Talks Program
Talks Area | Booth C32


Curator: Kimberly Bradley
28–30 September, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm

Where are we now is a series of conversations and discussions that will assess and reflect upon the viability of our current art-world models, as well as predict possible outcomes of change. As part of viennacontemporarys daily program, critic/journalist Kimberly Bradley has assembled these talks, all engaging with different aspects of the art world’s current state of flux – in Vienna and far beyond – seen from the perspectives of artists, international collectors, museum directors, dealers, critics, and curators.

An American based in Berlin and Vienna, Kimberly Bradley straddles the worlds of mainstream cultural journalism and art criticism. Her work’s origins are in journalism, a field in which she remains active. Bradley regularly contributes to The New York Times, primarily on art-world issues or artists, but also news. She is also the Vienna correspondent of London-based Monocle magazine, writing general-interest pieces and often appearing on Monocle’s web radio station as an art critic. Her criticism and art-related opinion pieces appear in publications including Art-Agenda, ArtReview, Frieze, and Mousse.
Bradley frequently edits catalogues and monographs for major museums and institutions in the German-speaking world. She was the copy editor of Texte zur Kunst magazine for four years, and has edited the English-language publications for the southern German residency program Akademie Schloss Solitude since 1999. Since 2013, Bradley has been a lecturer on contemporary art practices and theory at New York University’s Berlin branch. In 2016 and 2017, she taught an intensive art-writing course at the Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Arts.


Collectors Talks
Curator: Vivian Gandelsman
28–30 September, 2:00 pm

Artload “A-live” interview series at viennacontemporary is offering exclusive insights into challenges and strategies of starting a purposeful art collection, on individual approaches to collecting, on ways to use private collections as a means to give back to the public. The Artload platform provides both local and global critical perspectives on contemporary art through its interviews with the most influential people on the international art circuit.

Vivian Gandelsman is a contemporary art researcher and consultant. Based in São Paulo, she has more than ten years of experience in the international art circuit of galleries, fairs, and biennials. Since 2014, Gandelsman has been doing an incessant work of mapping out the primary art market, having done more than 200 video interviews with artists, curators, critics, gallerists, collectors, and other figures of the art world. This journey of conversations reveals her deep knowledge and involvement with the local and international art scene, which has earned her invitations to act as consultant to art fairs and other people interested in the contemporary artistic production. The research she has done for Artload represents, more than a personal and professional accomplishment, her concern for preserving the memory of the present time and sharing sensitive and critical experiences that take place in the backstage of the art world.


Media Talks
28–30 September, 12:30 pm

For the third year running, viennacontemporary gives the floor to media outlets, such as EIKON, Collectors Agenda, PARNASS, to voice their views on the contemporary art world.


On Thursday, 27 September, viennacontemporary will host special events at the Talks Area, such as a keynote event organized in collaboration with the International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA), a book presentation complemented by a talk about the AWAY initiative, as well as the lecture Artistic Practices and Transient States by Ruben Arevshatyan in the frame of the Focus: Armenia project.


Program subject to change.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

2:00-3:00 pm | Artistic Practices and Transient States
In the frame of Focus: Armenia

Lecture by Ruben Arevshatyan, Artist, Art Critic, Independent Curator, President of AICA-Armenia, Teacher at the Contemporary Art Institute, Yerevan

“Transient state” perhaps has been one of the most prevalent definitions used in the post-Soviet independent nations for describing the processes in social, political, economic and, of course, cultural developments. Looking back today on an almost 30-year-period of the drastic transformations happening in those countries, it is possible to observe that despite quite different social and political outcomes the “state of transition” ironically or inevitably remains as a major existential condition for those societies.
Armenia has just passed through the Velvet Revolution and is now experiencing another transient state: a transitional government, intensive post-revolutionary processes typical for the transitional period, and many more… What could be the outcome of those transitions; what would the realization of various, and sometimes quite ambiguous, collective hopes look like?
The contemporary art situation in Armenia has been evolving in parallel with the revolutionary transitions in the country since the mid-1980s. The interconnection with those transitions, varying from critical reflections and direct interactions with political and social processes to distant musings over the various aspects of those changes, offers a possibility of tracing different patterns of logic and varied readings of a turbulent period that the country and the world has lived through in the last 30 years.


