Sex sells is more than just a cliché: feminist art productions in the USA of the 1980s clearly reveal the economic conditions of hegemonic models of sexuality and gender. Situated in the historical context of the controversies surrounding pornography and a critique of conventions of representation in commercial mass media, artistic approaches open up their own perspectives on the aesthetics of social processes of signification.
The lecture and book explore the question of how desire is called upon as an interface of these discourses, especially in the environment of appropriation art. Against the background of postmodern cultural theory and consumer critique, appropriations refer to normative constructions of difference, social attributions of value, and the formal conflicts of repetition.
Susanne Huber works as a researcher for Art Studies/Art History with a focus on feminist, queer, and postcolonial theories and topics. She obtained her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin with a study on Lutz Bacher, Sarah Charlesworth, and Barbara Bloom. Her recent book “Vom Konsum des Begehrens. Appropriation Art, Sex Wars und ein postmoderner Bilderstreit” was published by De Gruyter in 2022. After teaching in Berlin, Halle, and Zurich she currently holds a position at Bremen University.
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In collaboration with Mariann Steegmann Institut. Kunst & Gender
This programme is part of publics&publishings, a collaborative project between GAK, Künstlerhaus Bremen as well as Kunsthalle and Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven, which is being developed as part of “dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.