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What does resistance mean today? Departing from the specific role of the artist and of art, but also taking into account a broader dimension of resistance that encompasses some of the most pressing issues of today. How can we understand a form of opposition to the increasingly devastating logics of neoliberalism, state surveillance, and a complete disenfranchisement of populations with traditional forms of so-called ‘democratic politics’? Are everyday tactics and ‘revolutions in reverse’ a way of generating emancipation in the here and now?

Within the field of art there seems to be a proliferation of programmes aimed at ‘social practice’ and other sorts of community engaged art, but how can these practices become more problematized? How does art avoid becoming a quantifiable marker of social amelioration? Do boundaries need to be drawn between activism and artistic fields? Can the role of the individual and creativity themselves be pushed towards new reconfigurations? What do these questions entail for the pedagogy of art as well as the ways of imagining the exhibition of art and the processes and labour of art making? What can be the benefits or perils of generating a more trans disciplinary approach to the dialogues around resistance today? What happens to aesthetics when it becomes involved in social movements and protest? Does art become complicit in the further aestheticization of politics?

The panel consists of artist and e-flux editor Julieta Aranda, philosopher, art historian, writer, activist Lieven de Cauter, author, curator and researcher Doreen Mende and philosopher, art critic and theorist Laurent Devèze.