Herzliche Einladung zu den Veranstaltungen der Städelschule!

Nina Könnemann: Screening
Wednesday, 22nd April, 19h, Aula

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Nina Könnemann came to prominence above all with documentary videos like M.U.D. (2000), unrise (2001) and Pleasure Beach (2001) in which she takes an unmediated look at phenomena of the postmodern amusement society. Könnemann's work characteristically makes use of a hand-held camera that reacts to movements in the crowd, tracing their aimlessness and drawing the viewer into what is going on. In the show “Free Mumia” at Portikus, this fleeting point of view is brought to a standstill, focusing attention on objects which - in among a wealth of details and inessentials - could have appeared in the videos mentioned above. The exhibition in Portikus including two of her most recent videos Laughing Sailor (2008) and Cone (2008) is ongoing till 17th May.
Nina Könnemann was born in Bonn and studied at Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts.

The Architecture Class presents:
Post-Medium Architecture – Public Lecture Series Summer Semester 2009

Mark Wigley: Network Radicals: The Architecture of the Streaming City
Thursday, 23rd April, 19h, Aula

Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.

Starting the summer semester lecture series on „Post-Medium Architecture“ Mark Wigley focuses on the “network” as a primary medium of contemporary architecture. Defining the architect as someone who does more than designing buildings but as public intellectual who speculates on possible new worlds, Wigley will - among others - refer to his research on a symposium on the evolution of human settlement that was held on the Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis´ yacht „New Hellas“ and included Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan and thirty-two other protagonists.

Mark Wigley is the Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and also teaches as a Guest Professor at Städelschule Architecture Class. He curated „Deconstructivist Architecture“; he has also served as curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. An accomplished scholar and design teacher, he has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture, and is the author of „The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida's Haunt“ (MIT Press, 1993); „White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture“ (MIT Press, 1995); and „Constant's New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire“ (Uitgeverij 010, 1998). In addition to numerous essays on art and architecture, he co-edited, with Catherine de Zegher, „The Activist Drawing: Situationist Architectures From Constant's New Babylon to Beyond“ (MIT Press, 2001) and is one of the founding editors of Volume magazine.

Peaches: The Teaches of Peaches
Friday, 24th April, 19h, Hall

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

“Do I dare to eat a peach?” – T.S. Eliot

„I first met Peaches in Berlin 2002 at the White Trash Fast Food Restaurant on a Sunday morning after being out a couple of days. Peaches was deejaying their premiere Sunday morning After Hours. I was with an old friend, he introduced us; we were WAY EARLY. As she was deejaying, I went and sat down with the only customer in the venue.
As I slung back the Vodka Cran's and talked this poor women's ear off, the entire time thinking: "who is she this Berliner Lady hangin' out by herself in this empty restaurant in a fur that her body has thoroughly succumb to?"
I stumbled off to the bar; then back via the deejay area to commend Peaches on the sheer vastness of her fan base. Peaches goes, "oh you met my Mom." Real calm and sweet as she is, no hint of surprise.
This snippet should prepare you all for the diversity she represents. We have no idea what she will do; none-the-less, I ain't worried.
You think you know Peaches? Wanna bet? “ - Eric D. Clark