17-18 March 2021
Going to the Limits of Your Longing, Research as Another Name for Care
In memory of Marion von Osten
Art Institute HGK FHNW, Basel
Invited by Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer
With Maria Thereza Alves, Ursula Biemann, Regina Bittner, Katya García-Antón, Anja Kirschner, Kapwani Kiwanga, Maria Lind, Otobong Nkanga, Lydia Ourahmane, Myriam Amroun, Filipa Ramos, Kerstin Stakemeier, Yvonne Volkart, Peter Spillmann
Once upon a time, or just a couple of decades ago, womxn artists from various and diverging geographies began to query and study the gap that has traditionally existed between artistic and non-artistic labor. As artistic labor came to be understood as more representative of society’s functioning as a whole, new questions concerning the political dimensions of art and the role of the artist in contemporary society came to life. Research has often been the term applied to the act of inquiring into the postcolonial past (and neocolonial present), an inquiry whose very substance gives voice to the need to revise the fundaments of our unachieved and fragile democracies, their languages, tools, forms of violence, and myriad legacies.
Going to the Limits of Your Longing, Research as Another Name for Care, the spring 2021 Master symposium at Art Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel, will be devoted to ideas and forms of artistic research that center art as a practice in service of the social. With this symposium we will revisit certain moments in our recent history and present of researching, producing, and exhibiting art in the name of such beliefs, namely social justice. To that end, this gathering will be dedicated to the memory of Marion von Osten, the artist, curator, researcher, writer, and teacher whose curatorial, theoretical, and altogether empathic approaches to the medium of exhibition-making revolved around artistic research devoted to the collective.
22-24 November 2018
Kathy Acker: GET RID OF MEANING
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Invited by Matias Viegener and Anja Casser
With Dodie Bellamy, Hanjo Berressem, Ruth Buchanan, Georgina Colby, Leslie Dick & Audrey Wollen, Claire Finch, Johnny Golding, Anja Kirschner, Douglas A. Martin, Jason McBride, Karolin Meunier & Kerstin Stakemeier, Daniel Schulz, McKenzie Wark
The American author Kathy Acker (1947-1997) was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Working through an experimental and avant-garde tradition, she wrote numerous novels, essays, poems and novellas from the beginning of the 1970s to the late 90s. As a postmodernist, plagiarist and post-punk feminist, her work has influenced two generations of writers, philosophers, and many artists. In the first large-scale international exhibition on Kathy Acker, Badischer Kunstverein invites international artists, writers, and scholars to discuss Acker’s oeuvre through a wide range of events including talks, readings, and performances during a three-day symposium.
3 June 2018
Vision's Bleeding Edge:
On nonhuman vision, liquid and crystal intelligence and AI
Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
Talks by Esther Leslie (Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck) and Joanna Zylinska (Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths)
Moderated by Anja Kirschner and Adam J B Walker
Performances and videos by Anna Ådahl, Anja Kirschner, Lawrence Lek, Mayra Martin Ganzinotti, Anna Nazo, Emma Somerset Davis, Adam J B Walker
Vision’s Bleeding Edge will explore the impact of the latest imaging technologies on human and nonhuman vision and the way contemporary art engages with and rearticulates these developments. Live performances and screenings by current RCA researchers will be in dialogue with talks by Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck and author of Liquid Crystals: The Science and Art of a Fluid Form (Reaktion, 2016) and Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and author of Nonhuman Photography (MIT Press, 2017). Leslie will speak on the history and increasing ubiquity of liquid crystal technologies (in LCD TVs, computers and mobile devices) and the liveliness these bestow on the digital images they both display and ‘see’ - while Zylinska’s talk on nonhuman photography and AI driven imaging will focus on the political underpinnings of the current AI debate and its impact on photography and art.
Vision’s Bleeding Edge is organised by SOAH Researchers Anja Kirschner, Mayra Martin Ganzinotti, Anna Nazo, Emma Somerset Davis and Adam J B Walker with Aura Satz (Moving Image Tutor and Reader in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art).
