Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven: ‘Some Sort of Manifesto’, 2016-17

Vortrag
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven: ‘Some Sort of Manifesto’, 2016-17
Donnerstag, 14. Februar 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

In opposition to the arbitrary, which is the origin of every written and spoken language, I have placed the unspoken, the mystic. From dispair to ecstasy, that is what the mystic is about now. This is the all-devouring lust for life and love. Unification, not feeling separated from the rest. No ego, no boundaries. Creation becomes one with its creator. I call it the analogue. The analogue versus the arbitrary. The analogue is ritual, evil, mystery, desire, yearning, lust, while the digital is control, technology, sublimation, dependence, cleanliness, transparency. The analogue plus the digital is what humans are about: perspective.

Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven (*1951, Antwerpen/BE) lives and works in Antwerpen.
Working across historical boundaries and artistic disciplines, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven explores different ways of describing the world, which she locates between the antitheses of eros and ratio. In terms of content, this is linked on the one hand to concepts of the sexualized female body, and on the other to a technoid algorithmic logic; formally, this tension manifests itself in both computer-generated and hand-drawn images.

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Portikus Eröffnung: Moyra Davey: Hell Notes

Portikus Eröffnung

Moyra Davey: Hell Notes
09.12.2017–28.01.2018
Eröffnung / Opening: 08.12.2017, 19h

Deutsch: http://www.portikus.de/de/exhibitions/210_hell_notes

Portikus is pleased to announce the exhibition "Hell Notes" by Canadian artist Moyra Davey, her first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. Davey works as a photographer and author, and over the last several years has created work that combines the two fields. One must also consider her a reader who, as an intellectual artist, similar to an academic scholar, researches, scrutinizes and integrates writings into her works. In this sense, she equates taking photographs that capture her surroundings, with writing notes while reading. Since the late 1980s, Davey has created a number of photographic series dealing with everyday motifs in her environment. These include serial shots of New York City newsstands, empty whiskey bottles, scenes from cafés or libraries, shots of people on the subway, and ever-more reduced images of her apartment.

While Davey presented new photographic and film works at the recently ended documenta14 in Athens and Kassel, the exhibition at Portikus features an older work: the film after which the exhibition is named, "Hell Notes" (1990). Shown only once in 1991 at a screening at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York, the film is complemented by the photographic series "Copperheads" (1990-ongoing).

The "Copperheads" are photographic reproductions of Abraham Lincoln’s (1809-1865) profile on the American one-cent coin. These are macro photos; very enlarged depictions of the former American president on the lowest-value coin in the US. This ongoing work emerged in a time of political upheaval, marked by the American financial crisis of the 1980s, as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the concomitant media-celebrated end of communism. Minted on a coin, the face of Abraham Lincoln as a symbol of freedom is a commentary on developments pertaining to the idea of ​​freedom after the end of the Cold War.

Although "Copperheads" began in the 1990s, the work, consisting of hundreds of images is more relevant today than ever before. The sheer quantity of photographs of different penny coins underlines their actual use as a means of payment, passed hand to hand and covered with countless traces of use. Their surfaces vary – sometimes notched, scarred, tarnished or rusted – making them reminiscent of aerial photographs of deserted, unknown terrains. As an analysis and at the same time fascinated by the psychology of money, Davey wrote in 2010:

"When I began collecting pennies for the Copperhead series, I’d just moved to NY, had no money and was thinking a lot about the psychology of money: Freudian ideas that equate money with excrement; the Potlatch custom of shaming a rival with extravagant gifts; profiles of 19th century misers; and one famous counterfeiter."

The "Copperheads" are a direct manifestation of her work on the film "Hell Notes" (1990), a 26-minute work shot on Super-8. In principle, within the film Davey develops theories on the nature of money. We see images from New York in the late 1980s, learn about the skyscrapers that characterize Wall Street and hear background information about the bedrock in Central Park and the construction of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. At the center of the film is the artist herself, sitting on a park bench talking about money and feces, the devil and hell. Somehow humorous and yet serious, she draws a long line from the Reformation and the Indulgences to links between money and religion.

The exhibition and the film "Hell Notes" at Portikus is a psychoanalytic exploration of currency and value, materiality and function. The older works presented here aim to provide an introduction to the work of Moyra Davey, which has grown in size and complexity over the years. In times of increasing acceleration of art production and mediation, the exhibition allows a concentrated focus on a specific work that, despite the year it began decades ago, is relevant still.

The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of Canada in Germany.

The exhibition "Hell Notes" by Moyra Davey is co­-produced in collaboration with Bielefelder Kunstverein, where her work will be on view in early 2018.

