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Tirdad Zolghadr: Only You. Thoughts on the Artworld and its Peculiar Sense of Expertise
Tuesday, 27 January, 19 h, Aula

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

How does art do it? What’s the unique selling point that lets art get away with murder, again and again. Whether you’re lecturing, writing, curating, or helping yourself to context as an artist, the art reference will open doors to an unquestioned ambivalence that remains out of bounds for other professions. When is the artistic colonization of architectural, theoretical, activist traditions a blessing, and when is it a case of unwittingly aping the “architects”, “academics”,“activists” etc. In other words, when does the post-medium, post-disciplinary condition offer the productivity of unpredictable combinations, and when is it a fashionable display of semi-knowledge. And when can it be both. Trouble is, if the world is our oyster, then there’s no situation where the artworld can be expected to sit down and shut up. So even if attempts to delineate the arts-as-field have amounted to ignoble acts of intellectual malice, committed by pompous old cretins in corduroy, even then, it might be worth the risk.

Tirdad Zolghadr is an independent writer and curator based in Berlin. He currently teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (NY), and writes for magazines such as Frieze, Parkett, Bidoun, Cabinet, and Afterall. He has curated “Ethnic Marketing” at the Kunsthalle Geneva 2004) and „Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie“ (2006-09). His novel "Softcore" is still available on Amazon, used and new.

Morgan Fisher: Painting Work
Wednesday, 28 January, 19 h, Aula

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

While studying art history and film, the American artist and filmmaker Morgan Fisher worked as a film editor for Hollywood productions, and his first film projects were clearly shaped by these experiences. He first appeared at the end of the 1960s with film works such as The Director and His Actor Look at Footage Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film (2), Documentary Footage or Production Stills (1968 and 1970). In 1984 he produced his well-known 35-minute Standard Gauge, in which found footage was compiled according to a precise formal model. With these conceptual approaches, Fisher reflects on the parameters of cinematographic depiction. In the early 1970s, these works were already shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. At the end of the 1990s, Fisher expanded his work to include painting, drawing and spatial installations. Today, Morgan Fisher ranks as one of the best-known and most influential artists of the American West Coast who has decisively influenced an entire generation of young artists. For many years, he was professor at UCLA and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

the Architecture Class presents:
The Pavilion: Interim Passage and Polemics in Art & Architecture - Public Lecture Series Winter Semester 2008-9
- a series of public lectures that address the pavilion as typology and idea in relation to architecture and the arts.

Frank Barkow: Revolution of Choice
Thursday, 29 January, 19h, Aula
Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.
Parallel to their internationally acclaimed buildings Berlin-based architects Barkow Leibinger have continuously developed a series of pavilions, temporary structures and applied research modules. These include Barkow Leibinger´s “Formation (Re) Formation: A Nomadic Garden” for the Architecture Biennial in Venice 2008, the Marcus Prize Pavilion in Milwaukee, and most recently the project for a pavilion for the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt. Resulting in a variety of prototypes the applied research addresses advanced techniques such as revolved lasercutting (Tubematic), bending (Trumabend V-series) and casting of ceramic elements.

Frank Barkow is an architect and partner of Berlin-based Barkow Leibinger. He currently teaches at Harvard Design School and has previously held academic positions at Cornell University, the Architectural Association in London, and Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. Barkow Leibinger´s work includes Trudec Building in Seoul, the service and Training Center in Dietzingen, the Campus restaurant and auditorium in Dietzingen and Biosphere in Potsdam.

Morgan Fisher: Portikus Looks at Itself
Eröffnung: 30. Januar, 20 Uhr, Portikus
Ausstellungsdauer: 31. Januar 2009 - 15. März 2009