(AROUND) Photography, or WHAT pictures NOW? a seminar

The seminar is related to the exhibition BEYOND (Look at my face: my name is Might Have Been; I am also called No More, Too Late, Farewell.) in Kumu Art Museum. The curator Adam Budak used Giorgio Agamben‘s essay “Judgement Day” as an ideological basis for this exhibition.

Daniele Monticelli
The event of language: life in (and after) the society of the spectacle according to Giorgio Agamben

Daniele Monticelli will focus on Giorgio Agamben’s understanding of communication and mediality as pure potentiality, touching upon the notions of belonging, inclusion/exclusion, bordering, singularity and their function in the philosopher’s attempt to imagine the new political and aesthetical form-of-life of the coming community.

Liz Wells
BEYOND the Image – on photography and contemporary currencies of the sublime

In his short essay, “Judgment Day” Giorgio Agamben identifies gaps, a sublime breach, between copy and reality, memory and desire, expression and representation. Through reference to the exhibition, BEYOND, and to examples from photography concerned with people, place and landscape, this talk reflects on shifting notions of the sublime.

Panel Discussion
(AROUND) Photography, or WHAT pictures NOW?

What is MORE THAN a photography? What is its BEHIND and BEYOND?
Discussing a current (hidden) potentiality and a consistency of a medium, mapping the lines of escape and summing up the strategies of taming, together with the artists who participate in the exhibition, Becky Beasley, Stefan Burger, Sunah Choi, Dénes Farkas, Caroline Heider, Tatiana Lecomte, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Alexandre Singh.
Moderated by Adam Budak, the exhibition’s curator.

Becky Beasely (1975) was born in the UK, she lives and works in St Leonards on Sea, England. She received her BA from the Goldsmiths College, London (Fine Art/Art History, 1999) and MA from the Royal College of Art (Photography, 2002).
While Beasley’s primary media are photography and sculpture, her work is deeply informed by a relationship to language. Aesthetically she engages in a questioning of the relations between handmade, often wooden, objects and their (re-)presentation as photographs, in which her objects are regularly the subject. Her subject matter is composed of the personal and art historical, often mediated through literary references. Her sculptures have been described as mental objects and this intended double meaning ideally suits the precise and playful use of conceptual strategies embedded within intensely assembled objects.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: UBU Gallery, Glasgow (2006); Office Baroque, Antwerp (2009); Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2009) and Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London (2010). Beasley’s group exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2008); MACBA, Barcelona (2009); New Galerie de France, Paris (2009); Locust Projects, Miami (2010).

Adam Budak (1966) is curator for contemporary art at Kunsthaus Graz (Austria) and elsewhere. He studied Theatre Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and History and Philosophy of Art and Architecture at the Central European University in Prague.
Budak is the author of a large number of solo and group shows, co-curator of, amongst others, Manifesta7, Polish Pavillion in 9th Venice Architecture Biennale and Prague Biennales. Budak is a co-founder of the postgraduate studies in curatorial practice and
theory at the Art History Institute of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland).
His curatorial practice is located on the cross-way of spatial forms and the performative arts.

Stefan Burger (1977) was born in Germany, he lives and works in Zürich. Burger received his MA from in Photography from the University of Art and Design, Zürich (2003).
Burger is interested in scenes that show the process of construction, the scaffolding and the supports. He exposes mechanisms: mechanisms of perception, production and operation. His quest leads him to the circumstances of the world, the movement backstage and the unfolding scenes.
Selected solo exhibitions include Marion Scharmann in Cologne, Kunsthaus Baselland in Basel and Kunstmuseum in Thun. Selected group exhibitions include Artnews Projects in Berlin, Kunsthaus Zürich, Düsseldorf Contemporary with Freymond-Guth & Co and Centre d’Art in Biel.

Sunah Choi (1968) was born in Korea, she lives and works in Berlin. She has studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt (MFA, 2001) and at the Slade School of Fine Art in London (2000).
Sunah Choi works with photography, as well as sculpture, video and installation. Her work deals a lot with the notion of chance and is based on a debate around processes of cultural appropriation.
She explores the appearance of material as form and the way that forms appear. Choi creates compositions and arrangements of forms that have relationships to the particular aesthetics and content with which they are imbued. Her installations are often based on an examination of materials and compositions of objects, which are transferred into different dimensions (through subtle interventions).
Since 1999, she has had over ten solo exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland and Korea. She has participated in many group exhibitions all over the world: in Europe, Japan, USA and Korea.

Dénes Farkas (1974) was born in Budapest, he lives and works in Estonia. He graduated from the Graphic Arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts (BA, 2001) and the Department of Photography (MA, 2003).
Dénes Farkas mainly uses photography and installation. Above all, his works are related to the structure of society, analysing the social and political issues.
Since 1998, he has been involved in personal and group exhibitions both in Estonia and elsewhere in Europe.
Between 2005–2009, Dénes Farkas worked in the Photography Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts as an associate professor. Since 2009, he works there as a lecturer.

