DIETMAR DATH / CLAIRE FONTAINE / AXEL KILIAN

Herzliche Einladung zu den Veranstaltungen der Städelschule!


Dietmar Dath: "The Blue British Police Box considered as a Work of Art"
Tuesday, 27 November, 19h, Aula

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

"The further in you go, the bigger it gets." Most of us heard about this phenomenon through a long tradition in fiction, e.g. Alice in Wonderland. Dietmar Dath will introduce these topics and offer answers as well as questions about how it relates to contemporary art.

Dietmar Dath is publishing since 1999 journalistic and literary, satricial and essayistic articles in national/international newspapers and magazines, amongst others in SPEX, JUNGLE WORLD, DE:BUG, TEXT UND KUNST and FRIEZE (UK). He spans a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from political aspects of youth and pop culture (Heavy Metal, drug politics, cinema), science critique (nanotechnologies, computer sciences, bio- and reproduction technologies) to articles about significant, yet underrated figures of the humanities of the 20th century (e.g. the architect R. Buckminster Fuller, the logician and metamathematician Gotthard Günther, the composer George Antheil, the author Ayn Rand...). His recent book releases are "Heute keine Konferenz. Texte für die Zeitung" and "Waffenwetter" (Suhrkamp Verlag). Dietmar Dath works as an author and was quite recently editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.


Claire Fontaine
Wednesday, 28 November, 19h Aula

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective, founded in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a “readymade artist” and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people’s work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today. But if the artist herself is the subjective equivalent of a urinal or a Brillo box – as displaced, deprived of its use value, and exchangeable as the products she makes – there is always the possibility of what she calls the “human strike.” Only two years old, Claire Fontaine uses her freshness and youth to make herself a whatever-singularity and an existential terrorist in search of subjective emancipation. She grows up among the ruins of the notion of authorship, experimenting with collective protocols of production, détournements, and the production of various devices for the sharing of intellectual and private property. Last time in Frankfurt their work could be seen in ANONYM, In the Future no one will be famous, Schirn Kunsthalle in 2006 and recently at the Istanbul Biennial.


the Architecture Class presents:

Designed Materiality - Public Lecture Series Winter Semester 2007-8
a series of lectures addressing the contemporary status of architecture in relation to material and design technologies.

Axel Kilian: Design Explorations
Thursday, 29 November, 19h, Aula

Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.

Axel Kilian is another of the leading, young figures in architecture exploring the limits and possibilities of computational design techniques. These techniques, which are partly based on an automatization of the design procedure through computerised processes, are paradoxically closely linked to material conditions.

Kilian studied architecture at the University of the Arts in Berlin and went on to the MIT in Boston on a Fulbright scholarship. At MIT he first received an MA with the thesis “Defining Digital Space through a Visual Language” before taking his Ph.D. with a thesis on “Design exploration using bidirectional constraints” (2006) and ending up in a Post Doctoral position.

His Ph.D. centered on design exploration in the context of architecture and design processes using computational processes, namely programming and parametric design in combination with fabrication. Recent projects range from architectural form finding applications, collaboration on concept car designs with the MIT Media Lab, to a number of full scale installations. Axel Kilian has taught and lectured in a number of schools worldwide. He has received numerous awards - also for his teaching, and is currently engaged at the TU Delft.

The Städelschule Architecture Class Lecture Series is supported by the Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen.