How can an artwork (or its author) be one and many at the same time? / A talk by Ahmet Öğüt

How can an artwork (or its author) be one and many at the same time?
A talk by Ahmet Öğüt

Ahmet Öğüt, Jump Up!, 2022. Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje. Viewing three works—hung above eye level—selected from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, donated after the earthquake in 1963 (by David Hockney, Anna-Eva Bergman, and Victor Vasarely), with the help of trampolines.

How can an artwork (or its author) be one and many at the same time?
A talk by Ahmet Öğüt

Free admission

July 19, 2022, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, July 19 at 7pm for a talk by artist Ahmet Öğüt.

Öğüt will discuss recent and early works of his that incorporate artworks by other artists, employing, in his terms, a “modular approach to authorship.” Drawing from his latest work Jump Up! (which includes three works by David Hockney, Anna-Eva Bergman, and Victor Vasarely selected from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje), as well as his recent series of essay documentaries Artists Making Music and Artworks Made at Home (which include footage from works by Art and Language, Kim Gordon, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Nástio Mosquito, Pipilotti Rist, Ulay, Harun Farocki, Martha Rosler, Agnieszka Polska, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Rebecca Horn, Hiwa K, Hussein Chalayan, Ana Husman, Ziad Antar, Alban Muja, and many others), Öğüt will demonstrate how this practice activates a collective trust among intergenerational artists, and necessitates the revision of institutional collections in a simultaneously friendly and antagonistic way.

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Appropriation Art, Artistic Research

Ahmet Öğüt (b. 1981, Diyarbakır) is an artist, sociocultural initiator, and lecturer. Working across a variety of media, including photography, video, and installation, Öğüt often uses humor and small gestures to offer his commentary on rather serious or pressing social and political issues. Öğüt is regularly collaborating with people from outside of the art world to create shifts in the perception of the common. He has exhibited widely, more recently with solo presentations at MoCA Skopje – Museum of Contemporary Art, Kunstverein Dresden, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Chisenhale Gallery, and Van Abbemuseum. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at FRONT International - Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (2022); Survival Kit 13 - Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (2022); Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone (2021); In the Presence of Absence, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2020); Zero Gravity at Nam SeMA, Seoul Museum of Art (2019); Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (2018); and the British Art Show 8 (2015-2017). Öğüt has been a guest professor, mentor, tutor, advisor, and research teacher at several schools including Institut für Kunst im Kontext at Universität der Künste Berlin; Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam; Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki; TransArts - Transdisziplinäre Kunst, Institut für Bildende und Mediale Kunst Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien; and DAI (Dutch Art Institute) Arnhem. Öğüt was awarded the Visible Award for the Silent University (2013); the special prize of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2012); the De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2011, Netherlands; and the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2010). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).

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