For quite some time we have been trying to get Yngve Holen to give a course at ACSA. Finally it worked out. Lucky us, Lucky you! Yngve was born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1982 and raised in Norway. He studied architecture in Vienna, before going on to complete his Meisterschüler in Art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.
Yngve's work draws upon recent industrial technologies and their relationships to production engineering, problems of replaceability, the consumer experience, and the images and discourses through which all these are represented. He stretches these notions to a point where an absurdity, insufficiency, or questionable status becomes evident. Let’s face it: our most crucial need - water - cannot be scanned and produced via 3D printing. Or not yet, at least.
“Holen shows that digital technology is an extension of industrial manufacturing, and that, like the body itself, our experience of both is characterised by the possibility for enhancement and the risk of vulnerability”, says 032c.com. We agree, and are very much looking forward to the week with Yngve here!
Week 3 / Tour(engl.) – Elise Lammer
Elise Lammer (b. 1982 in Lausanne, Switzerland, lives and works in Berlin) was trained as a fine artist in Barcelona and holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London.
Alongside other experimental curatorial projects, her long term exhibition series, Hotel Palenque, is a nomadic programme of newly commissioned contemporary art projects focusing on producing and presenting works by emerging artists on a single A0 non-reproducible print. The selected artists explore ideas around the notions of originality, distribution of information and mediation systems. Hotel Palenque’s fundamental principle is grounded on collaboration and advocates for reciprocal and organic development.
She is the host and founder of Kunsthalle Roveredo, an artists residency programme and exhibition space located in Graubunden, Switzerland, and the curator of Post Digital Cultures, a yearly symposium exploring the relationship between art and new media, commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and Les Urbaines Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Recent projects include: The forgotten memory guide IV/IX, Fahrenheit Foundation, Los Angeles (2014); Hotel Palenque: Christopher Kulendran Thomas, artgenève, Geneva (2014); Friday, with Katharina Fengler, Sonia Kacem and Charlotte Herzig at Autocenter, Berlin (2014) (curated with Samuel Leuenberger)
In 2011 and 2012, she was guest curator of Les Urbaines Festival, Lausanne. In 2012, she was guest curator of the Peckham Artist Moving Image Festival, London. In 2014, she will curate the special projects section of Art Geneve and Art-o-rama in Marseille. In Autumn 2014, she becomes the associate curator of SALTS in Basel.
She is a regular contributor to Novembre Magazine, Lausanne/Paris and Artlicks, London.
Week 3 / Lecture(engl.) – Andreas Koch
Andreas Koch is an amazing multitasker; being an artist, a graphic designer, a former gallerist and editor of the art magazine „von hundert“ based in Berlin. He was and is teaching at various institutions as UdK Berlin, KHB Weissensee or at HfBK Dresden and Goldrausch. From 1996 until 2004 he ran the Berlin gallery „Koch und Kesslau“ together with Sybille Kesslau; they participated at various art fairs; from Art Forum Berlin, Frieze London to Art Basel Miami Beach. As an artists he received a number of stipends; among others twice the Berliner Arbeitsstipendium des Senats (2000, 2001), from Kunstfonds Bonn (2008) and from Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. Since 2006 he is editor and author at “von hundert” - a Berlin artzine initially founded together with Kito Nedo and now run together with Barbara Buchmaier (who can hopefully join in that night!) that takes quite a critical perspective on Berlins art scene. Andreas is also member of the Alliance International des Critiques d’Arts (AICA).
Since 2011 Johan Holten is director of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and already before that he got a lot of attention for his outstanding curatorial practice. We are very glad, he will manage to give a lecture and just dare to quote only from two jury decisions of awards he received: „ This prize [...] was awarded [...] for "outstanding exhibitions and educational activities". In granting the award, the jury noted that between 2006 and 2011 curator Johan Holten and his small team had developed in a particularly intelligent way a compelling program of supra-regional appeal that combined astute social-political commentary with stunning aesthetic power.“ (http://www.heidelberg-marketing.com/culture/museums/heidelberg-art-society.html) And: „[…] The award acknowledges outstanding curatorial achievements in German-speaking countries […]. The jury honours the original and conclusive idea how the immediate past of contemporary art is being brought to light. So would archaeological approaches find the entrance to the art of today - a similar action in this form had never been done before.“ (http://www.kunsthalle-baden-baden.de/news-en-US/new-newsentry-11-en-US/) Nothing to add.