Peter Osborne - 'To Each Present its Own Prehistory: The Fiction of the Contemporary'


This talk is concerned, first, with the idea of ‘the contemporary’, and second, with the demands this idea imposes on art today, under the conditions of a tendentially global transnationalism. It will conclude with some reflections the convergence and mutual conditioning of historical transformations in the ontology of the artwork and the social relations of art space.

There are two texts suggested by Peter Osborne as an introduction to this lecture: ‘Time and the Artwork’ and ‘Non-places and the Spaces of Art’, digital copies can be requested on the Contact area of this website.

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