LISTE 2019 | The Artist as X: A Series of Conversations on New Artistic Strategies
NaEE RoBErts, Elapsed, 2018, video still; Image Courtesy LISTE
Tue June 11, 6 pm: The (Failed) Autonomy of the Artist
Speakers: Ed Fornieles and Omsk Social Club
Moderated by Christian Kobald & Rita Vitorelli
How can we create structures that maintain the possibility of independent artistic production? What changes when artists set up alternative economic systems so that they don’t have to rely on the existing mechanisms of the art market. It may lead to greater freedom but also creates other forms of dependency: whether on public funding, private donors, or the vagaries of the market in the respective field of business. Are there new financing models that can rival the established ones? How well do they work?
Ed Fornieles is a British artist based in London. His practice spans various mediums, including installation, sculpture, film, performance, and social media, and centers around the subject of the society and culture in the digital age.
Omsk Social Club lives and works in Berlin. Omsk Social Club is constantly observing and questioning the concept of Self, Individualism and the community both in off and online scenarios.
Christian Kobald is a curator and senior editor at Spike Art Magazine
Rita Vitorelli is an artist and the editor-in-chief of Spike Art Magazine.
Wed June 12, 6 pm: The Artist as Creative Director / The Creative Director as Artist
Speakers: Jeanne-Salomé Rochat and Julian Zigerli
Moderated by Toke Lykkeberg
What is the role of the artist in contemporary corporate culture and the digital platform economy? What does participating in this world say about one’s politics? Many artists keep their position deliberately ambiguous – affirmative and critical at once. We need new tools to understand what is happening, where it might lead, and how it will destroy models of identity and habits of thought that were long taken for granted.
Jeanne-Salomé Rochat is the creative director behind Novembre magazine.
Julian Zigerli is a Swiss fashion designer based in Zurich. The label is famous for its collaborations with artists from all different areas.
Toke Lykkeberg is an art critic, curator, and director of Tranen Contemporary Art Center in Denmark.
Thu June 13, 6 pm: Market Transformations
Speakers: Kei Kreutler and Elie Ayache
Moderated by Paul Feigelfeld (media theorist)
How can we discuss the entanglements of art, its market as the pinnacle of all markets, and the technologies and media it uses and produces? What are the values – social, political, financial, mathematical – that go into the equations and algorithms that define artistic, collective and capitalist interactions? Where does art end and trade begin? The panel aims to view technologies, finance and art from different angles and a non-human, infrastructural perspective.
Elie Ayache is CEO of the financial software company ITO 33 and author of various texts on the philosophy of contingent claims and derivatives trading, including “The Blank Swan: The End of Probability” (2010) and “The Medium of Contingency: An Inverse View of the Market” (2015).
Kei Kreutler is a Berlin-based researcher, designer, and creative director of Gnosis, a forecasting and information aggregation platform on the Ethereum blockchain.
Paul Feigelfeld is a culture and media scholar and curator. He is currently teaching at the FHNW Basel and Strelka Institute Moscow and is the guest curator of the Vienna Biennial 2019 for “Uncanny Values: Artificial Intelligence & You.”
Fri June 14, 6 pm: Virtual Reality: Make, Show, Buy
Speakers: Sandra Nedvetskaia, Nina Roehrs and Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Moderated by Christian Kobald
VR has made great inroads into the art world in recent years. Although it is not yet a mature technology, it is one that has attracted tremendous attention and investment. Related to this are questions for a new art form: VR art. How are works in this medium designed, exhibited, collected, archived, bought and sold? When there is no need for white walls or wall texts, and the visitor becomes an avatar, the art system’s historical dependence on the white cube begins to dissipate.
Sandra Nedvetskaia is a Moscow-born art dealer and partner at Khora Contemporary, the first production company focused on creating artworks in VR with contemporary artists.
Nina Roehrs is founder and CEO of Roehrs & Boetsch, a gallery in Zurich devoted to the exploration of digitalization and its implications for society. In 2019, the gallery launched CUBE, a virtual reality exhibition concept.
Jakob Kudsk Steensen is a Danish artist based in New York. His work deals with a combination of imagination, technology and ecology, using mediums such as VR and video installation.
Sat June 15, 6 pm: Gallery & Artist: New Relations
Speakers: Rózsa Farkas and KJ Freeman
Moderated by Chus Martínez
The gap between rich and poor is bigger than it has been for a long time. In art, too, there is the 1% and everyone else. What are feasible survival models for artists today: taking a job on the side, or founding a company? Does the function or job description of a gallerist have to change? What are some possible ways to support art that is not designed for the market? And what can we learn from history that might be useful for today?
Rózsa Farkas is founding director of the London-based gallery and publisher, Arcadia Missa.
KJ Freeman is owner and director of Housing, a gallery in New York City.
Chus Martínez is a curator and head of the Institute at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Basel.
Sun June 16, 4 pm: You Are All You Need
Performance by Sandra Mujinga
In Sandra Mujinga’s performance You Are All You Need (2019), two artists who have withdrawn from the public eye reflect on their return, in the aftermath of a seismic event that may have been caused by one of them. The performance negotiates destabilised self-representations, manoeuvres opacities, and investigates how invisible bodies, even when given a visible platform, can be endangered. Mujinga draws connections from the structure of talks and panels to geological events to the politics of representation and self-preservation.
Sandra Mujinga is an interdisciplinary digital artist born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently living and working in Berlin and Oslo. Mujinga’s work engages contemporary digital technologies as an exploration of her subjective experience.
All panels held in English