Daniel Birnbaum

Vortrag
Daniel Birnbaum: Too Early, Too Late: Freud, Duchamp, af Klint
Dienstag,  20. Juni 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

Late Arrivals. A certain kind of delay seems to be part of Hilma af Klint’s art, something she planned meticulously. She limited her exchange to a tight group of clairvoyants hiding in a studio far up in northern Europe and wrote a testament that produced further deferments. In other words, her version abstraction had no public exchange. Her art if one of late arrivals.

Compare this to another master of delays: it has been argued that we can properly understand the ‘Duchamp effect’ only in terms of the temporality of trauma. Avant-garde art, and not only that of Duchamp – the creator of a legendary ’delay in glass’ – was never historically effective or fully significant in its initial incarnation, because it constituted a traumatic break with the past and, as trauma, can be comprehended only through repetition and delay. Freud described this temporal phenomenon as “deferred action.” The traumatic event is never perceived as present, as something happening right now, but registered only after the fact, according to a rule of necessary delay.

We all know that the temporality of art isn’t linear but characterized by precisely these sorts of repetitions and syncopations, detours, and delays. Sometimes they real revolutions in art remain invisible until they are long over, and the subterranean shock waves can travel for generations.

Daniel Birnbaum is the director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Professor of Philosophy at the Städelschule which he was directing from 2000–2010.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Michael Dean

Vortrag
Michael Dean
Donnerstag, 22. Juni 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

Ausstellungseröffnung
Michael Dean: Teaxths and Angeruage
Freitag, 30. Juni 2017, 19h, Portikus

Alongside his work in sculpture, a core element of Michael Dean’s production is his work in text. Each of the British artist’s sculptures evolve from intimate and observational texts that accompany and typographically envelop the sculpture and regularly assume a live dimension. Thick books of writings are found among the sculptures in his exhibitions, their texts partly representing the starting point of his work and partly inviting interrogation of the sculpture within something of a vocabularic, suggestive mechanism or framework.

In his lecture at Städelschule Michael Dean will talk about his work as well as his latest installation as part of Skulptur Projekte Münster and his upcoming exhibition at Portikus, titled Teaxths and Angeruage.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Laurence Rickels: All You Vampires

Vortrag
Laurence Rickels: All You Vampires
Mittwoch, 21. Juni 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

The contest at the start of the new millennium between identification with the undead and thrill-a-kill consumerism of the living dead separates out the science fiction of a vampirism epidemic in Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. The application of science fiction in the US reception of modern vampirism, which was largely introduced through Browning’s Dracula, contributed to the rise of the modern movie zombie out of the massification of undeath. Along the track of sole survival, the last human and the vampire are conjoined in mourning.

Gotthard Günther pursued a metaphysics of science fiction according to which the new world was the staging area, in preparation since the age of discovery, for a civilization that would be planetary going on interplanetary. According to Günther, both the zombie and, interchangeably, the mechanical brain signal a new American way of death that cuts loose from the metaphysics of the regional civilizations (last seen in Europe). In rehearsal since Hamlet the intergalactic civilization to come must carry forward to the final frontier of living death mourning’s secular import, which counts down between first and second deaths.

Laurence Arthur Rickels (b. 1954) is a psychotherapist, theorist, and literary scholar, who taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (German and Comparative Literature) for thirty years. He is the Sigmund Freud professor of philosophy and media at The European Graduate School / EGS and emeritus professor not only at the University of California but also at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, where he served six years as professor of Kunst und Theorie (Klaus Theweleits successor). Recently he was appointed as the Eberhard Berent Visiting Professor and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University for the spring 2018 semester.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Johan Bettum: Grammar of the Ineffable. The Subject

Vortrag Architektur Klasse
Johan Bettum: Grammar of the Ineffable. The Subject
Mittwoch, 14. Juni 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

The history of architecture appears largely as the history of form: Decorated and non-decorated form, the form of decoration itself, tectonic form - to mention just some of its historical variants. And of recently there has emerged a renewed interest in architectural form predicated by a philosophical enquiry into the status of the object. In extension of so-called “object oriented ontology” or “speculative realism,” architecture entertains an interest in “weird” realism and “strange” objects, which soon also includes “strange” forms.