3:30-4:30 pm | „Was kann eine Residency?“
Book Presentation and Talk

Katrin HornekArtist, Vienna
Holger JagersbergerHead of Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz
Christiane KadaStyria, Department for Cultural Affairs – Awards and Scholarships
Olga OkunevDeputy Head of Department II/1Visual Arts, Architecture, Design, Fashion, Photography and Media Arts, Federal Chancellery of Austria
Peter J. SchneemannArt Historian, Author, University Bern
Welcome and Introduction: Alexandra Grausam, Project Manager and Curator AWAY – a project around residencies
Moderator: eSeL (Lorenz Seidler)

For two years, „AWAY – a project around residencies has put the spotlight on the renowned international residency program of the Federal Chancellery of Austria. The publication, which is first presented in the context of viennacontemporary, documents the history of the program, using, amongst others, the exhibition presented in 2016 as an example, and deals with current issues. Together with invited guests, the current goals of the studio programs are discussed from different perspectives. Talk in German.


5:30-7:00 pm | Round table „The Art Market and the Internet“
2018 Conference of The International Art Market Studies Association

Kristina Kulakova, Head of Digital and PR at viennacontemporary
Sophie Neuendorf, Vice President – Strategic Partnerships, artnet
Anna Maja Spies, Global Lead of Cultural Partnerships, Artsy
Prof. Dr. Olav Velthuis, University of Amsterdam
Moderator: Dr. Johannes Nathan, Director Nathan Fine Art, Chair of the Int’l Art Market Studies Association

The Internet has a profound effect on the art market. With its databases, online sales, abundant information on commercial galleries, auction houses, and so much else, the world wide web appears to offer everything needed to stay informed or to engage in transactions. And yet, many of the art market’s ‘old fashioned’ practices, such as hand-shake deals or evening auctions, keep their ground, while real-life platforms such as art fairs actually expand and multiply. This roundtable will address the complex relations between the art market and the Internet – a fascinating and still relatively unexplored topic.


Friday, 28 September 2018

12:30-1:30 pm | Media Talks | EIKON
Stillleben. Ein Genre erfindet sich neu?

Manuel Gorkiewicz, Artist, Vienna
Bettina Leidl, Director of KUNST HAUS WIEN
Moderator: Nela EggenbergerEditor-in-Chief of EIKON

Still life, a classic of photography, which for a long time was associated with a small niche of contemporary art, has lately been taken up again and reinterpreted by numerous photographers. Can you, however, speak of an actual re-invention of the genre? If yes, why is it happening now? EIKON will take up these and further questions in an expert discussion on the occasion of the current focus of the September issue. Talk in German.


2:00-3:00 pm | Collectors Talks
Artload “A-live” Interview with John Evans, Stuart Evans

Stuart and John Evans, father and son, collect contemporary art and help others with their collections. Their enthusiasm is based on a passion for living with art.
Stuart, from 1981 to 2008 a partner at international law firm Simmons & Simmons, is responsible for building the firm’s Contemporary Art Collection which includes early works by Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mark Wallinger, and Gillian Wearing.
For the last ten years John and Stuart have worked together building a collection of works by artists from Latin America. John took the lead in establishing a venture called “BALON” to introduce Latin American artists to new audiences.


3:30-4:30 pm | TalksWHERE ARE WE NOW?
Taking the pulse of viennacontemporary’s host city

Herwig Kempinger, President of Secession, Vienna
Maria Inez Plaza, Gallerist, Exile Gallery, Berlin
Laura Windhager, Founder and Director of GIANNI MANHATTAN, Vienna

Art in Vienna is changing rapidly: A new generation of players is emerging alongside the city’s art establishment. This panel discusses the many developing conditions surrounding Vienna’s artists, galleries, art market, and institutions – as well as how the local scene can respond to greater political developments in Austria.


5:00-6:00 pm | Talks WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Chloe Piene, Artist, USA/Netherlands
Chloe Stead, Art Critic, Writer, Berlin
Sophie TappeinerGallerist, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna

Details to be announced.


