The Talk Show

The Talk Show

Piet Zwart Institute

Rot Sipirei, Priorities, 2016. JPEG, variable dimensions. Courtesy of Rot Sipirei.

May 30, 2016
Priorities:The Talk Show

June 3–5, 2016

Opening: June 3, 5–7pm

Piet Zwart Institute
Karel Doormanhof 45
3012 GC Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Any one of us could have done this, but we chose to do it together. We met for coffee: so, what are our priorities? We floated these words: agency, queer politics, materiality, artistic sustainability, ethics, ecology, normativity, and the position of the artist today. Priorities: The Talk Show is an exhibition and symposium initiated and produced by artists in year one of the Master of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute. We approach learning through conviviality and deep hanging out. Let’s have three days of fika! Comfortable seating doesn’t make lazy listeners. We want scholars to be present and the ignorant schoolmasters in the audience to interrupt. Questions?

We work well together. Let’s see if our works do the same. It will be a great exhibition! Featuring the artists Connie Butler, Angelica Falkeling, Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin, Anni Puolakka, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Eothen Stearn, Viktor Timofeev, and Daniel Tuomey.

Based on the format of a live TV talk show, we are hosting workshops, talks, screenings, performances and meals across several spaces in the Piet Zwart Institute. We managed to come up with some shared territories. Even if we didn’t use a voting process, the outcome seems to be the same as if we did: a bit of compromise and something for everyone. Joining us on the show with their own priorities are Florian Cramer, Egon Halfstingl, Alex Martinis Roe, Sofia Stevi, Jan Verwoert, and Louwrien Wijers.

Friday, June 3:
“Our Future Network”: Workshop on trans-generational collective politics
Led by Alex Martinis Roe

PRIORITIES exhibition opening: 5 to 7pm

Saturday, June 4:
Cooking Together/Eating Together
With Egon Halfstingl

Talk and Q and A
With Louwrien Wijers

“On Criminal Energy: and forces like hate, love or jealousy which give us a clear sense of priorities, but which are difficult to acknowledge openly and may cause us to never learn.”
Jan Verwoert

“PMS: Piet Monthly Screening”
With Erika Roux and Anni Puolakka

Sunday, June 5:
“A walk together”
With Sofia Stevi

“It might not be art but at least we can eat off it.”
Spinozist lunch

“Priorities Poetics Lesson”
With Florian Cramer

“Two Yeahs!”
Live radio broadcast and wrap-up drinks
With Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin and special guests


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