“Introduction to Art and Culture in the Global Age”

“Introduction to Art and Culture in the Global Age” is a series of special lectures organized by the Graduate school of Global Arts. In this course we invite specialist from around the world to give lectures and workshops. This time we invite Prof. Claire Bishop, for two days.


Interventions: The Art of Political Timing

This lecture offers a historical and theoretical analysis of the “intervention” as an artistic strategy, defining it as a self-initiated and disruptive gesture in the public sphere (understood as both the streets and online). Central to the intervention is political timing, an idea that I theorize as a form of conjunctural analysis (Gramsci/ Hall), and media circulation. The first appearances of this work are in Latin America in the late 1970s, when a weakening of the dictatorships made it possible for artists to exploit public space and the media at a moment of political uncertainty. Since 2010, however, there has been a resurgence of interventions in physical space, in response to the resurgence of right-wing nationalism and in tandem with new forms of political activism and dissent (Russia, Cuba, United States). Ultimately, however, raise questions about (1) the ability of interventions to withstand the distortions of social media, (2) the inherent value of disruption and transgression now that it has been co-opted by the alt-right, and (3) the model of the artist that is privileged by interventionist art.

Date and Time:June 5(Sat) 9:00-11:00
Venue:Online(Zoom Webinar)
Guest Lecturer:Claire Bishop
Discussant:Koki Tanaka(Artist), Shinya Sugawara(Art Critic/Theory)
Introduction:Sumiko Kumakura(Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Moderator: Yoshitaka Mōri (Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Free of charge (Advanced reservation is necessary)
*Please register from the link below.
*Registration has been closed due to capacity.

*It’s also available on YouTube. (English channel only)




Claire Bishop is a critic and professor in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her books include Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso, 2012), and Radical Museology, or, What’s Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art? (Walther König, 2013). She is a Contributing Editor of Artforum, and her essays and books have been translated into twenty languages. She is currently working on two books: a short publication about Merce Cunningham’s Events, and a collection of essays about contemporary art and attention. Her most recent publication is a book of conversations with Cuban artist Tania Bruguera (Cisneros, 2020).

Organized by: Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
Enquiries:Faculty Room, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts