en Cosmopolitics and Biopolitics . Ethics and Aesthetics in Contemporary Art (Modesta di Paola, ed.), Ediciones de la Universidad de Barcelona, 2018 (pp. 25-37)
Contents 1 Introduction: Cosmopolitical Aesthetics MODESTA DI PAOLA 2 Cosmopolitanism and global contemporary art ANNA MARIA GUASCH 3 Affect: Belonging ALPESH KANTILAL PATEL 4 The Three Janez Janšas. EMMA BRASÓ 5 The Global, the Post-Abyssal and the Cosmopolitical: Casting a Creative Post-Underdeveloped, Post-Peripheral, Tropical Eye RENATE DOHMEN 6 “(In)hospitable art. Artistic Narratives in Cosmopolitical Aesthetics MODESTA DI PAOLA 7 Placing life at the centre: towards a more-than-human cosmopolitics CHRISTIAN ALONSO Lecturers’ Biographies Acknowledgments The seed of inspirationfor this book was planted during the International Conference Art and Speculative Futures organized by the Research Groups AGI (Art, Globalization, Interculturality), AASD (Art, Architecture and Digital Society) from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Research Group Mediaccions from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), which took place at the Center Cultural Contemporáneo de Barcelona (CCCB) and at the Arts Santa Mònica from 27th to 29th October, 2016. “Session A: Cosmopolitism” was focused in the cosmopolitical approaches from the arts aim to describe the possibilities of mutual co-existence and living with difference, understanding of the creation of any political horizon that is based on the creation of sustainable relationships with otherness. So first and foremost, we thank colleagues who have participated to the Congress. This book is important because of people who have contributed to it, sharing with us their theoretical approaches and ideas about issues recently born around cosmopolitical in art. Therefore, we would like to wholeheartedly thank our contributing authors: Renate Dohem, lecturer at the The Open University of London, Emma Brasó, art historian and curator of the Royal College Art of London y Christian Alonso, a predoctoral researcher and teacher at the Department of Art History of the University of Barcelona. A special word of gratitude is for the keynotes of the Session A, Alpesh Kantial Patel, director of the MFA in Visual Arts program and an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and Ursula Biemann, artist, writer, and video essayist based in Zurich, Switzerland. They offered us interesting arguments about a new cosmopolitical aesthetic that, from within the real world, is always more closely structured in artistic practices that pursue ethical, political and biopolitical interests. We extend a heartfelt thank you to the directors who have organized the Congress, Lourdes Cirlot (Department of Art History, Universitat de Barcelona), Pau Alsina (Studies of Art and Humanities, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and Anna Maria Guasch (Department of Art History, Universitat de Barcelona), director of the Research Group AGI, whose lines of research propose to generate theoretical, historiographical and critical devices that allow contextualizing contemporary artistic practices in today's society, semantically structured around the values of identity, locality and interculturality in a global world.