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International Symposium on the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s

Meeting in Hannover as part of a research project at Freie Universität, the Kestner Society in Hannover, and the metaLAB (at) Harvard

№ 282/2019 from Sep 27, 2019

On October 26, 2019, an international symposium dealing with the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in the 1970s will be held in Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, where the Kestner Society is based. Entitled “Tacit Knowledge. The Impact of Post Studio Concepts and Feminist Practices, CalArts 1970–77,” the symposium will focus on the long-term cooperation of the Institute of Theater Studies at Freie Universität Berlin with the Kestner Society and the metaLAB (at) Harvard. The speakers will highlight the relevance of artistic production processes at the California Institute of the Arts of the 1970s, in post studio and feminist practices. They will discuss the influence on contemporary forms of artistic research and social implications in public spaces and exhibition practices.

The symposium is part of the research project Tacit Knowledge. Post Studio/Feminism – CalArts (1970–77) led by Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann at the Institute of Theater Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. It concludes the exhibition Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts curated by Christina Végh and Philipp Kaiser at the Kestner Society (August 30 to November 11, 2019; Kunsthaus Graz: March 13 – June 7, 2020). The book Tacit Knowledge. Post Studio/Feminism – CalArts (1970-77) accompanies the exhibition and the symposium. It was conceived and edited by Annette Jael Lehmann in collaboration with graduate students and Verena Kittel at the Institute of Theater Studies.

During the symposium the speakers will reflect on the early years of CalArts between 1970 and 1977 and address the following questions: What impact do artistic activities or movements such as feminism have when they take place outside of educational or cultural institutions, for example, in urban space or the digital realm? Could the expansion of tacit knowledge practice and artistic research contribute to community building of diverse social groups, audiences, and interests, thereby making way for a democratization of discourse and knowledge? How could these art and knowledge-based processes of collaboration, expansion, and intervention have meaningful public impact in the global realm and for the future?


Kim Albrecht, Amelia Jones, Matt Mullican, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Markus Miessen, Ulrike Rosenbach, Jeffrey Schnapp, Beate Söntgen, Wolfgang Ullrich.


Verena Kittel (Freie Universität Berlin), Annette Jael Lehmann (Freie Universität Berlin), Christina Végh (Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover)



Admission is free. Please register by October 1, 2019:  ve.kittel@fu-berlin.de.

The symposium is being sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Time and Location

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Schloss Herrenhausen, Herrenhäuser Str. 5, 30419 Hannover; Kestner Society, Goseriede 11 / 30159 Hannover