Saturday, 29 September 2018

12:30-1:30 pm | Media Talks Collectors Agenda
»It’s pretty good work«

Vincenzo Della CorteGallerist, Vin Vin, Vienna
Maruša Sagadin
Artist, Vienna
Chloe Stead, Art Critic, Writer, Berlin
Moderator: Alexandra-Maria TothEditor of Art Platform Collectors Agenda, Vienna

To the degree that the contemporary art world impresses by record sales and attaches monetary criteria to valuating art, the orienting and contextualizing role of art criticism seems to be falling short of reaching a critical mass among the art public any more. Once useful as a provider of new criteria of judgement and navigation help in the face of a steady flow of constantly new artistic practice, the influence of art criticism is experiencing a decline. What can put art criticism back on the agenda of the art scene and let it regain its original role? And what else could art criticism involve? With populism gaining ground, may it for instance play a bigger role to foster a greater sensitivity and appreciation towards artistic practice and critical thinking as such among a wider public, beyond the established circles of the art scene?


2:00-3:00 pm | Collectors Talks
Artload “A-live” Interview with Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas


3:30-4:30 pm | Talks WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Global affairs: the shifting weights of center and periphery

Marina Fokidis, Independent Curator, Founding Director and Editor-in-Chief of South as a State of Mind, Athens
Hicham Khalidi, Associate Curator at Lafayette Anticipation in Paris, Director at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, Main Curator at Rotterdam Triennial
Irena PopiashviliDirector of Kunsthalle Tbilisi

This panel examines the role of art made and exhibited under non-Eurocentric conditions, not just the Global South but also post-communist zones (the former second world), and the blurring lines between the traditional centers and peripheries. Can art diverging from western/northern notions of art history and aesthetics – as well as models and structures of exhibition, distribution, institutional infrastructure and market concerns – show us new ways of addressing pertinent global topics?


5:00-6:00 pm | Talks WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Art’s responsibility in times of political/societal change

James English LearyArtist, New York
Mohammad SalemyArt Critic, Artist, Curator, Berlin
Nicolaus SchafhausenDirector of Kunsthalle Wien

In response to populism and a myriad of other political upheavals in recent years, social practice and artist-activism have dramatically grown in visibility in the past half-decade. This talk explores the problems and potentials inherent in these practices, as well as those within art’s own structures and mechanisms. Can, or should, the art world effect change in the real world, and if so, how?


Sunday, 30 September 2018

12:30-1:30 pm | Media Talks PARNASS
Collecting Young Art

Silvie Aigner, Editor-in-Chief of the Austrian art magazine PARNASS
Victoria Dejaco, Curator ZONE1, Writer, Curator, Stefan Stolitzka Collection

Vienna´s contemporary art scene is thriving thanks to its forward-thinking institutions and numerous galleries which represent Austrian and international artists. In the recent years a new generation has burst onto the city’s art scene, carrying the torch of Viennese art with young, innovative energy, setting a spotlight on local talents and artists from abroad. The conversation will focus on Vienna´s art scene and the conditions which are essential to form a supportive ecosystem for young artists, collectors and galleries by taking Victoria Dejaco´s selection of eight artists for the 2018 edition of ZONE1 as an example.
Talk in German.


2:00-3:00 pm | Collectors Talks
Artload “A-live” Interview with Bernardo Faria


3:30-4:30 pm | Talks WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Patronage 2.0

Michael Xufu HuangCollector, Co-Founder, M WOODS Museum, Beijing
Stefan SimchowitzCollector, Curator, Art Advisor, Los Angeles (via Skype)

Historical patronage reflected the cultural ideologies, wealth, and power of a few patrons, while the twentieth century’s artistic evolutions and market developments recast the patron’s role. Considering the twenty-first century’s complexities, is patronage still the often unequal social negotiation it long was? This panel discusses contemporary patronage through current positions and projects, and asks: what could patronage look like in years to come?


5:00-6:00 pm | TalksWHERE ARE WE NOW?
Art criticism in the age of fake news

Filipa Ramos, Editorin-Chief of artagenda, New York/London
Kolja Reichert, Art Critic, Berlin
Nina Schedlmayer, Independent Art Critic, Vienna

Taking many forms and in perpetual “crisis,” where does art criticism currently stand within the greater art field? This panel examines how criticism might gain more relevance at a time in which talk of all kinds has become cheap, so to speak. Potentials may lie in new publishing platforms, social media, and innovative approaches to critique – and these vary from country to country. Ethics will be considered: what is covered, and why? Is today’s comparably tame criticism in danger of becoming mere PR? Most of all, how can we imagine the art publications of the future?