The Madrid Trial

The Madrid Trial


February 12, 2007

To Whom It May Concern:

unitednationsplaza and ARCO cordially invite you to attend the Public Trial of Anton Vidokle & TIrdad Zolghadr, to take place at the 5th International Contemporary Art Experts Forum at ARCO, Madrid on Sunday, February 18th, 2007.

THE CHARGE: Collusion with the Bourgeoisie & Other Serious Accusations.

THE JUDGE: Jan Verwoert, critic and editor, Frieze magazine.

PROSECUTION TEAM: Vasif Kortun, Director, Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Chus Martinez, Director, Frankfurter Kunstverein

DEFENSE: Charles Esche, Director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven


Maria Lind, writer and curator, Director IASPIS, Stockholm;

Setareh Shahbazi, artist, Berlin;

Fia Backstrom, artist, New York;

Lourdes Fernandez, Director, ARCO, Madrid;

Dirk Herzog, artist, Berlin;

Javier Garcia Montes, critic, Madrid

Liam Gillick, artist, New York/London;

Anselm Franke, Director, Extra City, Antwerp;

and others.

The trial will begin promptly at 11:00 hrs at Suite N-108 of the 5th International Contemporary Art Experts Forum located at Feria de Madrid. Admission is free with general admission to ARCO.

The trial will be filmed under the direction of Hila Peleg, independent curator, Berlin.


11:00 – A Statement by the Accused.

11:30 – Prosecution Statement: Vasif Kortun & Chus Martinez

12:00 – Defense Statement: Charles Esche

12:30 – Expert Testimony: Maria Lind

13:00 – Expert Testimony: Fia Backstrom – Herd Instinct 360 degrees

13:30 – Expert Testimony: Liam Gillick

14:00 – Court recess (Lunch)

15:00 – Witness Testimony: Anselm Franke

15:30 – Witness Testimony: Setareh Shahbazi

16:00 – Evidence presentation: Dirk Herzog – screening of Multitudes

16:30 – Witness Testimony: Lourdes Fernndez

16:45 – Witness Testimony: Javier Garcia Montes

17:00 – Evidence Presentation: I Can’t Work Like This, Printed Project, Dublin

18:00 – Prosecution’s Closing Statement, Vasif Kortun & Chus Martinez

18:30 – Defense’ Closing Statement, Charles Esche

19:00 – Judgement deliberations, Jan Verwoert

19:30 – The Verdict, Jan Verwoert

About the Accused:

Anton Vidokle is an artist currently based in Berlin. He is the founding director of e-flux and was a co-curator of Manifesta 6.

Tirdad Zolghadr is a freelance critic and curator based in Berlin. He is also a founding member of the Shahrzad art & design collective and is shortly to publish his novel Softcore with Telegram Books, London.

unitednationsplaza is exhibition as school. Structured as a seminar/residency program in the city of Berlin, it will involve collaboration with approximately 60 artists, writers, theorists and a wide range of audiences for a period of one year. In the tradition of Free Universities, most of its events will be open to all those interested to take part. unitednationsplaza is organized by Anton Vidokle in collaboration with Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Martha Rosler, Walid Raad, Jalal Toufic, Nikolaus Hirsch, Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Tirdad Zolghadr


IFEMA – Feria de Madrid

28042 Madrid

Tel.: (34) 91 722 50 80

Fax: (34) 91 722 57 98

ARCO’07: 15 – 19 Febrero/February 2007

ARCO’08: 14 – 18 Febrero/February 2008


Platz der Vereinten Nationen 14a

Berlin 10249 Germany

T. 49 (0)30 700 89 0 90

F. 49 (0)30 700 89 0 85

For further information, please contact Magdalena Magiera:

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