“Depression” conventionally refers to two different phenomena: to the individual state of mind and to collective conditions such as economic crises. Since the Renaissance, each of them yielded their own visual languages and performances in the arts. With today’s entrepreneurship of the self, the two states seem to have converged. The fall of the wall, the 1990s dotcom boom and bust, the global financial crisis suggest that cycles of euphoria and depression have become collective and hyper-individualized at the same time. This lecture will be admittedly speculative, and focus on actionist and experimental arts of the last two decades.
Rupert Centre for Art and Education, Vaidilutės g. 79, Vilnius 10100, Litouwen