[-empyre-] Process as Paradigm: Thanks

susanne jaschko sj at sujaschko.de
Tue Jun 1 23:57:23 EST 2010

Dear list members,

this has been an intense month of discussion on the list. The broad 
subject of Process as Paradigm and the processual nature of contemporary 
art and culture has revealed numerous interesting and controverse views 
that you were so generously sharing with us. I was particularly 
surprised about the debate about form vs agency (eg. generativity vs art 
with social and political impact) -- a quite familiar debate on 
principles which we did not expect in this vehemence, but with which we 
were happy since it brought up some truly passionate, authentic and 
sharp statements.

As mentioned before, I was teaching on the subject at Bauhaus University 
in Weimar, Germany, and the class observed the discussion with a lot of 
interest. The topics that we discussed in the class were as diverse as 
the ones on the list, maybe even more diverse since we also visited art 
history/process art-- which might speak for the problematic 
indeterminacy of both the subject and the terms process and processual 
on the one hand, on the other hand we were conscious and curious about 
offering a proposal for looking at contemporary art and culture from the 
perspective of the processual.

In a way it is a pity that the discussion will now come to an end, at a 
moment in which Warren Sack perfectly explained that we have not even 
started to discuss the paradigmatic shift...

We want to thank each of you for sharing your thoughts with us and the 
list. And even if the active debate on the subject will now come to a 
hold, the archive of the debate is going to be a valuable source for 
everybody who is teaching, thinking and working on the subject.

Thanks for being an active agent in the process! It was a great 
experience to have so many great minds thinking out loud.



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