#contemporaryvienna / 2019

viennacontemporary 2019 |Talks | Next?

Talks: Next? | Curator: Kimberly Bradley | Booth D32

Next? is a series of conversations and discussions that take our current art world(s) as their point of departure and, with critical skepticism as well as hope, look ahead to the possible futures of art. What will art’s producers and audiences want from contemporary art in the foreseeable future? What is a mega exhibition for? Can art achieve more equality in all areas? And if so, how? As part of viennacontemporary’s daily program, critic/journalist Kimberly Bradley has assembled artists, museum directors, dealers, critics, and curators to speculate about the possibilities of art — in Vienna and far beyond.

Friday, 27 September 2019 | 4:00-5:00 pm

Rahel Aima, Writer, Critic, New York/Dubai
Touria El Glaoui, Founder of the I-54 Art Fair, London/Marrakech
Ben Davis, Writer, Critic, New York

The structures of contemporary art are rapidly shifting alongside those in the world at large. What might be in store for art, based on current tendencies? More importantly, what might art-world practitioners and audiences want from future art, considering political issues, power hierarchies, and the attention economy? Taking writer Ben Davis’s short essay “Three Tendencies of Future Art” as a point of departure, Davis and the other panelists discuss how art production, discourse, modes of exhibition, institutions, and the market might evolve over the next decades.

Friday, 27 September 2019 | 5:30–6:30 pm

Gerrit Gohlke, New Patrons, Berlin
Ekaterina Degot, Director, Steierischer Herbst, Graz
Tevž Logar, Curator, Ljubljana

The art/politics dichotomy pits reality (or “reality”) against representation, but what happens when art and politics do manage to intersect and interact? Can artists, exhibition makers, curators, or other mediators bridge the gap between art and politics, as so many are currently attempting, or must the roles of art worker and citizen, of artist and activist remain separate? Our panelists discuss the potentials of action within the cultural sphere based on past and ongoing efforts.

Saturday, 28 September 2018 | 2:30–3:30 pm


Henrikke Nielsen, Co-owner of Croy Nielsen, Vienna
Moritz Stipsicz, Cofounder, Phileas, Vienna
Luisa Ziaja, Curator, Belvedere 21, Vienna
Christian Siekmeier, EXILE Gallery

The past several years have seen multiple shifts in Vienna’s local art world—the openings of new galleries, the closures of several mid-size exhibition venues, a new city culture councilor, and this year, new leadership at the Kunsthalle, the art academy, and this very art fair. With novel impulses, excellent art education, and funding, what can – or should – Vienna strive for in the contemporary art field? What discourses would Vienna’s art scene want or need to tackle? Can contemporary art compete with better-funded fields, like music? An exploration of obstacles and possibilities.

Saturday, 28 September 2019 | 4:00-5:00 pm

Paul Feigelfeld, Curator, Vienna Biennale
Marieke van Hal
, Head of Research and Development, Manifesta, and Cofounder of the Biennial Foundation, Amsterdam
Senam Okudzeto
, Artist, Educator, Basel/Accra

The art biennial first emerged in Venice in 1895 and was based on the nineteenth-century model of the World Expo, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the format metastasized, following the trajectory of globalization and neo-liberalization and reaching new cities and regions in both the Eurocentric center and the so-called periphery. Considering the notion of “biennialization” (large spectacle-based exhibitions infiltrating urban fabric or economically reactivating fallow regions or localities) – what is the biennale for at this juncture? What could or should it be for? Is the biennial format viable for the next generation of artists and art viewers, in light of global challenges? This talk tackles the biennial’s next steps.

Sunday, 29 September 2019 | 3:00-4:00 pm

Sabine Breitwieser, Curator, Vienna
Candice Breitz, Artist, Educator, Berlin
Ivet Ćurlin, WHW/Codirector, Kunsthalle Wien, Zagreb/Vienna
Olamiju Fajemisin, Writer and Editor, Berlin

Despite decades of activism and varying degrees of vocal protest, female art practitioners – along with other marginalized players in contemporary art – continue to cope with a lack of access to power structures (speak: money), gross oversights on the part of institutions, and stunning price gaps in the art market. As voices of dissent grow louder, what successes have we seen in recent months, and, more importantly, what collective action can be taken, on all sides, to make lasting changes going forward? This talk explores steps toward inclusion, diversity, and equality.

Sunday, 29 September 2019 | 4:30-5:30 pm

André Nourbakhsch, Attorney, Berlin
Dean Kissick, Writer, Critic, New York
Senam Okudzeto, Artist, Educator, Basel/Accra

How does the art world live with itself? (quote from New York’s art critic Jerry Saltz). Many others lament contemporary art’s existing structures, some of which are anachronistic, inflexible, perhaps even unethical, and may no longer apply to an uncertain future. Is the art world poised for a revolution? If so, which issues might spur it on and what might be possible or desired outcomes? This panel asks each speaker to air a grievance, explain it, and together discuss possible solutions, improvements, even desires, and dreams.

Photo: Ben Davis @ Micah Schmidt, Touria El Glaoui @ Javier Salas, Ekaterina Degot @ Marija Kanižaj, Tevz Logar @ Jaka Babnik, Johann Koenig © Lukas Gansterer, Moritz Stipsicz © Valerie Loudon, Luisa Ziaja @ ESEL, Paul Feigelfeld @ Lukas Gansterer, Marieke van Hal @ Gillesz Schippers, Senam Okudzeto @ Senam Okudzeto, Sabine Breitwieser @ Morgenbesser, Candice BREITZ @ Jim Rakete, Ivet Curlin, Olamiju Fajemisin © Joanna Catherine Schroeder, André Nourbakhsch © André Nourbakhsch, Senam Okudzeto @ Senam Okudzeto, Christian Siekmeier © Christian Siekmeier



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26–29 September 2019
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