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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]

Matthew Jesse Jackson
Born in 1969 in Birmingham, Alabama, Matthew Jesse Jackson gained his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley; he has been Assistant Professor in the Departments of Visual Arts and Art History at the University of Chicago since 2005. His book The Experimental Group: Ilya Kabakov, Moscow Conceptualism, Soviet Avant-Gardes is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.

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Jackson Pollock Bar
The Jackson Pollock Bar is a performance business for theory installations founded in 1993. The playback performances on aesthetic discourse of fine arts and theater staged by Christian Matthiessen treat the themes of systems theory in particular. The actors are Martin Horn and Peter Cieslinski, Anna Wouters and Gotthard Lange. Regular cooperations with the British Concept Art group Art & Language have been taking place since 1995; the Jackson Pollock Bar has been located at the Freiburg Theater since 1996. The works of the Jackson Pollock Bar have been shown, among others, at the Getty Foundation Los Angeles (2004), Schauspielhaus Zürich (2003), Lisson Gallery, London (2003), Volksbühne Berlin (2001), ZKM | Karlsruhe (2000, 2007), P.S. 1 New York (1999) and at documenta X (1997).

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David Joselit
The art historian and critic, David Joselit, has been professor at the Department of Art History at Yale University since 2003 and has been chairman of the department since 2006. In his numerous publications, ranging from the Dada movement up to the topicality of globalization and New Media Joselit has repeatedly treated key points of contemporary art. His current book Feedback: Television Against Democracy (2007) deals with television as a closed, anti-democratic system which, since the 1960s, has repeatedly been subverted by video artists and media activists. Further book publications have included, among others, American Art Since 1945 (2003) and Infinite Regress: Marcel Duchamp 1910-1941 (1998).

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Juliet Koss
Juliet Koss teaches as Assistant Professor of Art History at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Her special areas of research are European modernity of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, architecture and affiliated fields as well as German and Russian aesthetic and artistic practices. Koss has received numerous awards and international grants for her scientific work, among others, at the Getty Research Institute Los Angeles and the Humboldt Foundation Berlin. In this year’s spring she will be a visiting scholar in residence at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal; in spring 2009 she will be on a grant at the American Academy in Berlin; in summer 2009 she will be Rudolf Arnheim-Professor at the Humboldt University Berlin. After publishing numerous essays, her forthcoming book Modernism after Wagner will be published this year by The University of Minnesota Press.

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Miwon Kwon
Miwon Kwon is Associate Professor at the Department of Art History at the University of California and researches on contemporary art, architecture, public art and urban studies. Alongside her curatorial activities at the Whitney Museum of American Art, she was co-founder and editor of Documents, a journal of art, culture, and criticism (1992 - 2004); she is, furthermore, member of the advisory board of the journal October. In addition to her book publication One Place After Another: Site-Specific art and Locational Identity (2002) she has also published numerous essays, among others, on the artistic positions of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Christian Marclay, Ana Mendieta, Do-Ho Suh, Mark Dion, Gabriel Orozco, Jimmie Durham, Christian Philipp Müller and Josiah McElheny.

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Porter McCray
Porter McCray is a member of staff at the Museum of American Art in Berlin. He held his lecture MoMA and The International Program for the first time in December 2006 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade in the context of the exhibition Modern Art in the USA. He held the lecture once again on the occasion of the opening of Documenta II at the Kunsthaus Dresden in June, 2007.

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Janice Misurell-Mitchell
Janice Misurell-MItchell, the sound designer (voice/flute) for I Do Not Want to See That At My Breakfast Table is a composer, flutist and performance artist. She is also Artistic Co-director of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble in Chicago. A member of the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she has had her works featured at the Randspiele Festival in Berlin, the Festival of Winds in Novara, Italy, the Robert Helps Festival at the University of South Florida, the National Flute Association Conventions, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and at Carnegie Hall. Her music is available through MMC Recordings, OPUS ONE Recordings, Capstone Records, and Arizona University Recordings.

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W. J. T. Mitchell
The media- art and literary scholar W. J. T. Mitchell is professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. As an editor of the Critical Inquiry, he published special issues on public art, psychoanalysis, pluralism, race and identity as well as post-colonial theory. He has received numerous awards and research grants for his scholarly work, among others, the Morey Prize in art history, awarded by the College Art Association of America as well as the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching of Chicago University. His publications include, among others, The late Derrida (ed., 2007) What Do Pictures Want? (2005), The Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural Icon (1998), The Picture Theory (1994) and Pictorial Turn (1992).

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Hila Peleg
Hila Peleg lives and works as a freelance curator in Berlin. Together with Anselm Franke, Adam Budak and Raqs Media Collective she will be curating this year’s Manifesta 7 in Trentino. Hila Peleg and Anselm Franke have cooperated before in the exhibitions The Imaginary Number at KW Berlin (2005) and Clinic - A Pathology of Gesture at Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin (2006). Furthermore, Peleg has organized and co-curated several international projects, which have focused on art-and cultural practice in the Middle East. Peleg is the director of the film version of The Trial by Anton Vidokle and Tirdad Zolghadr, titled A Crime Against Art (UNP Berlin, 2007).

