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Conference: February 29 – March 2, 2008
Exhibition: February 29 – May 25, 2008

OUR LITERAL SPEED
DER PERFORMATIVE DISKURS

A Conference at ZKM_Lecture hall and ZKM_Media Theater with an accompanying Exhibition at ZKM | Media Museum, Atrium 8
Opening: Friday, February 29, 6pm at ZKM_Foyer

Intro
Symposium
Exhibition
Information auf deutsch
www.ourliteralspeed.com

::: Participants [A-H] [J-Z]

Art & Language
The Concept Art collective Art & Language were founded by Terry Atkinson, Michael Baldwin, David Bainbridge and Harold Hurrell, in 1968. There had been a continual influx of new members in England as well as in America (among others Joseph Kosuth, Ian Burn, Charles Harrison, Philip Pilkington, Mel Ramsden, David Rushton, Graham Howard, Terry Smith), until the American part of the collective dissolved, in 1976. The programmatically oriented artist’s group works primarily according to an art-theoretical approach and presents texts and models in exhibitions, which summarize the respective status of the group-internal discussion. Instead of the programmatic legitimation of an art production, the ongoing concern of Art & Language has been the differentiation of the theoretical approach. Until today numerous manuscripts, theoretical publications and texts have been produced but also paintings, drawings and installations. The self-appointed task of the collective to present art which reflects on art within an artistic context continues unchanged until today – however, the share of the visible as opposed to the readable has substantially increased.

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Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin (New York) has achieved considerable renown through his lectures on Mondrian '63-'96 (1986-1987) and his Theses on Copies (2003).

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John Bock
Born in Gribbohm/Germany, in 1965, lives and works in Berlin. The artist is chiefly known for his spectacular, comic-grotesque actions wherein theatre, performance, lectures, video, installation and sculpture interact with one another in a unique way. More recently there has been an increased production of film and video work. Bock participated in numerous international exhibitions, among others the Venice Biennial (1999 and 2005), the documenta 11 in Kassel (2002) and the Manifesta 5 in San Sebastian (2004). Solo exhibitions have been dedicated to his work, among others at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000), the ICA in London (2005) and the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2007). John Bock has been professor for sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Karlsruhe since 2004.

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Tania Bruguera
Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1968. The work of the artist, who lives both in Havana and Chicago, is a reflection of the relationship between politics and power and takes up the themes of migration and post-colonialism, examining religious questions, as well as the context of her own cultural life. With her spatial installations, performance-and video works, Bruguera was represented, among others, at the documenta 11 (2002) in Kassel, at the biennials in Istanbul (2003), Shanghai (2004), Tirana (2005), Venice (2001, 2005) and Göteborg (2007). Tania Bruguera is presently teaching at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

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Julia Bryan-Wilson
Julia Bryan-Wilson is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History and the PhD Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She was a recipient of a 2007 Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and her writing has appeared in publications such as the Art Bulletin, Artforum, Frieze, Modern Painters, and Oxford Art Journal. Her book Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era is forthcoming from the University of California Press.

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Anthony Cokes
Born in the USA, in 1956. Since the mid 1980s countless video works and installations have appeared, such as Black Celebration (1988) or Fade to Black (1990). In his works, Tony Cokes analyses the influence of race, gender and class on personal, cultural as well as historical constructions of identity. Cokes received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation – his video work and multimedia installations were exhibited, among others, at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2002), at the Helsinki City Art Museum (2003), at the Werkleitz Biennial in Halle (2004) and in the Society for Cotemporary Art Bremen (2002/2005) and presently at the Kunstverein Karlsruhe (2008). Cokes is teaching at the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, in New York.

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Darby English
Darby English gained his PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. He is presently teaching as Assistant Professor for Art History at the University of Chicago. His current areas of specialization are in the rhetorics of abstraction, in sociality and aesthetics, in the politics of modernism and in contemporary historiography. Among his publications to date are: How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness (2007) and Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress (ed. Darby English et al., 2003).