However, any version of architectural form is only one part of the story; its assumed converse, space, being the other. While contemplating or entering architectural form, we occupy space. Yet, its nature remains as evasive as it was when our contemporary notion of space first emerged in architectural theory at the end of the nineteenth century.

This lecture traces our architectural notion of space back to this origin, in the process contextualising it relative to the problem of form and - indirectly - formalism in architectural design. It positions our idea of space in a copious context, so fully saturated with information and matter that the design space, the space in which we work, is full to overflowing with input, opportunities but also responsibilities. This saturated space is at once both a material and immaterial phenomenon.

The lecture pursues - perhaps in vain - a hidden structure underlying our experience of spatial constructs. It does so by briefly discussing three art works and a few architectural projects to suggest that architecture may be understood in a choreographic sense. That is, by spatially situating a double subject - that is, the architect designer as well as the experiencing subject - relative to architectural form, architecture emerges as, to paraphrase the dancer and choreographer William Forsythe, ‘a choreographic object.’ In consequence, aiming to loosely define a spatial paradigm based on the notion of choreography in saturated space, the subject appears compelled to move and be moved in space, as if caught in a dense meshwork of information and matter, of input and output.

Johan Bettum is a professor of architecture and the program director of the Städelschule Architecture Class.

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Albert Oehlen: Dr Ö and the three million ???

Ringvorlesung Institut für Kunstkritik:
Do it yourself. Deskilling and Reskilling in the Digital Techno Age

Albert Oehlen: Dr Ö and the three million ???
Montag, 12. Juni 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

The lecture takes place within the frame work of the lectures-series, which is conceptualized by Isabelle Graw and revolves around the question of artistic skills in a digital world. What do they actually consist of? While it always mattered how an artist performs herself since the Modern Age, it seems that the „Auftritt des Künstlers“ (Beatrice von Bismarck), namely, her public staging of herself, has become increasingly important in a Media Society. Has the modeling of her „personality“ turned into a skill that is required from her? Or should one rather argue that artistic practices still represent other competences, attitudes and ways of life that question the ideal of an entrepreneurial self? What have traditional skills been replaced by?

It seems that the deskilling of the arts that is usually associated with the „Duchamp-effect“ and post war practices allowed for a reskilling that is currently quite popular in the artworld. Is it a historical necessity that deskilling entails reskilling? Historically speaking, „deskilling“ was a male privilege in the 1950´s and 1960´s. Many male artists opted for anti-subjective aleatory procedures that rejected skills, whereas women artists practiced another form of deskilling in the 1970´s by reintroducing formerly devaluated, „female skills“ into their work. Could one argue, at least in retrospect, that it is precisely these lower or soft skills associated with the sphere of reproduction that are have risen to the status of a valuable resource in our New Economy?

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Michael Young: Close Attention

Vortrag Architektur Klasse
Michael Young: Close Attention
Donnerstag, 2. Juni 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

One of the responsibilities of the discipline of architecture concerns the aesthetics of the background of reality. Architecture designs the objects and atmospheres that we typically engaged habitually in a state of distraction. This background of the everyday is typically what an architecture of novelty seeks to destroy through the introduction of a strong formal difference between the new and old. But, what if the more political position was to estrange the background. Such a project would require a different aesthetic focus, less attuned to a "close reading" than to thresholds of interest that spark "close attention".

In this lecture, historical examples in art, architecture, and cinema will be discussed in relation to the recent work of his architectural practice.

Michael Young is an architect and educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Young & Ayata were awarded a Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record for 2016. In 2015 they received a first place prize to design the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. In 2014 they received the Young Architects Prize from the Architectural League of New York, and were finalists for the MoMA Young Architects Program at the Istanbul Modern.

