Terms and Conditions. The Legal Form of Images

An artistic research project in cooperation with the Harun Farocki Institute, Berlin with students of the HGB, including the Expanded Cinema Class and the Photography and Media Class

Public seminar as starting point

10.04.2024, 3.30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
With an introduction by Tom Holert (Harun Farocki Institut, Berlin) and Doreen Mende (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and HaFI) and comments by the legal scholars Gwinyai Machona and Daria Bayer as well as Mareike Bernien, Ilse Lafer, Ines Schaber, Clemens von Wedemeyer (all HGB)

11.04.2024, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m
With artist duo titre provisoire (Cathleen Schuster/Marcel Dickhage) in conversation with Renan Laru-an (researcher, curator and artistic director of Savvy Contemporary Art)

For four weeks, the hgb gallery will become a place of artistic research with students from the HGB, the Expanded Cinema class and the Photography and Media class. The project, which combines a seminar with a (semi-)public forum, will run for two semesters and will be supervised by Mareike Bernien, Ines Schaber and Clemens von Wedemeyer. Participation in the artistic research project is open to interested students (write to: terms-conditions@hgb-leipzig.de).
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Spatial concept: Tobi Fabek, Adrian Lück, Hagen Tanneberger
Graphic design: Kathi Siebenhandl, Leonard Siegwardt

Initiated by the Harun Farocki Institute, Berlin, the project will inquire the legal and paralegal frameworks which increasingly inform the contemporary art culture. From state legislations to corporate regulations, from intellectual property and copyright to privacy issues, the operations of the law permeate the fields of art and visual culture.

Long disavowed by cultural producers and their audiences alike, attention to these very frameworks is currently on the rise among practitioners. "Terms and Conditions. The Legal Form of Images" sets out to engage with this new work by artists, filmmakers, and scholars at the intersections of the audiovisual and the law.

A principal aim of the collaborative project is to foster general legal literacy in the realm of contemporary image culture—an ability to comprehend the juridical matrix in which images (here understood in a broad sense, i.e. exceeding visual representations) are embedded.

The range of topics comprised by "Terms and Conditions" pertains to the infrastructures and mechanisms governing the visibility (and invisibility) of images in the face of the law, the utilization of audiovisual media in law enforcement, court proceedings, and other legal contexts, the impact of technological developments (digitization, AI) on the language of visual forms, and the legacy of colonial laws as well as the challenge of decolonial legal concepts.

The diverse intersections of law and image ask for a multidisciplinary understanding, and demand the emergence of new actors capable of both enforcing and critically assessing these legal structures. At the core of this constellation of issues sits the tension between social struggles and the law, which has intensified alongside the crisis of the regime of truth that structured Western ideas of enlightenment, liberalism and democracy.

The project will be developed together with artists, filmmakers, art historians, legal scholars, and media theorists in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB), departments of film and media studies (EMW, Potsdam; UZH, Zurich), the Berlin Artistic Research Programme (BFKF, Berlin), Arsenal. Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin, the Locarno Film Festival, and various exhibition venues in Leipzig and Dresden.

Financed by funds of the Harun Farocki Institute, Berlin and by public funds allocated by the members of the Saxon State Parliament

The gallery of the Academy of Fine Art sees itself as a membrane between the interior and exterior of the institution. The gallery's aim is to supplement and extend both the teaching contents and practices of the various departments as well as making a contribution to current inquiries in the arts, thereby establishing connections between internal and external discussions and - being situated in the centre of the academy - offering a social and discursive place for carrying out such debates. In the framework of the academy's specific capabilities, the gallery affords students, lecturers, invited artists, curators and theoreticians an experimental and reflective form of exhibition practice that can incorporate, beyond the presentations themselves, the active involvement with the exhibition and the reworking and reformulating discursive material.