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Andrea Fraser
Born in Billings Montana, in 1965, lives and works in New York. Since the mid 1980s, in her performances, "gallery talks", videos, essays, installations and "services" Andrea Fraser has been conducting a critical examination of the forms of presentation, the hierarchies and the mechanisms of exclusion within the art industry. Her works, which have been associated with the legacy of the critique of institutions and the specificities of place, have been represented at international biennials as well as in numerous solo-and group exhibitions in American and European museums – recently, among others, at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2007), at the Tate Modern, London (2006/07), at KW Berlin (2006/07) and at P.S.1 MoMA (2006).

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Rainer Ganahl
Born in Bludenz in Austria, in 1961 and has been resident in New York since 1990. He studied at the Academy of Applied Art in Vienna under Peter Weibel and at the Arts Academy of the City of Dusseldorf under Nam June Paik; he is presently professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. As concept artist Ganahl focuses on questions of politics, contemporary history, and mentalities as well as on language and media. His works have been represented in international group-and solo exhibitions and have been shown several times the Venice Biennial. His presence at the exhibition New York - States of Mind (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin/Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2007/08), clearly indicates Ganahl’s rootedness in the New York art scene.

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Boris Groys
Born in East Berlin, in 1947 and immigrated to the FRG in 1981. After receiving a series of grants and guest professorships in Germany and the US he gained his PhD in Münster, in 1992. Since 1994 Groys has been professor of philosophy and media theory at the State Academy of Art and Design Karlsruhe and, since 2001, Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Groys’ research interests have focused especially on the Russian avant-garde, the art of Stalinism and the aesthetic-intellectual concepts of post-Communism. Among other publications in recent years are Groysaufnahme. Philosophische Gedanken zum Film (2007), Das kommunistische Postskriptum (2005), Politik der Unsterblichkeit. Vier Gespräche mit Thomas Knöfel (2002), Unter Verdacht. Eine Phänomenologie der Medien (2000), Die Kunst der Installation (mit Ilja Kabakow, 1996), Über das Neue (1992).

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Charles Harrison
Since 1971 Charles Harrison has been a member of the group Art & Language, which places the differentiation of its theoretical approach at the forefront of its activities. He has been editor of the journal Art-Language since 1971. Presently Harrison teaches as professor of art history at the Open University (UK). In recent years he has published, among others, Homes from Home II (co-authored with Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden Art & Language, 2006), Painting the Difference: Sex and Spectator in Modern Art (2005), Art & Language: writings since 1980 (co-authored with Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden Art & Language, 2005), Conceptual Art and Painting (2001). Furthermore, Harrison is co-editor with Paul Wood, of Art in Theory 1900-2000 (2002), Art in Theory 1815-1900 (1998) as well as Art in Theory 1648-1815 (2000).

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Sharon Hayes
Born in the USA, in 1970, lives and works in New York. Sharon Hayes’ video works, installations and performances examine the influence of history, politics and space on the collective as well as the individual formation of the subject. For this purpose, she has developed conceptual and methodological approaches which she evolves from artistic and academic contexts such as theatre, anthropology, linguistics or journalism. Her works have been shown, among others, in the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2007), the Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2007), in the Generali Foundation, Vienna (2007), in the Tate Modern, London (2007), in The Moore Space, Miami (2005), at the Biennial Vrsac (2004) and in P.S.1 MoMA, Long Island (2000).

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Christopher P. Heuer
Born in New York, in 1972, lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey. After teaching at the Getty Research Institute, the University of Washington and Columbia University, Christopher P. Heuer has been teaching as Assistant Professor at the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University since 2007. After publishing numerous essays on architecture and art history the title of his forthcoming book (to be published in June 2008) is The City Rehearsed: Print, Performance, and the Architectural Imaginaries of Hans Vredeman de Vries.

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