Dr. Brianne Cohen: Preventive Publics: The Burning Car in Thomas Hirschhorn’s Installations

Date: 21 March 2017
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Venue: Room 4.04 Run Run Shaw Tower

This talk unpacks issues of publicity and the public sphere in the oeuvre of Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, whose practiceh as been controversial for its construction of temporary “cultural centers” in lowerincome, immigrant-populated suburbs in Europe. What are the ethics behind these neighborhood installations? On a most basic level, his socially oriented pieces work to highlight the violence behind signifiers in the mass media such as the burning car clip, a reductive image that has served to stigmatize and incite fears against “foreigners” on the continent. More critically, these installations model and instantiate preventive publics … (Please click on the image to read more)