Jacob Kok, Studio Žižić/Kožul
Location: Theater Kikker
Brands, fashion and entertainment are shifting their goals to satisfy their consumers’ desire for authenticity. The middle class and its idealization of consumerism have lead to a whole array of “authentic” practices that have become part in every single aspect of our everyday lives. Bloggers are the new fashion icons, series are fan-based phenomena, and tourism is articulated as the experience of the real. From advertising to pop culture, an genuine present itself as a ready-to-go commodity.
At the beginning of the talk Dan Rees’ video “Stimulate Surprise” will be shown.
Dan Rees― Artist
Dan Rees (b. 1982 Swansea, U.K.) lives and works in London. Rees studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 2007-9, and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2004. Rees’ solo exhibitions include: ‘Road Back to Relevance’, Nomas Foundation, Rome (2016); ‘Depressed Earth’, Múrias Centeno, Lisbon (2016); ‘Stimulate Surprise’, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2015); ‘Kelp’, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (2013); ‘Gravel Master’, Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas (2013); ‘Dan Rees’, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2013); ‘Top Heavy’, T293, Rome (2013); ‘High Tea’, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2013); ‘Kelp’, MOSTYN, Wales (2013); ‘In the ghetto it gets cold but we’ve got something to warm our soles’, Baronian Francey, Brussels (2012); ‘Cryogenic Blue’, T293, Rome (2012); ‘Shakin’ Peg Rails (And The Sunsets)’, Wallspace, New York (2011); ‘French Cricket’, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2010); ‘They Don’t Make Them Like This Anymore’, T293, Naples (2009).
Florian Gross― Moderator
Florian Groß teaches American Studies at Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany), where he is currently finishing his Ph.D. thesis “Negotiating Creativity in Post-Network Television Series.” Next to American television culture, his research interests include comics and graphic novels, contemporary literature, questions of authenticity in relation to contemporary notions of creativity, and the cultural history of New York City. He is co-editor of The Aesthetics of Authenticity: Medial Constructions of the Real (2012) and has published articles on the television series 30 Rock, Michael Chabon’s novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and New York City’s High Line.
Studio Žižić / Kožul― Artist
Damir Žižić and Kristian Kožul, known jointly as Žižić/Kožul, are a Croatian-German artist duo whose work utilizes the language of commercialism and tourist culture as the basis for social commentary and new insights on long-developing ideologies.
Jacob Kok― Artist
Independent designer Jacob Kok investigates the relationship between fashion and technology. Inspired by digital techniques, physical boundaries are being questioned and virtual models come to life in vibrant presentations. This year, Jacob worked on his first film, a 40-minute documentary movie called See the Light, in which he interviews fellow designers and other experts about the influence of virtual reality on shaping human identity.