design & Art. She is also a freelance publicist. She has worked for a long time on the interfaces between text and image, art and science, art and the public world, art and pornography, art and religion.
Art & Church – The Guest_*Talks Series 2013
Part 2 of the lecture series of 'guest_*talks' continues the series held in autumn 2012/13 and carries on the theme of art and the church. In various lectures a subject is sounded out that, in the end, is as important as it is compelling. How does the historically evolved and significant relationship stand today between art and church, a relationship that is no longer a matter of course and has become in part problematic? On what current basis does an association exist between the church as an institution and a concrete site and art? And why—in view of the existing
breaches in this relationship—are artists still ongoing in their interest in liturgical ceremonies, rituals and representational techniques? We are interested in the question of the meaning, the possibility and the function of contemporary art inside the church as well as within the liturgy. In addition, there is the phenomenon of so-called 'free churches' that, as partly worldwide denominations, have over the past years acted in an interventionist way in social and political spheres, i.e., places where, since the 1970s at the latest, art has also been active; these sometimes parareligious groups have launched representational forms that operate in a popcultural, aesthetic, as well as economist way. And vice versa, also of interest in this series is the church as a secularized site for parties and events and the ensuing dialectic relationship of stipulation and use, while in the meantime consecrated churches have recently become headline news when they operated as a platform for artistic actions.
Full informations:
Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche Zürich 4,
Stauffacherstrasse 54, 8004 Zürich.
The events are open to the public and entrance is gratis.

The bar opens at 6.30 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm. 
Events last 1½ hours.