The basement of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is absolutely packed. It is the first day of the conference WHERE ARE WE GOING, WALT WHITMAN?, part of Studium Generale. Anselm Franke curated a day of insights into outer-space photography, counterculture, psychoanalysis, animism, and the relation between hairballs and earthquakes.
Last Saturday in Utrecht, over the course of almost twelve hours of the dense congress ‘Beyond What Was Contemporary Art Continued’, which was the third Former West Research Congress, various cultural producers, mainly from Europe and North Africa contributed to the discursive process of the undoing of the West.
The Berlin Art Week is in full swing, with the ABC fair, gallery openings and events all over town. KW shows Wael Shawky's exhibition Al Araba Al Madfuna, re-performing political and historical Egyptian events.
A shiny white reception desk in a well-lit spacious room, flat-screen displays, tasteful plants: who has never been to Casino Luxembourg before, won’t notice anything remarkable at the entrance hall during Wesley Meuris’ exhibition R-05.Q-IP.0001.
The second year of Alternativa in Gdansk takes place in the same spaces as its first edition, but the surrounding of the buildings and the outdoor atmosphere has changed, and is changing drastically every day.
Like in every discussion dealing with art and autonomy, the questions outnumber the answers. Report on a lecture by Andrea Fraser at the Van Abbemuseum, which focuses partly on autonomy from a psychoanalytical standpoint.
'Seeing your gallerist at work is like hearing your parents having sex’, John Baldessari once commented on the awkwardness of visiting art fairs. Maaike Lauwaert visits Art Basel and Liste and connects her observations to three striking quotes.