14 December 2017
Hidden Forms of Directing
Invited by Zuzana Blochová and Edith Jeřábková with Anja Kirschner
With Jana Baierová, Zuzana Blochová, Jan Bernard, Michal Bregant, Mikuláš Brukner, Barbora Dayef, Bracha L. Ettinger, Šárka Gmiterková, Linda Hauerová, Libuše Heczková, Anna Hejmová, Edith Jeřábková, Jesse Jones, Tereza Kanyzová, Anja Kirschner, Jan Kolský, Kateřina Konvalinová, Francis McKee, Ruth Noack, Matěj Pavlík, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Johannes Paul Raether, Michaela Režová, Lucie Rosenfeldová, Sláva Sobotovičová, Kateřina Svatoňová, Tomáš Uhnák, Marina Vishmidt
16 May - 13 June 2017
Die Zukunft des Vergangenen. Moderne im Spiegel der Gegenwartskunst / The Future of the Past. Modernity in the Mirror of Contemporary Art
Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main
With Florian Pumhösl, Asier Mendizabal, Anja Kirschner, Laura Horelli.
The historiographic turn in contemporary art has made the reappraisal, reassessment and criticism of modernity a central subject area of artistic practice. The lecture series negotiates the emancipatory claim of modern art and its toxic legacy, the complexity of modernity, its political-aesthetic pretensions, its violence and its untapped potentials.
21-23 April 2017
Conference and programme of screenings and performances
Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
20-22 April 2017
Media Revolutions/Mediale Revolutionen
Academy of Fine Art Hamburg
With Klaus Birnstiel, Jodi Dean, Diedrich Diederichsen, Bernhard Dotzler, Arnold Dreyblatt, Yuk Hui, Anja Kirschner, Peter Osborne, Dont Rhine/Ultra Red, Kerstin Stakemeier.
17-18 March 2017
Talks, screenings and performances
It’s After the End of the World. Don’t You Know That?
Museum Brandhorst, Munich
With Juan Atkins, Jacky Connolly, Helmut Draxler, Georgia Sagri, Hassan Khan, Anja Kirschner, Nina Könnemann, Dana Luciano, Inka Meißner, Robert Müller and Tanja Widmann, Michael Smith, Peter Wächtler, Jutta Zimmermann.
Curated by Tanja Widmann and Tonio Kröner
28-30 October 2016
WE NEED YOUR CARKEYS! The Horizons of Horror
Invited by Sam Basu, Anke Hennig and Anja Kirschner
With Anselm Franke, Bracha L. Ettinger, Melanie Bonajo and Laboria Cuboniks (Diann Bauer, Helen Hester).
9 June – 30 July 2016
Exhibition and research project
5 Uneasy Pieces + An Open Investigation
UM gallery, UMPRUM Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, Prague
Curated and initiated by Anja Kirschner and organized by Are
With Adam Chodzko, Stephan Dillemuth and UMPRUM students, Constantinos Hadzinikolaou, Anja Kirschner, Nova Melancholia with Dora Economou.
4 March 2015
Interdisciplinary lecture series, screenings and performances
Are You Alive Or Not?
Looking at Art through the Lens of Theatre (Act 1, Scene 6)
Studium Generale, Gerrit Rietveld Academy
With Clare Butcher, Klaas Tindemans, Anja Kirschner.
17-39 October 2014
Invited by Tim Voss and Kerstin Stakemeier
With Kerstin Brätsch/Debo Eilers, Helmut Draxler, Johnny Golding, Anja Kirschner, Benjamin Noys, Johannes Paul Raether, Juliane Rebentisch and Kerstin Stakemeier.
12-16 November 2013
Symposium, Screenings and Workshop
I'm Frightened. Bring Popcorn.
Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome
Invited by Anja Kirschner
With Dario Argento, Enrico Ghezzi, Marco Greganti, Douglas Mortimer Collective, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Valerio Di Simone.
19 March 2013
Movie lights switching on and erasing the image or illuminating darkness
26-27 January 2013
Art as a Form of Crisis
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Invited by Kerstin Stakemeier and Sophie Golz
With Stewart Martin, Michael Heinrich, Nikos Arvanitis, Dimitra Kotouza, Freundinnen und Freunde der klassenlosen Gesellschaft, Anja Kirschner, David Panos.
10 January 2013
Interdisciplinary lecture series
Power of Material/Politics of Materiality:
The (Im)materiality of the Economy
cx centre for interdisciplinary studies, Academy of Fine Arts Munich
7-8 June 2010
Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
Invited by Babak Afrassiabi and Nasrin Tabatabai