viennacontemporary 2016 | Talks

Introducing this year’s Talks Program, the highlight of which are the panel discussions under the title ‘Keys to Contemporary Art: Public Image’, curated by Kate Sutton.

As countries around Europe begin to bow and cower under new tides of nationalism, the notion of “the public” – what that includes and whom it excludes – must be renegotiated. Curated by writer Kate Sutton, this year’s Keys to the Contemporary Art, “Public Image,” brings together a series of conversations, panel discussions and presentations that look at the art through the lens of its various “publics.”
Kate Sutton, Zagreb, is an international journalist, art critic, and a regular contributor to Artforum.com since 2008.

Keys to Contemporary Art

3:00–4:00 pm | Public Relations: Institutions and their Audiences

moderator: Bharti Lalwani, writer and critic, Pune, IN
Diana Campbell Betancourt, artistic director, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka/Sylhet, Bellas Artes Projects, Bagac, chief curator, Dhaka Art Summit
Snejana Krasteva, curator, Garage MCA, Moscow, RU
Başak Şenova, independent curator, Istanbul, TR

Once the primary instruments for scripting national narratives, public museums are often slow to respond to the changes in the demographics that these narratives traditionally privileged. This conversation brings together curators working in different contexts and formats to call into question how they define their “public,” and how they then attempt to understand the expectations and needs of that audience, whether in a traditional museum, a contemporary art space, or a biennale setting. Drawing on case studies ranging from the Dhaka Art Summit, the National Gallery of Singapore, the D-0 Ark Project Biennial in Konjic or even museums here in Vienna, the panel participants will consider what responsibilties do art institutions bear as public institutions and what do they see as the value in the various models for interacting with their audiences.

Keys to Contemporary Art
5:00–6:00 pm | The Greater Good: Beyond the Immediate Public

moderator: Kate Sutton, writer, Zagreb, HR
Heidi Ballet, independent curator, Brussels / Berlin, BE/DE
Stefanie Hessler, writer and curator of TBA21-Academy, Vienna / Stockholm

The poster children of civic virtue, cultural institutions are often exempted from having to think too deeply about their stewardship of natural resources and the ways in which they are used for “the good” of the audience. This talk offers a case study of an initiative that looks beyond its immediate audience to try to imagine new processes of knowledge production to help develop creative solutions for the environmental issues that now affect a truly global community. Founded in 2015 by TBA21 chairperson, Francesca von Habsburg, “The Current” is a three-year exploratory fellowship program that sends artists, architects, curators and scientists on research expeditions in the Pacific, the frontlines of climate change. Joining organizers and participants of “The Current” on stage will be Heidi Ballet, curator of “Our Ocean, Your Horizon,” the 2016 Satellite program at Jeu de Paume, and co-curator of the upcoming Lofoten International Art Festival 2017.

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Sales and Interest in Russian Сontemporary Art: Market Research

moderator: Ksenia Podoynitsyna, gallerist and founder, Gallery 21, Moscow, RU
Marina Sitnina, executive vice-president, Gazprombank (JSC), curator Art Banking and corporate collection, Moscow, RU
Irina Stepanova, managing director, Sotheby’s Russia, Moscow, RU

The talk is dedicated to the Russian contemporary art market, its structure, and factors. It presents an economical overview as well as a look into purchase decisions and an analysis of the demand of national and international collectors. The report provides results of the analysis conducted on the basis of the survey completed by market professionals, including galleries, dealers, experts, critics, curators, information of online resources, Russian and foreign auction houses.

Keys to Contemporary Art
3:00–4:00 pm | Public Speech: Grounds for Contestation

moderator: Bharti Lalwani, writer and critic, Pune, IN
Kevin Kenjar, linguist, anthropologist, Mostar, BA
Shubigi Rao, artist, Singapore, SG
Ștefan Sava, artist, Bucharest, RO

If language is the means through which histories and national narratives are built, then language is also the tool that can help alter these histories. Moderated by writer and critic Bharti Lalwani, this conversation looks at how public information is shaped, regulated and manipulated through language, with insight from linguist Kevin Kenjar, who has been researching how subtle linguistic shifts can form communities, artist Shubigi Rao, who recently published the first installment of the five-volume book, “Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book”, and Ștefan Sava, an artist who has been actively engaged in excavating suppressed narratives from the recent history of Romania.

Keys to Contemporary Art
5:00–6:00 pm | Public Practice: Artist Milica Tomi
ć in conversation with Amy Bryzgel

Dr. Amy Bryzgel, senior lecturer in film and visual culture, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, GB
Milica Tomić, artist, professor, IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, Graz, AT

One of the founders of Grupa Spomenik, Milica Tomić explores different genres and methods of artistic practice that centers on investigating, unearthing and bringing to public debate issues related to political violence, economic underpinnings and social amnesia. Dr. Amy Bryzgel has also been working to make histories more visible through her research into contemporary art of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, and Russia. Selections of this research have been compiled into the online archive “Performing the East”. In their talk, Tomić and Bryzgel will consider the ability of performance to create a public image – quite literally “publicizing” – ideas and events previously rendered invisible within collective memory.

