Conceptual comics Workshop
The Conceptual Comics Workshop emphasises the directness of a subversive, marginal art form whose democratic potential depends on its ability to be criticised within itself. In the absence of passionately critical discourse in comics, the erratic insights of curatorial and publishing initiatives have failed to produce the conditions for a fluid transdisciplinarity. The workshop brings to the fore practices that are unaffiliated with the commonly accepted history of the medium. It holds that if a comics genealogy exists, can only be individual and idiosyncratic and each of the different assignments explores the very substrate of the comics medium not as a culturally neutral site, but as a way to build alternative historiographies, replete with their own material properties and signifying potential. By arguing and reclaiming the unlocatedness of conceptual comics, entrenched between more respected form of expression, such as poetry, artist books or contemporary art, we will explore issues of legitimacy and ask: In which language may one describe artistic practices that swear fealty to no single history, no major canons and established critical methodologies? And how can one describe the unfixed substances of a subcultural production negotiating linguistic and extralinguistic meanings in a globalised world, other than as realms of affects, potentials and strategies?