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Moyra Davey: Artist Talk

Vortrag
Moyra Davey: Artist Talk
Donnerstag, 7. Dezember 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

Moyra Davey works as a photographer and author and over the last few years has created a work that combines the two fields. One must also consider her as a reader who, as an intellectual artist, similar to an academic scholar, researches, scrutinizes, and integrates writings into her works and negotiates them. In this sense, she equates taking photographs as capturing her surroundings with writing notes while reading.

The artist talk will accompany her exhibition at Portikus titled Hell Notes, which will open on Friday, Dec 8 at 19h.

Moyra Davey was born in Toronto in 1958. She earned a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 1982, and an MFA from the University of California San Diego in 1988. In 1989, she attended the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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A.L. Steiner: Difficult Thoughts / Schwierige Gedanken

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A.L. Steiner: Difficult Thoughts /  Schwierige Gedanken
Mittwoch, 6. December 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

Humans are committing omnicide, proselytized globally via Western notions of extraction, exploitation and finance crapital. Our Enlightenment-tinged operational institutions have wreaked havoc, yet convince us daily that they will, in fact, resolve this myriad of current irresolvable human conditions.

These institutions have instilled within us the annihilating mechanism of value, relying on the failed irrationality of human supremacy. This silly dogma of homo economicus externalizes all that is non-human in this world-for-us. It's crystal clear that the interrelation of planetary life forms has been lost on what we call the contemporary. Reason: unknown. As stated in 2005 by Oren R. Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, "What you call resources, we call our relatives". We will discuss together.

A.L. Steiner utilizes constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, performance, writing and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a skeptical queer ecofeminist androgyne. Steiner is co-curator of Ridykeulous, co-founder of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), a collective member of Chicks on Speed, and collaborates with numerous writers, performers, designers, activists and artists. She is MFA Faculty in Visual Arts at Bard College, Yale University and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is based in Los Angeles and New York.

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Sophie von Hellermann: The Drama Continues

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Sophie von Hellermann: The Drama Continues
Mittwoch, 29. November 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

Sophie von Hellermann is known for her large scale canvases in pastel palettes, often presented in elaborate installations. The chosen title of her lecture The Drama Continues refers to the stories that her paintings tell, which often emerge out of the serial and narrative sequence of her installations. The lecture will thus be discussing possible problems of narrative figurative painting and qua examples shed light on the different ways of approaching these.

Sophie von Hellermann was born in 1975 in Munich. She received her BFA from Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf and an MFA from Royal College of Art, London. Selected solo exhibitions include: Sophie von Hellermann at Office Baroque, Brussels (2017); After a Fashion– A Play with Fire at Vilma Gold, London (2015); Novel Ways at Greene Naftali, New York (2013); Elephant in the Room at Firstsite, Colchester (2013). She lives and works in London and Margate.

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Heman Chong: Ifs, Ands, or Buts

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Heman Chong: Ifs, Ands, or Buts
Dienstag, 5. Dezember, 19 Uhr, Aula

"This lecture begins with a work that I didn’t make (it was an accident) and ends with a performance involving sentences I didn’t write (other artists did). In between, I would like to discuss a number of things that has passed through my eyes, hands and mind that have become a substantial part of what most people consider a part of my work; novels, bookshops, libraries, trees, calendars, postcards, words, stories, situations, exhibitions, time, texts, magazines, conferences, memories, translations, rumours, relationships, resistance, speech, secrets, distributions, bridges. This discussion will take place via deconstructing 10-15 works that I have made since 2003."

Heman Chong is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. He has recently produced a series of interconnected exhibitions located in Art Sonje Center (Never, A Dull Moment, Seoul, 2015), South London Gallery (An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, London, 2015) and Rockbund Art Museum (Ifs, Ands, Or Buts, Shanghai, 2016). He is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of ‘The Library of Unread Books’ which has been installed in NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila and is currently installed in Casco Projects, Utrecht. He is currently working on a novel ‘The Book of Drafts’ which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.

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Pablo Larios: Lording Limit

Vortrag
Pablo Larios: Lording Limit
Dienstag, 14. November, 19 Uhr, Aula

The Lords of Limit, training dark and light
And setting a tabu ‘twixt left and right,

– W. H. Auden, ‘The Watchers’ (1932)

However we define its borders, art has become a place for doing and making things that aren’t always possible in other fields. Film, theatre, music, poetry, academic research and political activism have found their way into contemporary art. The field has reconfigured itself beyond narrow art historical canons and shed many of the values that underpin traditional hermeneutic and critical models.

What does this mean for criticism, teaching, curating and making art? Seen positively, multidisciplinarity is evidence of contemporary art’s capaciousness, inclusiveness and variety. Yet increasingly, contemporary art is derided as a site of disciplinary impingement, capitalist or neoliberal subsumption, cultural appropriation and even political transgression. What are art’s limits and who draws that line? In his talk, Larios will discuss recent encounters between contemporary art and poetry, tech and activism.

Pablo Larios is a writer and associate editor of frieze magazine based in Berlin.

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