David Joselit, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Oliver Laric, Harm van den Dorpel
Location: Theater Kikker
The cheapness, fidelity and volume of reproduction made possible by new technologies have irrevocably changed the status of the work of art. A certain part of artworks can be ripped, mixed and re-contextualised in a more active, open and accessible way. As a result, culture has become more atomised and granular. Increasingly, digital environments and social media are allowing audiences to participate in the creation of media and culture independently of traditional media organisations. Usership has become the new authorship. On top of that, the hyper-circulation of images has unraveled into new conditions of visuality, where the question of speed, scale and saturation as opposed to representation, are key.
What matters is how widely something is disseminated, how rapidly it goes from one place to another and the scale at which this can happen. One consequence of this cultural bricolage is an assault on traditional notions of ownership, copyright, plagiarism and fair use. What are the limits and what are the risks?
Sam Smith― Artist
Sam Smith currently lives and works in London. Solo projects include Whitechapel, London (upcoming); The Telfer Gallery for Glasgow International (2016); Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, Portugal; Screen Space, Melbourne; Australian Centre for Moving Image, Melbourne (all 2015); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and the Artists’ Film Biennial at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (both 2014). His latest project was the two person collaborative exhibition ‘¬⊙×’ with Andrea Zucchini at Assembly Point, London. He participated in ‘Ways of Looking’, Gallery of Contemporary Art, E-WERK, Freiburg (2016); ‘Your Time Is Not My Time’, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; ‘this place is really nowhere’ at Jupiter Woods, London; Framework 6: parallelisms, insitu, Berlin; and ‘How far is here’, MAGO, Norway (all 2015). Soda_Jerk and Sam Smith have worked together on various videos, such as The Was (2016), Astro Black: A History of Hip Hop (Episode 1) (2008) and Hollywood Burn (2006).
Ana Texeira Pinto― Speaker
Ana Teixeira Pinto is a writer from Lisbon currently living in Berlin. She is currently a lecturer at the UdK (Universität der Kunste) Berlin and her writings have appeared in publications such as e-flux journal, Art-Agenda, Mousse, Frieze/de, Domus, Inaesthetics, Manifesta Journal, and Texte zur Kunst.
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a 2-person art collective that works with sampled material. Taking the form of videos, cut-up texts and lecture performances, their archival practice is at the interzone of documentary and speculative fiction. Soda_Jerk are based in New York where their work was recently shown in a dedicated program at Anthology Film Archives. They have collaborated with Sam Smith, VNS Matrix, and The Avalanches, and are part of the collective that run Brooklyn microcinema Spectacle Theater. Soda_Jerk and Sam Smith have worked together on various videos, such as The Was (2016), Astro Black: A History of Hip Hop (Episode 1) (2008) and Hollywood Burn (2006).
David Joselit― Speaker
David Joselit is a historian, critic, educator and former curator. Prior to joining The Graduate Center at the City University of New York as a Distinguished Professor, Joselit taught at Yale University in the Department of Art History for a decade, where from 2006 to 2009 he served as department Chair. A prolific and at times polarizing writer, he has authored and edited many books and essays including the widely read After Art, and Painting Beside Itself. He is an editor at the journal October, and regular contributor to Artforum. Joselit’s art-historical work has approached the history and theory of image circulation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from a variety of perspectives, from Marcel Duchamp’s strategy of the readymade to the mid-twentieth ecology of television, video art, and media activism.
Harm van den Dorpel― Speaker
Harm van den Dorpel is a Berlin-based conceptual artist using his work to investigate aesthetic hierarchies and cybernetic organisations of art and contemporary visual culture in general. He explores how intuitive associative expression, and algorithmically structured information systems can operate in hybrid. His practice spans sculpture, collage, animation and websites. He is regarded as a key figure in Post-Internet art. He is interested in systems of language, art, and the internet. While much of his work exists as ephemeral Web sites that he programs, such as Deli Near Info, an online curatorial project or “algorithmic studio,” he also creates multimedia work for the gallery space, including layered wall pieces and psychedelic-colored sculptures in printed plastic. With an interest in the philosophy of technology, Van den Dorpel explores the tension between physical artworks and digital platforms to think about the way we organize information today.
Annet Dekker― Moderator
Annet Dekker is Assistant Professor Media Studies: Archival and Information Studies at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor and co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University.
Oliver Laric― Speaker
Oliver Laric’s work deals with historical and contemporary ideas relating to image hierarchies. It proposes that current methods of creative production challenge the hierarchy of an authentic or aural ‘original’ image. The interplay and issues in regard to authenticity and distribution are at the very core of Larics’ work. He seamlessly displays the paradoxical positions artists are faced with currently, and comes with challenging new proposals on how to deal with these issues.