Sunday 20 March 2011. Part of Screenings.
With this event ADA focused on the position of the artist within the visual arts discourse, featuring Show & Tell: The Politics of Silence and the Power of Discourse, a documentary film by recent Piet Zwart Institute Master of Fine Art graduates, and an interview with artist Edgar Schmitz.
Show & Tell is a documentary film which charts the current status of discourse production in the field of art making. Currently there appears to be an overwhelming presence of symposia, artist talks and panel discussions, that accompany presentations of visual arts. Simply speaking, there is the seeming paradox of a visual field being preoccupied by talking. Does this reflect an urgency to articulate a new set of criteria, positions, players or centers? Are these discursive occasions expanding, bypassing or replacing our ideas of the exhibition, and our ability to imagine the art-work? In the film artists such as Martha Rosler, Jeff Wall and Pierre Bismuth, as well as curators and critics such as Jan Verwoert and Anselm Franke describe their position within artistic discourse and their take on these questions. Show and Tell is a Piet Zwart Institute production and was produced as a collaborative project by students and documentary film maker Hila Peleg.
Following the screening of the film, artist Marnie Slater, a key collaborator on the film, interviewed London based artist Edgar Schmitz about his work. Schmitz, has described himself as ‘an artist working on the politics of confusion and ambient attitudes’. In his work he explores the new possibilities that open up when the sites and insitutional structures of artistic and curatorial production are reconfigured. He is also the co-director of the platform A Conversation in Many Parts, an international discursive platform for contemporary art. Recent exhibitions include British Art Show 7 – In The Days of the Comet, Hayward Gallery and touring (2010/11), extra added bonus material, FormContent (2010), Dictionary of War, Steirischer Herbst Graz (2006); A-C-A-D-E-M-Y, Vanabbemuseum Eindhoven (2006); and Liam Gillick: ‘Edgar Schmitz’, ICA London (2005). He has also written extensively on contemporary art, with contributions to Kunstforum international, Texte zur Kunst and artforum as well as contemporary, tema celeste and numerous catalogue essays, including texts on Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Phil Collins, on Brian Jungen’s animalities, on humour in Deleuze and Slominski, and on Sarah Morris’ LA. His book on Ambient Attitudes is under negotiation with Sternberg Press, Berlin/ NY.
With thanks to the Master of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University for their kind permission to screen the film.