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Cinema Talk: Has the Market Failed?

moderator: Olaf Stüber, curator, Berlin, DE
Carlos Duran, founder and co-director, LOOP Barcelona, founder, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, ES
Dr. Markus Hannebauer, fluentum Collection, Berlin, DE
Alain Servais, investment banker, entrepreneur, collector and opinionated, Brussels, BE

Since its beginnings in the 60s, video has become one of the preeminent media of contemporary art production, equalling the importance of classical media like painting and photography. This is evidenced by the fact that a vast majority of contemporary art exhibitions feature at least one video projection. Even though many important galleries represent one or more artists working in new media, video art is still facing a lot of problems trying to assert itself on the art market. From very early on, certain questions or even reservations have been persistent when it comes to purchasing a work of art shot on video: What do I actually get? How can I be sure that what I get is an original work? What may I do with the purchased work? To whom may I show it? The panel will discuss these and other problems surrounding the topic of video art some 50 years after its beginnings and tries to find solutions.

3:00–4:00 pm | curated by_vienna: “Meine Herkunft habe ich mir selbst ausgedacht“ [My Origins? I Made Them Up]

Sabeth Buchmann, art historian and critic, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, AT
Diedrich Diederichsen, author, journalist, art critic, Vienna, AT

With his eponymous essay “Meine Herkunft habe ich mir selbst ausgedacht” [My Origins? I Made Them Up] Diedrich Diederichsen has created the theoretical basis for this year’s edition of the gallery festival curated by_vienna. With Sabeth Buchmann he talks about artistic claims of innovation, which today are premised less on the cutting-off of lines of tradition but rather on the rediscovery and reinvention of precursors.

5:00–6:00 pm | Young Collectors Talk

moderator: Katharina Zimmer, art historian, co-founder of Fanny, Berta, head of private clients, Aon Fine Art, Vienna, AT
Frank Krikhaar, Global CSR Director, Dentsu Aegis Network, collector, London, GB
Arena Martinez, young collector, Madrid, ES

The younger generation of collectors speaks about their approaches to collecting contemporary art.

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Focus Talk: Speculating On The Future of Alternative Art Spaces

moderator: Adela Demetja, independent curator, founder, Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art, AL
Branka Bencic, curator, director, Apoteka Space for Contemporary Art, HR
Jadranka Plut, artistic director, Galerija Alkatraz, SI
Nada Prlja, artist, initiator, SIA Gallery, MK
Slobodan Stošic, artist, RS

Participants of the viennacontemporary special presentation Focus Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania talk about the contemporary art scene from the region.

Keys to Contemporary Art
3:00–4:00 pm |
The Public Life of Art

João Ribas, deputy director and senior curator, Serralves Museum, Porto, PT
Kate Sutton, writer, Zagreb, HR

The public life of artworks and images is becoming increasingly precarious today. From acts of iconoclasm to increased forms of censorship, what we can see, hear, feel, and share in public is subject to increasing political, social, and spatial constriction – from both the violence of global terror and the repression of conservative politics. What is the threat posed by images and sculptures that they should be the focus of contemporary forms of violence and crime, that the publicness of art should be so constricted? What defines our public relation to the images that live in our pockets and permeate our lives, that we touch and like, and the global art that fills the walls of the contemporary art institutions? Do we have a responsibility with caring for, and defending, the public life of the imagination? Curator João Ribas will attempt to answer some of these questions, before a conversation with writer Kate Sutton.

Keys to Contemporary Art
5:00–6:00 pm | Public Figures: The International Local

moderator: Kate Sutton, Writer, Zagreb
Abaseh Mirvali, independent project producer and curator, Mexico City/Berlin, MX/DE
Dirk Snauwaert, director, WIELS, Brussels, BE

This September saw biennales simultaneously opening in São Paolo, Gwangju and Bergen, sending art-worlders scrambling to be everywhere and see everything, all at once. Ubiquity and access have been equated with expertise, and every project – no matter what scale – must, to some extent, address this international audience. Is there still value to be gleaned from this kind of system? What kind of knowledge are we creating? Are there ways to champion deeper engagement with a single scene while still acknowledging the overarching global context? These are some of the questions to be discussed with respected curators Dirk Snauwaert and Abaseh Mirvali, curator of this year’s Solo Expanded.

All panel discussions will take place at the Talks area | D40

22 – 25 September 2016
Marx Halle
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, A-1030 Vienna

Opening hours:
Thursday, 22 September 2015: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Friday, 23 September 2015: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Saturday, 24 September 2015: 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday: 25  September 2015: 11:00 am–6:00 pm

Public transport:
Underground: U3-Station Erdberg – Exit Nottendorfer Gasse via Karl-Farkas-Gasse Train: Line 7 – Stop St. Marx
Tram: Line 71 – Stop St. Marx, Line 18 – Stop Viehmarktgasse or St. Marx
Bus: Line 74A – Stop St. Marx, 80A – Final stop St. Marx


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