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Andrew Perchuk
Andrew Perchuk has been working as Assistant Director for Contemporary Programs and Research at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, since 2003. In addition to the organization and moderation of numerous scientific conferences, Perchuk has, among others, curated the exhibitions Matter of Time (Dorsky Gallery, New York, 1999), The Masculine Masquerade (co-curator Helaine Posner, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, 1995; accompanying book publication: The Masculine Masquerade, Andrew Perchuk and Helaine Posner, eds., 1995) and Maureen Connor: Discreet Objects (Alternative Museum, 1994). As a writer, he made regular contributions to Artforum between 1992 and 2000, and was editorial member of Documents between 1999 and 2004. He has received several awards and research grants for his scientific work, among others, from the National Endowment for the Arts, Museum Program, and from the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

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The Project of the New American Century
The Project for the New American Century is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle. The Project for the New American Century intends, through issue briefs, research papers, advocacy journalism, conferences, and seminars, to explain what American world leadership entails. It will also strive to rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international involvement and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world.

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Tino Sehgal
Born in London, in 1976, the artist studied choreography and economics in Berlin and Essen and presently lives and works in Berlin. Tino Sehgal’s works take shape only in the moment in which the viewers encounter them. For this purpose, the artist uses interpreters who establish contact with the visitors in the form of movement, spoken word or song. He thus substitutes the material production of objects by temporary works of body, space and time. The works, which are only realized in museums or in exhibitions can be purchased and performed over months during opening times – however, they are neither filmed nor photographically documented. In addition to numerous solo-and group exhibitions, Tino Sehgal was, among others, represented in the German Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennial (2005) with his works This is so contemporary und This is exchange.

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The Size Queens
Founded in 1983 by Adam Klein, The Size Queens were dormant for many years, while Klein wrote a book of short stories and a novel (The Medicine Burns and Tiny Ladies, both published by Serpent's Tail), completed an artist's monograph on Jerome Caja, and produced four full-length albums with the bands Roman Evening and Glasstown. Eventually Klein and longtime musical collaborator Michael Mullen resurrected The Size Queens with poet Nicole Brodsky and musicians Chip Dalby, Carlos Forster, Hannah Marcus, Tim Mooney, Abel Mouton, John Murry, and Dale Pickard. Klein is currently a Fulbright scholar in India.

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Anton Vidokle
Born in Moscow, in 1965, lives and works in Berlin. unitednationsplaza is Vidokle’s current project in Berlin: an art institute, which is designed as an independent university, as a school as well an exhibition and thus has a radical level of openness. In cooperation with approx. 60 artists, public events, publications, symposiums etc are developed with reference to contemporary art, politics and critical theory. Additional, more recently developed projects by Anton Vidokle include the Martha Rosler Library and the e-flux video rentals. Each of them works by "direct" dissemination and initial contact with the public, which is often problematic for the institutions due to their obligation to also "protect" the works that they present from the public. Hila Peleg’s video work The Crime of Art (2007) was developed on the basis of Anton Vidokle’s and Tirdad Zolgdhar’s The Trial at the International Contemporary Art Experts Forum at the ARCO in Madrid.

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Anne M. Wagner
Born in Connecticut USA, in 1949. Anne M. Wagner has been teaching as professor for modern and contemporary art at the University of California in Berkeley since 1988. Her research activities focus on thematic fields such as the aesthetics of John Heartfield’s montage, cybernetics and the art of the 60s and 70s, the effects of gender politics and cultural (especially American) identity on contemporary artistic production, or physical materialism in performance. Among her numerous book publications belong Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture (2005), Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism and the Art of Hesse, Krasner, and O’Keeffe (1996) and Der Tanz: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1989). In addition, Anne Wagner has recently published essays on Willem De Kooning, Kara Walker and Gordon Matta-Clark.

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The Weather Underground
The Weather Underground was a militant organization in the United States active from the end of the 1960s and into the 1970s. For over half a decade, Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers and other members of the Underground carried out clandestine actions, largely bombings, against the U.S. government. They are well-known as signatories of the Weather Underground's Declaration of a State of War, which formally declared war on the U.S. Government. Today, Dohrn and Ayers live in Chicago.

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Peter Weibel
Peter Weibel (born 1944 in Odessa) studied literature, film, mathematics, medicine and philosophy in Vienna and Paris. The artist, curator, art- and media theoretician was, among others, artistic director and later director of the Ars Electronica in Linz, director of the Institute for New Media at the Städelschule in Frankfurt Main as well as artistic director for the New Gallery at the Landesmuseum Joanneum, in Graz. Weibel has been professor of visual media design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna since 1984; since 1999 he is chairman of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. He will be curating the 3rd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville together with Marie-Ange Brayer and Wonil Rhee, in 2008. In addition, he is author and editor of numerous publications.

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