Event: SECAC 2020
The 19th Century concertedly investigated the commedification of art, from the
Romantic reception of Shakespeare and Baudelaire's ironic modernity to
Wilde's wit and Bergson's theory of laughter. The 20th Century continued
explorations of the subject: from the Early Modern dialogical imagination
(Bakhtin) and the Dutch comic realism (Alpers) to the Modernist commedia dell'
arte (Starobinski) and the Postmodern prankstership (Duchamp, McCarthy, and
Cattelan). Such inquiries revealed how commedification shadows crucial
political advances in history, i.e., the farcical recurrence (Marx). Despite the
mainstream recognition, its insurgent valuations persist in the loss of
authenticity (Green), the psychological economy (Freud), the cynical
enlightenment (Foucault), and the capitalist instability (Žižek).
The panel explores the commedic visual art as the practice of liberation from the
political, religious, and economic constraints, as pure creativity and redemption
of transgressive labor. Potential questions include but are not limited to: What
are the historical sources of commedification of art and its effects on the
established values and norms of art production? Does it threaten institutions of
art by opposing the commodity business? For the broadest investigation of the
topic, contributors are encouraged to address diverse genealogies of comedy
within the global cultural formations and as distinct individual expressions.
All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT on April 1, 2020. If selected to
participate in the annual conference, current SECAC membership and conference
registration are required for all presenters. Submit proposals to the secure online
submission platform, at https://secac.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/9/home.
Questions may be directed to 2020 Conference Director Carly Phinizy
For logistical assistance, contact SECAC Administrator Christine Tate