Michael is currently an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union. In the Fall of 2016 he was the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University. He has previously taught design studios and seminars at Princeton, SCI-Arc, Yale, Columbia, Syracuse, Pratt, Cornell and Innsbruck University. His work has been exhibited recently in New York, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Istanbul, Milan, Chicago, Barcelona, and Princeton. Michael received his Master's Degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén Gª Grinda: Macronic

Vortrag Architektur Klasse
Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén Gª Grinda: Macronic
Freitag, 26. Mai 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

The lecture will verse about the articulation of new architectural vocabularies and formations coherent with the actual technological, social and cultural scenarios and a visit to AMID.cero9 recent projects. In this unprecedented global context, where every type of cultural material triggers a wild multiplicity of connections with other materials, things and situations, from people to machines to insignificant, abstract entities, the overall congruence, origin, connotations and meanings of these connections are no longer relevant to the way these materials are connected and what counts now is the universal instant access to this infinite ocean of information. The lecture will revisit the historical concepts of Third Natures and Macaronic Heteroglossia as renewed concepts capable to condense amid.cero9 recent proposals based in a both critical and optimist disciplinary attitude

amid.cero9 cultivates an afterpop approach to the contemporary notion of space that enlists sociology, technology, media, politics and representation in projects ranging from architecture (Cherry Blossom Pavilion in Jerte Valley, Spain, shown at the 12th Biennale di Venezia, Giner de los Ríos Foundation in Madrid, Diagonal80 Industrial Pavillion in Madrid) to design (ESA Pavillion), ecosystemic studies (The Magic Mountain in Ames, We as a plague in Rome, TRP in Venice) and hybrid urban projects (Aijalaranta in Jyväskylä, or Hhouse in Balearic Islands).

Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efren Gª Grinda are both architects and founders of amid.cero9. They are Guest Professors at SAC Städelschule Architectural Class, since 2016, Directors of an Option Studio at the GSD, Harvard University (2015-) and Diploma Unit Masters at the A.A. School, London (2009-). Previously they taught at the Institut für Kunst und Architektur Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. While teaching together in Madrid from 1998 till 2013 (in parallel at ETSAM and ESAYA UEM) they have been visiting professors and lecturers throughout Europe, Asia and the US. Their projects have been widely disseminated and they have won more than 40 prizes in national and international competitions. Their projects and writings of the last fifteen years were documented in 2014 in a publication entitled “Third Natures, a Micropedia” and an exhibition at the AA, London. 

Recent projects include Golden Balloon for MOT Tokyo, Palm Pavillion for Sharjah, United Emirates and Giner de los Ríos Foundation, the famous Institucion Libre de Enseñanza, Madrid.

Recently a monographic issue about their works have been published in El Croquis nº184.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Dario Gamboni: Ein Radioapparat im Empire-Stil: Reflektierte Konservierung der Vergangenheit in Künstler- und Sammlermuseen

Vortrag Curatorial Studies
Dario Gamboni: Ein Radioapparat im Empire-Stil: Reflektierte Konservierung der Vergangenheit in Künstler- und Sammlermuseen
Mittwoch, 31. Mai 2017, 18 Uhr, Campus Westend, IG-Farben-Haus, IG 411

Konservierung gehört zu den Aufgaben der meisten Museen und schließt allmählich die Geschichte und Substanz der Museen selbst mit ein, ihre Präsentation der Sammlungen und ihre Architektur. Daraus resultiert eine Spannung zwischen der Anpassung an sich stets verändernden Umständen und Erwartungen einerseits, Kontinuität und Selbstreflexivität andererseits. Vieles kann in diesem Kontext aus der Betrachtung von Künstler- und Sammlermuseen gewonnen werden, die sich ein unverändertes Weiterleben als Ziel geben und die Erinnerung an ihre Gründer, die Erhaltung von Kunst und Kultur erfinderisch und manchmal humorvoll pflegen.

Dario Gamboni is professor of art history at the Université de Genève. He is a honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France, Meret Oppenheim Prize 2006, and was a Fellow at CASVA, the Henry Moore Institute, and the Clark Art Institute. He has been a guest professor at the universities of Buenos Aires, Freiburg, Frankfurt, Mexico, New Delhi (JNU), Sao Paulo, Strasbourg and Tokyo, and at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has curated and co-curated exhibitions, among which Iconoclash and Making Things Public in Karlsruhe (ZKM) and Une image peut en cacher une autre in Paris (Grand Palais). His publications include The Destruction of Art: Iconoclasm and Vandalism since the French Revolution (New Haven/London 1997), Potential Images: Ambiguity and Indeterminacy in Modern Art (London 2002), The Brush and The Pen: Odilon Redon and Literature (Chicago/London 2011), and Paul Gauguin: The “Mysterious Centre of Thought” (French edn Dijon 2013, English edn London 2014).

Der Vortrag findet in deutscher Sprache statt