Conference at ZKM | Center for Art and Media

Conference at ZKM | Center for Art and Media

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

January 24, 2008
Conference at ZKM | Center for Art and Media

Opening: Friday, February 29, 6pm at ZKM | Foyer

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Lorenzstrasse 19

76135 Karlsruhe, Germany

phone: +49(0)721-8100-1200

[email protected]

further information:

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 materials: the “aesthetic” has become discursive and “discourse” has become aesthetic.

Rather than a series of academic lectures, OUR LITERAL SPEED is imagined as a kind of “media pop opera” or a “pedagogical concept album,” implying 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 discursive laboratory in which artists and curators, art historians and media theorists can investigate non-formulaic, experientially vibrant and theoretically precise responses to the modes of distribution, consumption and circulation that drive contemporary art.

OUR LITERAL SPEED will be continued with further conference-events at the University of Chicago (2009), and at The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2010).

In cooperation with the University of Chicago and The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

With: Art & Language, Walter Benjamin, John Bock, Tania Bruguera & The Weather Underground, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Anthony Cokes, Darby English, Andrea Fraser, Rainer Ganahl, Boris Groys, Charles Harrison, Sharon Hayes, Christopher P. Heuer, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Jackson Pollock Bar, David Joselit, Juliet Koss, Miwon Kwon, Porter McCray, WJT Mitchell, Hila Peleg Andrew Perchuk, The Project for the New American Century, Tino Sehgal, The Size Queens, Anton Vidokle, Anne M. Wagner, Peter Weibel

Conference Program:

Friday, February 29

6pm: Opening at the ZKM | Foyer

6:30pm: Jackson Pollock Bar: “Utopia Station 2003″

7:30pm: video screening

Hila Peleg: “A Crime Against Art”, 2007 based on “The Trial”, Anton Vidokle & Tirdad Zolghadr, unitednationsplazastudios with an introduction by Hila Peleg

Saturday, March 1

10am: On the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’

Juliet Koss: “Total Utopia”

Anthony Cokes & Andrew Perchuk: “Shrinking Criticism: Reframing ‘pause Coda: (Hidden Track)’ 2004″

Porter McCray: “MoMA and International Program”, produced by the Museum of American Art

Christopher P. Heuer & Matthew Jesse Jackson: “OUR LITERAL SPEED”

lunch break

1:30pm Art & Language: “NOT QUITE THE BELACQUA POSE — A Talk in Three Voices”

panel discussion with Art & Language, Anthony Cokes, Juliet Koss, Christopher P. Heuer, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Porter McCray

3pm: Tino Sehgal & Peter Weibel: “A Conversation on the Relationship of ‘Art and Economy’”

4pm: Performativity and the Political

Peter Weibel: “Performativity and the Political”

Tania Bruguera & The Weather Underground: “I do not want to see that at my Breakfast Table”

Julia Bryan-Wilson: “Sincerely Yours, Sharon Hayes”

Sharon Hayes: “Sound-Image”


8pm: Jackson Pollock Bar: “Art & Language Sings a Song”

9pm: Rainer Ganahl: “Educational Complex”

10pm: video screening

John Bock: “Palms”, 2007

Boris Groys: “The Immortal Bodies”, 2007

Sunday, March 2

10am: Formalism/Historicity/Performance I

Miwon Kwon: “No Title for Now”

Darby English: “For Puzzling Irrelevance”

David Joselit: “On Being a Readymade”

Charles Harrison: “PARTY TIME? — An illustrated talk”

panel discussion with Darby English, Charles Harrison, David Joselit moderated by Andrew Perchuk

lunch break

2pm: Formalism/Historicity/Performance II

Andrea Fraser: Video Screening

WJT Mitchell: “Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9-11 to Abu Ghraib”

Jackson Pollock Bar: “Theses on Feuerbach”

Anne M. Wagner: “Behaving Globally”

panel discussion with Jackson Pollock Bar, WJT Mitchell, Anne M. Wagner moderated by Matthew Jesse Jackson with a concluding presentation by Rainer Ganahl

end approx. 6pm

“OLSSR – OUR LITERAL SPEED SOUNDTRACK Recordings” by The Size Queens (additional tracks by Glasstown & Roman Evening)

The conference will be held in English.

Fr: admission free

Sat, Sun: (day-ticket)

Press contact:

Irina Koutoudis

phone: +49(0)721 – 8100 – 1220

fax: +49(0)721 – 8100 – 1139

e-mail: [email protected]

Image above:

Walter Benjamin, Mondrian ’63-’96, Video, 30min

Produced by The Marxist Center and SKUC Gallery, Ljubljana, 1986

Produced by TV Galerija and broadcast by Belgrad TV, 1987

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