HRZZ IPS-2020-01-3992 Models and Practices of Global Cultural Exchange and the Non-aligned Movement: research on spatio-temporal cultural dynamics

Grant holder: Institute of Art History
Duration:  October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2023
EIZ memberPaul Stubbs
The project focused on research on the models of international cultural exchange after the 1960s. The hypothesis was that accelerated decolonization processes taking place in that decade, framed by the articulation of cultural needs and the cultural policies of African, Asian and Latin American countries, recently liberated from colonial government, resulted in new institutional mechanisms and new cultural exchange models/practices that radically disrupted the dynamics of the global cultural and artistic field. Such perspective challenged the notion of ​​chronological, linear flows of dominant cultural, artistic and political narratives.
Along with the change in the dynamics and institutional configuration of the global cultural field, models of cultural translation were also modified. These changes were documented through a comparative analysis of cultural policies, organizational methods, types and media formats of cultural exchange among the countries of the Eastern Bloc, Western Europe, USA and the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (Yugoslavia, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana, India, Cuba, etc.). We thereby particularly addressed the demands of the 1960s and 1970s for ethnic, racial, and gender emancipation, articulated in the field of visual culture and arts, and ways of their mediation through official cultural exchange programs.
Given that the project focused on transnational, global circulation of objects, persons, and ideas, its second important objective was to develop experimental, innovative digital interfaces for dynamic representations of causal relationships between data, and for multidimensional network visualizations that, owing to an immediate 'immersive' experience of being 'in the data', influenced how we operated with them and the ways in which we understood their cognitive value. 

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