In the Middle of Affairs. Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart. 30.09.2010

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26th, 2010
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Künstlerhaus Stuttgart 1-30.10.2010
Opening on Thursday, September 30, 2010, 7pm

In the Middle of Affairs
Aesthetics of Distribution

Nairy Baghramian, Ulises Carrión, Nicolas Ceccaldi, IFP, Nina Könnemann, John Knight, Silvia Kolbowski, Louise Lawler, Hans-Christian Lotz, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville, Bonny Poon, PROVENCE, Readymades Belong to Everyone/Philippe Thomas, Udio

Curated by Egija Inzule, Tobias Kaspar and Axel J. Wieder
Reader and showcases in collaboration with Maja Wismer

The exhibition “In the Middle of Affairs” presents works, projects and documents, which share an interest in forms of distribution and alternative fields of activities for artistic practice, and investigates them as an inherent part of the production of meaning and value. The works in the exhibition consciously relate to the language of design and advertising, operate in commercial media and adopt or reflect its methods and techniques.

A series of works from the last 30 years, by artist Louise Lawler and the agency Readymades Belong to Everyone for example, are presented as historical points of reference, as well as a collection of archival material from the Paris-based collector Ghislain Mollet-Viéville. New works, partially produced specifically for the exhibition, continue and re-adjust the investigation about distribution and self-positioning.

“In the Middle of Affairs” is not only the title of the exhibition, but also describes its working method, in which one’s own involvement determines the viewing direction to enable a research in proximity of its subject. The exhibition, which has been developed together with the curator Egija Inzule and the artist Tobias Kaspar, combines different approaches and documents into a fragmentary “narrative” with changing perspective.

Events during the exhibition:

Thursday, September 30:
8.30pm: Presentness is Grace, Performance by Udio

Friday, October 1:
5pm: (Goodbye to) Manhattan (2010, 110 min.), film presentation by Ken Okiishi
7pm: Displaying footnotes, presentation by Maja Wismer
8pm: Cocktails
9pm: Bruno & Michael are smiling and Skipperrr, concert

Sunday, Oktober 31:
7pm: Lilia Prado Superstar Film Festival, Ulises Carrión 1984

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
Reuchlinstrasse 4b, D – 70178 Stuttgart
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Hours: Wed. – Sun. 3 – 7pm


Posted in Uncategorized on September 16th, 2009
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As contribution to the event framework ’Survival Kit’ Egija Inzule (LV/CH) and Maja Wismer (CH) will curate an exhibition with and about books. Focusing on the double role of books within the field of art both as self-contained aesthetic entity and as a medium of information and discourse, a selection of exhibition catalogues, artists’ books and art theory publications will be displayed.
According to the concept of ’Survival Kit’ the books will be put on view in an empty shop in the city center of Riga, becoming a temporary bookshop, with most of the books also being for sale. Furthermore the exhibtion wishes to expand into a discursive platform: lectures, presentations and performances are scheduled. A special event will focus on the Latvian art book scene.
Among the invited guests are the curator and co-founder of the Berlin based art bookstore pro qm Axel John Wieder, the Stockholm based artists’ duo Goldin+Senneby, Alexis Zavialoff from Motto distribution, Flash Institut, estonian graphic designers Indrek Sirkel and Asterisk* – a mobile bookstore. In parallel to the exhibition Zürich based graphic designers Urs Lehni and Lex Trüb will hold a workshop with students of the graphic design department of the art school in Riga. The exhibition will also host ”The most beautiful Swiss Books 2008”.
In collaboration with the LCCA the exhibtion will host the book launch of the first Latvian translation of Theodor W. Adorno’s text ’Dialectic of Enlightenment’.

Exhibition evening program:
11.09. 18:30 Axel J. Wieder (Stuttgart/Berlin)
12.09. 19:00 – 01:00 Bookstore Asterisk* (Tallinn)
13.09. 14:00 – 18:00 Bookstore Asterisk* (Tallinn)
13.09. 18:30 Indrek Sirkel (Tallinn)
14.09. 18:30 Timothy Hall (London)
15.09. 18:30 Goldin + Senneby (Stockholm)
16.09. 18:30 Alexis Zavialoff, Motto Distribution (Berlin)
17.09. 18:30 Discussion: Giants’ fight
18.09. 18:30 Mirjam Wirz, Flash Institut (Zürich, Vilnius)
19.09. 18:30 Discussion: Publishing for a small audience – rules, market, potential