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Frieze Talks 2012

Kasper König in conversation with Jochen Volz


Thursday 11 October: 1.30pm

As a co-founder of Sculpture Projects Munster and Director of Cologne’s Museum Ludwig, Kasper König has been a central figure in art since the 1960s. Jochen Volz is the new Head of Programmes at London’s Serpentine Gallery after eight years at Instituto Inhotim, Brazil. Here they discuss five decades of curating and how art has been transformed from a small world
into a big industry.

  • Kasper König (Director, Museum Ludwig, Cologne)
  • Jochen Volz (Head of Programmes, Serpentine Gallery and Contributing Editor, frieze, London)
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Strolling with the Zeitgeist: Five Decades


Thursday 11 October: 5pm

Brian O’Doherty is an influential artist, critic, editor and Booker-shortlisted novelist whose career has spanned over five decades. For his talk, O’Doherty discusses the evolution of his ideas and the central role both creativity and research play in his work.

  • Brian O’Doherty (Artist, Critic and Novelist, New York and Todi, Italy)
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Deeply Superficial


12 October 2012: 1.30pm

The panel focuses on the aesthetic and economic phenomenon of the stock image, increasingly adopted as source material for art. With particular focus on its use in sculpture and installation, the panel asks what meaning this kind of recuperation may have and how it might lead to new ways
of understanding the rhetorical, digitally modified image.

  • Lauren Cornell (Writer and Curator, NewYork)
  • Oliver Laric (Artist, Berlin)
  • Martin Westwood (Artist, London)
  • Chair: Isobel Harbison (Curator and Writer, London)
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Lynne Tillman


Friday 12 October: 5pm

Lynne Tillman is a fiction writer and cultural critic. Her novels include American Genius, A Comedy (2006), No Lease on Life (1998), Cast in Doubt (1992), Motion Sickness (1991) and Haunted Houses (1987). She has published three volumes of short stories, the latest of which, Someday This Will Be Funny (2011), was made into an artist’s edition by Jim Hodges. As a critic she has written extensively on art and is a regular columnist for frieze magazine. For Frieze Talks she speaks about the relationship between imagination and criticism.

  • Lynne Tillman (Critic and Novelist, New York )
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Being Difficult: a panel on Refusal and Responsibility


Saturday 13 October: 1.30pm

Where there is no consensus among artists, critics and curators on professional standards or ethical principles, how does refusal come to define responsibility and vice versa? When does refusal protect the work that artists do, and when does it become an excuse masking other motives, particularly in the Middle East?

  • Hassan Khan (Artist, Cairo)
  • Akram Zaatari (Artist, Beirut)
  • Vasif Kortun (Director of Research and Programs, SALT, Istanbul)
  • Chair: Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (Writer, Beirut)
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John Waters in conversation with Jennifer Higgie


Saturday 13 October: 5pm

John Waters (b. 1946) is an American filmmaker, actor, writer and visual artist, christened by William Burroughs as the ‘Pope of Trash’. His films include: Divine, Hairpsray, Multiple Maniacs and Pink Flamingos. He is the author o several books inlcuding Art: A Sex Book and Role Models. Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Wexner Center International Arts Advisory Council, and has previously served on the board of The Andy Warhol Foundation and Printed Matter. In 2011, he was selected as a juror for the Venice Biennale.

  • John Waters (Film Director and Artist, Baltimore)
  • Jennifer Higgie (Editor, frieze magazine)

Attention! Criticism and its Distractions


Sunday 14 October: 1.30pm

Writing about art is a way of paying attention to the world, but also a distraction from it. At a time when we are frequently told that traditional modes and spans of attention are in decline, the panel asks what kinds of concentration and what sorts of distraction are at work in art criticism today.

  • Orit Gat (Writer, Editor and Translator, Brooklyn)
  • Joshua Cohen (Novelist and Critic, New York and Berlin)
  • Marina Warner (Writer, Novelist and Critic, London)
  • Chair: Brian Dillon (Writer and UK Editor, Cabinet, London)
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Tino Sehgal in conversation with Jörg Heiser


Sunday 14 October: 4pm

With his current project at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Tino Sehgal brings his distinctive artistic approach to London. The artist works with nothing but ‘interpreters’, as he prefers to call them, acting out concrete gestures and utterances in the exhibition space. Jörg Heiser joins Sehgal to discuss the way he has transformed the relationship between conceptualism, choreography and the art object.

  • Tino Sehgal (Artist, Berlin)
  • Jörg Heiser (Co-Editor, frieze, Berlin)

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