OUR LITERAL SPEED: events in the vicinity of art and history

OUR LITERAL SPEED: events in the vicinity of art and history

University of Illinois Chicago

April 17, 2009
OUR LITERAL SPEED: events in the vicinity of art and history



events in the vicinity of art and history


A Live Pedagogical Concept Album 30 April – 2 May 2009

The University of Chicago, Art Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Illinois at Chicago, The Renaissance Society, and The Smart Museum of Art

with appearances by

Peter Weibel, Anne M. Wagner, Joel Snyder, The Size Queens, Walid Raad, Andrew Perchuk, WJT Mitchell, Janice Misurell-Mitchell, Christine Mehring, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Juliet Koss, Alison Knowles, David Joselit, Jackson Pollock Bar, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Hannah B Higgins, Christopher P. Heuer, Sharon Hayes, Charles Harrison, Boris Groys, Theaster Gates, Rainer Ganahl, Andrea Fraser, Hal Foster, Darby English, Alexander Dumbadze, Bernardine Dohrn, Thomas Crow, Tony Cokes, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Tania Bruguera, Gregg Bordowitz, Bill Ayers, Art & Language

Accompanying Exhibition, Gallery 400, The University of Illinois at Chicago

1 May – 4 July 2009


Academy Records, Gregg Bordowitz, Rainer Ganahl, Sharon Hayes, Jackson Pollock Bar, Hila Peleg, The Project for the New American Century, and The Size Queens

On and around May Day, in Chicago, this conference/event will serve as a reconstitution and rearticulation of an initial conference/event held in 2008 at the ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. A final conference/event will take place at the Getty Center, Los Angeles in 2010. http://www.ourliteralspeed.com

OUR LITERAL SPEED manifests the imperatives that materialize the theoretical and the pedagogical. No longer can we interpret forms of academic and artistic professionalism as neutral, abstract backgrounds to the aesthetic and performative. These activities have produced their own distinctive surfaces and procedures: the “aesthetic” has become discursive and “discourse” has become aesthetic.

Rather than a series of academic lectures, the conference/event is imagined as a kind of “media pop opera” or “administrative gesamtkunstwerk” that includes fluid and/or jagged transitions among scholarly presentations, panel discussions, artist’s talks, performances, and an art exhibition within an academic conference. These emerging, hybrid forms demand a synthesis of collective activity (OUR), a self-reflexive examination of art history and its constitutive technologies (LITERAL), and an intense concern for the pace and texture of our movement through institutional mediation (SPEED). The project offers a temporary laboratory in which a concerned public can investigate non-formulaic, experientially vibrant and theoretically precise responses to the modes of distribution, consumption, and circulation that drive contemporary art.

Conference/Event Schedule

“Opening,” David Joselit, Thursday, 30 April, 6pm
157 Cochrane-Woods Art Center, University of Chicago

“Historicity/Geschichtlichkeit,” featuring Tony Cokes & Andrew Perchuk, Rainer Ganahl, Juliet Koss, and Eve Meltzer, Friday, 1 May, 9:30am –12:30pm, 157 Cochrane-Woods Art Center, University of Chicago

“Formalism/Formalismus,” featuring Gregg Bordowitz, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Hannah B. Higgins, Alison Knowles, and Joel Snyder, Friday, 1 May, 1:30pm – 4pm,107 Kent Hall, University of Chicago

“Art Chicago,” featuring Janice Misurell-Mitchell, Tania Bruguera with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Friday, 1 May, 6pm – 7pm, Merchandise Mart Conference Center, Art Chicago

“Exhibition,” featuring Jackson Pollock Bar, Alexander Dumbadze, and Art & Language, Friday, 1 May, Exhibition opens at 8pm/Performances begin at 8:30pm, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Performance 1,” featuring Art & Language, Darby English, Christopher P. Heuer & Matthew Jesse Jackson, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, and Walid Raad
Saturday, 2 May, 10am – 1pm, Morton Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicago

“Performance 2,” featuring Thomas Crow, Andrea Fraser, Boris Groys, Christine Mehring, and WJT Mitchell, Saturday, 2 May, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago

“Closing,” featuring Hal Foster, Theaster Gates and Anne M. Wagner, Saturday, 2 May, 7pm – 9pm, 107 Kent Hall, University of Chicago

“The inauguration of enhanced consideration of Hamza Walker’s Nothing Is Everything 2009,” Saturday, 2 May, 9pm –11pm, The Renaissance Society

“Hidden Track,” The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Saturday, 2 May, 9pm-11pm, featuring Sharon Hayes

Performed by The Size Queens

For more information go to: http://www.ourliteralspeed.com

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