Spike Conversations at NADA/Art Cologne (13/14/15 April 2016)
SPIKE CONVERSATIONS AT THE NADA LOUNGE AT ART COLOGNE
14 – 16 APRIL 2016
HALL 1.3, STAND A20a
In collaboration with NADA at Art Cologne, Spike has organised a series of three conversations, each seeking to expand the horizons of art and how it is talked about today. One talk focuses on the nature of painting; one tracks the emergence of the digital object; and one asks whether it’s time to give up on the figure of the artist.
Each of the two-person conversations will be moderated by Alexander Scrimgeour, an editor at Spike. They will be introduced and followed by music by DJ Roy Huschenbeth.
THURSDAY, 14 APRIL, 4 PM
PAINTING AS CODE
FABRICE STROUN (independent curator) & ALEXI KUKULJEVIC (artist and philosopher)
Painting’s code is made and remade over long spans of time, in feedback loops, in dialogue with history. And again and again it stands in the way of progress. How does painting function as a code or a language – perhaps even that underlying all forms of art?
Fabrice Stroun is an independent curator based in Geneva who recently co-curated a solo exhibition of Rochelle Feinstein’s work at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. He was director of Kunsthalle Bern from 2012 to 2015.
Alexi Kukuljevic is an artist and a philosopher based in Berlin who is currently finishing a book titled Liquidation World. He recently curated a three-person exhibition with James Krone, Amy Sillman and himself at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.
FRIDAY, 15 APRIL, 4 PM
IS THE ARTIST OBSOLETE?
YILMAZ DZIEWIOR (Museum Ludwig) & NIK KOSMAS (formerly of AIDS-3D)
Being an artist means something different when the myth of creativity and self-determination permeates all spheres. Can the individual artwork still produce difference after the disappearance of stable ideas of the public and of history? Or does artistic work flow into the design of being or become a way of thinking?
Yilmaz Dziewior is Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. He was previously head of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, where he presented solo exhibitions of Cosima von Bonin, Harun Farocki, Haegue Yang, and Danh Võ.
Together with Daniel Keller, Nik Kosmas cofounded AIDS-3D in 2006 – an artist collective that produced installations, net-based works, and performances until it was disbanded in 2013. Since then, Nik Kosmas has worked as a personal trainer and entrepreneur.
SATURDAY, 16 APRIL, 4 PM
THE DIGITAL OBJECT
MASHA McCONAGHY (ascribe) & DIRK PAESMANS (JODI)
Increasingly it is clear that art can also be a website, a code, or a gif. But is there such a thing as a digital object? And if so, what does it mean for the display, distribution, and collection of art?
The curator and researcher Masha McConaghy is a co-founder of ascribe, a service for artists, galleries, collectors, art prizes and marketplaces to register, archive, transfer rights and track provenance of digital art. She lives in Berlin.
Dirk Paesmans is one half of the collective JODI, which he founded in 1994 together with Joan Heemskerk. JODI are pioneers in creating net-based art.
Opening hours (NADA Cologne/Art Cologne):
Thu-Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun 11 am – 6 pm
Opening: Wednesday 4–8 pm (by personal invitation only)