Theory Course - Week 1/2 / Course (engl.) –
Jennifer Allen and Thibaut de Ruyter

Exhibition making: from a to b and back again

This two-week course is designed for critics, curators, exhibition designers, theoricians as well as artists who are interested in the history of exhibitions. It is specifically designed to encourage observation of architecture and space and how this both influences and inhibits the staging of artworks.

The first week will consider how buildings reflect aesthetic theories: from Kant to O'Doherty to our digital present. Berlin's Altes Museum designed by Schinkel will provide the starting point for the lecture tour of exhibition sites within Berlin.

The second week will focus on the reality of making exhibitions in a space, and the importance of scenography. The rise of "narrative spaces" and the current fusion stages that were once kept architecturally separate: museums, theatres, musical performances, among others play a strong role in this discourse.

To unite discursive and pragmatic concerns, the course will be given by the art critic and author Jennifer Allen and the architect and curator Thibaut de Ruyter. Participants will gain an overview of the history of exhibitions in theory and practice as well as practical insights into the presentation of artworks/ concepts. In this discursive, concentrated and focused workshop. Don’t plan too much aside for these two weeks – it’s going to be intense!

You should definitely not miss Jennifer talking about how we are talking about art:

Please also check Thibaut's website for further info:

Theory Course - Week 1/2 / Tour (engl.) –
Mareike Dittmer and Anne Schwanz

We just had to ask lovely Mareike Dittmer to create a tour for this year’s ACSA. Mareike actually knows everything and everyone in the Berlin but also international art scene – nope, we are not exaggerating here! In fact she kind of has to – not only since she is the co-founder and co-publisher of frieze d/e - together with Jörg Heiser. She has frequently collaborated with artists for text-based interventions and has contributed to publications as well as exhibition projects in various institutional and commercial spaces in Europe. She studied Communication Sciences, Cultural Studies and Sociology at the UDK Berlin Mareike Dittmer. We are so looking forward to what she will decide is worthwhile seeing, visiting, and getting to know in and about Berlin…

Theory Course - Week 1/2 / Lecture (engl.) –
Ulrich Loock, Martin Germann, Mod. by Jennifer Allen

Ulrich Loock is a freelance curator, university lecturer and art critic based in Berlin.

Martin Germann has been the Senior Curator at S.M.A.K. Ghent since 2012.

Theory Course - Week 1/2 / Lecture (engl.) –
Armen Avanessian

We are really looking forward to the lecture with Armen Avanessian! We won't copy all of the information, but will just give you all the best links you'll want to check. First, his website:

...And also a project that we hope to get a sneak peak of: His reflections on the intersections between art and capital provided the impetus for curated by_vienna 2015: Philosopher Armen Avanessian's epynomous essay "Tomorrow Today" addresses artistic strategies for a post-capitalist era. Avanessian explores future (and already existing) alternative models of art and economy.":

Theory Course - Week 1/2 / Tour (engl.) –
Elise Lammer and Eva Wilson

You will often see these two names together Elise Lammer / Eva Wilson They look at systems of love, art and philosophy“ and have been know to produce concepts such as “What is the HD powder of the art world?” In which they explore the way in which social media is being used by artists to transform their everyday lives into an artistic statements. Blurring the lines between exhibitionism and art making. Different from historical cults of (artist-) personality, they understand today’s commoditization of the self as preceding or replacing the creation of the artefact." Well then! After an amazing tour Elise gave at last year’s ACSA; we can’t wait to have them cooperating and inventing a tour together for us this year!

This is a short list of their endeavors:

Eva is as well artistic director at Schinkel Pavilion as part of the excellence cluster at FU Berlin since 2012. She studied Art History and Philosophy at FU and HU in Berlin. From 2011 – 2013 she has been assistant curator at Kunststiftung Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna.

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Elise was born 1982 in Lausanne, Switzerland; she 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. She is the host and founder of Kunsthalle Roveredo, an artist’s residency programme and exhibition space located in Graubunden, Switzerland. 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. In Autumn 2014, she became the associate curator of SALTS in Basel. She is a regular contributor to Novembre Magazine, Lausanne/Paris and Artlicks, London... And we know already, that she has been nominated for the Swiss Art Award 2015 – and keep our fingers crossed!!

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