Caroline Heider (1978) was born in Munich, she lives and works in Vienna. She has studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (2001–2008), at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Photography and Fine Art, 2003–2009) and at the Glasgow School of Art (Sculpture and Environmental Art, 2007).
Caroline Heider bases her work on existing pictures, on a public world of images, which is conveyed for example in magazines. The artist’s interests focus on the social and cultural context of the pictures. She examines the question of how pictures function in the context of artistic production. Caroline Heider adopts strange pictures for her works, she removes them from their contexts and reproduces and processes them.
Her recent solo exhibitions include: Relax – the universe will guide your life, Artothek, Munich (2011) and Along the lines, Gallery Winiarzyk, Vienna (2010). And her recent group exhibitions include: Körper Codes. Menschenbilder aus der Sammlung, Museum Moderner Kunst Salzburg, Salzburg; Linz Triennale 1.0, Landesgalerie Linz am oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz; Photobiennale RU, State Art Museum Novosibirsk, Russia; Expedit 11, Werkstadt Graz, Graz (all 2010).

Tatiana Lecomte (1971) was born in Bordeaux, she lives and works in Vienna. She has studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (1998–2000) and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (1995–2002).
The central theme in her work is the historical and/or media influenced importance of certain places or sites and the im/possibility of portraying these photographically.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: Ersatz, Jesuiten Foyer, Vienna (2007); Scriptures Without Words, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems (2009); Wien 5. (Arbeitstitel), Weisse Haus, Vienna (2011). Selected group exhibitions include: Photo Graz 06: a selection, Photon Association, Ljubljana (2007); Oral Landscape, Landesgalerie Linz (2008); Triennale Linz 1.0, Contemporary Art in Austria, Linz (2010); Nichts verschenken, alles nutzen, FLUC, Vienna (2010).

Daniele Monticelli (1970) took his PhD (2008) in Semiotics at the University of Tartu with a thesis on the nature of theoretical constructions in semiotics, philosophy and political theory and his MA degree (1995) in Philosophy at the University of Milan
with a thesis on the semantic of conditionals. He works as Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Semiotics at the Tallinn University where he chairs the Department of Romance Studies. His fields of research include philosophy of language, contrastive linguistics, translation theory, literary semiotics and political philosophy. He has published several articles on these topics and some literary and essayistic translations
from Estonian into Italian. He regularly publishes reviews and essays on Estonian cultural journals and writes as a political columnist for Estonian newspapers.

Christodoulos Panayiotou (1978) was born in Cyprus, he lives and works in Berlin. He originally studied dance, theatre and anthropology, his work is formed in a range of media incorporating video, photography, slide projections and installations.
Christodolous Panayotou’s works are structured in thematic circles which often function in chapters open to rearrangements. Part of his visual language becomes a manifestation that renegotiates the historical and political narrative, concentrating on the undefined desires and projections of identity dealing with its existential quest. He is interested in both the individual as well as the collective.
His recent solo exhibitions include: Christodoulos Panayiotou, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2011); Christodoulos Panayiotou, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich and Christodoulos Panayiotou, Cubitt, London (both 2010). Recent group exhibitions include: You are not alone, Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona; Based in Berlin, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; The End of Money, Witte de With, Rotterdam and I Know Something About Love, Parasol Unit, London (2011).

Alexander Singh (1980) was born in Bordeaux, he lives and works in New York. He has studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford University (1998–2001), School of Visual Arts in New York (2003–2005) and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (2006).
Alexandre Singh explores a variety of media and exhibition formats, working in literature, collages, installations and performances. His works often combine elements of reality with fiction, reassessing historical and narrative conventions and questioning systems of knowledge and interpretation.
Since 2007, Alexander Singh has had solo exhibitions in New York, Lisbon, Rome, San Francisco, Paris and Berlin. Since 2001, he has been participating in numerous group exhibitions in USA, Hong Kong and Europe. He has given performances all over the world.
He is an author of the novel The Marque of the Third Stripe (2007) and numerous other short stories.

Liz Wells (1948) writes and lectures on photographic practices. She edited The Photography Reader (2003), and Photography: A Critical Introduction (2009, 4th ed.) and is also co-editor of photographies, Routledge journals. Publications on landscape include Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity (2011).
Exhibitions as curator include Facing East, Contemporary Landscape Photography from Baltic Areas (UK tour 2004–2007), Chrystel Lebas and Sofija Silvia – Conversations on Nature (Rijeka, Croatia, 2011) and Landscapes of Exploration, recent British art from Antarctica (Plymouth, 2012). She is guest curator for an exhibition of landscape photography from European Union nations (BOZAR, Brussels, 2012).
She is Professor in Photographic Culture, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, UK, and convenes the research group for Land/Water and the Visual Arts. www.landwater-research.co.uk

7 October 2011, at 15:00


7 October 2011 – 7 October 2011



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Loengud: Daniele Monticelli, Liz Wells


Moderaator: Adam Budak


Paneeldiskussioon: Becky Beasley, Stefan Burger, Sunah Choi, Dénes Farkas, Caroline Heider, Tatiana Lecomte, Christodoulos Panayiotou ja Alexandre Singh