Between Fall 2008 and Spring 2009, Witte de With organized three symposia under the title Rotterdam Dialogues
, subtitled in turn The Critics, The Curators, The Artists
. Each event focused on one agent in the art world, looking at their expectations, positions and the contexts in which they operate. The speakers included the most sought-after names in their field, emerging talents, as well as representatives of alternative production from around the world. The sense of critical mass was palpable throughout and mounted with each symposium, yet each gathering had its own tone and its own set of concerns. The mood was dissonant, constructive and, it must be said, entertaining.
This book is a site where the voices of these three distinct cultural agents come together. If it cannot quite capture the lively excitement of 35 international critics, 48 curators and 57 artists, not to mention the 500+ visitors who attended the symposia, it can
highlight the individual spirit of many of the discussions. Contained within are selected transcripts from each symposium, the outcomes of the associated workshops, and a freewheeling section of responses to the question “What are you talking about now?” asked to all the guests in the months that followed the symposia. Their diverse reactions give a sense of the range of characters, ideas and practices that the symposia brought together. We hope that with this publication, the Rotterdam Dialogues
will travel and continue to incite further conversation.
On Wednesday 7th July, the book will be launched at Witte de With. The evening will feature an introduction by Zoë Gray, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Monika Szewczyk, followed by the screening of two films.
After The Curators
symposium, Annaïk Pitteloud and Steve Van Den Bosch created an eponymous installation comprising a looped slideshow and parallel video projection, which explores the simultaneous fragmentation and entanglement of the art world, as they witnessed it on this particular occasion.
This will be followed by the premiere of Show + Tell
, a documentary film begun during The Artists
symposium and produced by seven artists studying at the Piet Zwart Institute/Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam: Ghislain Amar, Derek Brunen, Bat Sheva Ross, Marnie Slater, Jay Tan, Selina Taylor and Sjoerd van Leeuwen, in collaboration with Hila Peleg and Angela Melitopoulos.
Witte de With Publishers www.wdw.nl
and Post Editions, Rotterdam www.post-editions.com
Editors: Zoe Gray, Miriam Kathrein, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Monika Szewczyk, Ariadne Urlus
Design: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht
English, 272 pages, illustrated, soft cover
Transcripts featuring*: Tim Griffin & Edgar Schmitz; Sina Najafi, Sven Lutticken, Dieter Roelstraete; Mark Rappolt, Judy Freya Sibayan, Ho Tzu Nyen, Koen Kleijn; the workshop led by Melissa Gronlund; Bart De Baere, Hou Hanru, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Adam Budak; Kitty Scott & Seth Siegelaub; Enrico Lunghi, Nicolas Bourriaud, Beatrix Ruf, Paul O’Neill; Ann Demeester & Jan Hoet; the workshop led by Raimundas Malasauskas; Piero Golia, Sarah Morris, Pierre Bismuth; Jimmy Robert, Danai Anesiadou, Spartacus Chetwynd, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Doug Fishbone; Willem de Rooj & Jeff Wall; and the workshop led by Judy Radul.
What are you talking about now?*
: Rainer Ganahl, Gerardo Mosquera, Pablo León de la Barra, Oswaldo Maciá, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Nicoline van Harskamp, Sarah Morris, Pierre Bismuth, Piero Golia, Olaf Nicolai, Gabriel Lester, Diedrich Diederichsen, Nedko Solakov, Andrew Berardini, Paul O’Neill, Kendell Geers, Pelin Tan, Jens Hoffmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rein Wolfs, Emmanuel Lambion, Judy Freya Sibayan, Doug Fishbone, Mark Boulos, Luis Jacob, Richard Hutten, Jan de Cock, The Salford Restoration Office, Josephine Meckseper, Plamen Dejanoff, Petr Bystrov, Dieter Roelstraete, Bik Van der Pol, Ulrike Ottinger.
[*in order of appearance]
was supported by Mondriaan Foundation, VSB fonds and SNS REAAL Fonds. This book was supported by IB MUKK, Austria.