Marie Rosenkranz studied communication and cultural management at Zeppelin University and European Studies at the University of Maastricht. Her master's thesis addressed the question of how artists participate in the debate on the crisis and future of democracy. After graduating in 2017, she worked for Polis180, a grassroots think tank for foreign and European policy, where she led a campaign prior to the German federal election and where she launched the cultural policy program. Since March 2018, she has worked as a project manager at the European Democracy Lab, where she also contributed to the European Balcony Project, a pan-European art performance in which around 200 theaters and cultural institutions proclaimed the European Republic. Her research interests include artistic activism, image politics, democracy and art theory.
Artistic strategies in Brexit
Ever since, artists have been reflecting on political events. For some years however, they have increasingly sought to actively intervene in political developments. With the PhD project, Marie Rosenkranz would like to analyze the concepts and strategies that artists use to intervene in politics.
She is especially interested in the question how they deal with concepts of representation and participation, and whether – especially in debates about home, the nation and Europe – they produce identification offers that are alternative to hegemonic narratives. The dissertation specifically addresses the context of the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016, in which a large number of artistic (re-)actions can be observed.
The following questions guide the analysis: How do artists and cultural workers reflect on the referendum and their own role in its outcome? How are their strategies and their artistic practices changing after the referendum? Marie Rosenkranz looks into Brexit as an object of art works and Brexit as a product of a specific cultural breeding ground, as well as into the question how it affects artistic practice. To shed light on these issues, up to ten case studies will be conducted. Discourse and image analytic approaches are brought together, as well as guided interviews and the ethnographic methods.