Talks 2017


Talks: Borderline offers a program of public talks in which leading representatives of the international art scene share their ideas and insights. Curated by Kate Sutton, this year’s theme, Borderline, focuses on the comprehensive changes that European cultural institutions face on a political, social, and cultural level, as seen from the perspectives of artists, art historians, international collectors, museum directors, dealers, critics, and curators. This series of conversations, panel discussions and presentations will look at people and projects seizing on the sudden structural flexibility and working to push the borders of institutions from within: from collectors experimenting with different formats for patronage, to galleries testing out new models for commercial collaboration, to artists, curators, and critics weighing the moral and ethical implications of activism and critique within the larger infrastructure of the globalized art world.
In addition to Talks: Borderline, a number of independent talks are held during the fair. The Talks takes place from Thursday, 21 September till Sunday, 24 September 2017 in the Talks Area.


Thursday, 21 September

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Art Encounters 2017, Timișoara & Arad, Second Edition
An open door to an art scene between a long history and a short story
Entitled Life a User’s Manual, the exhibition in the center of Art Encounters 2017, curated by Ami Barak and Diana Marincu, will survey and compile fragments from everyday life, as seen in both current artistic practices and historical art projects from the 1960s onwards. Like in Georges Perec’s novel, La vie mode d’emploi, the exhibition will present characters, situations and contexts – stories that span not only over a day, but also a lifetime. As the fluxus artist Robert Filliou said, “art is what makes life more interesting than art”. The second edition of the Art Encounters Biennale will bring together a group of international artists who will engage in meaningful dialogues with the region’s artistic discourses and communities. The exhibition will be embedded across a wide range of cultural and public venues in Timișoara and Arad, and will highlight the ways in which artists reflect on many day-to-day realities that are now becoming increasingly unstable.
Ami Barak, Curator, Art Encounters Biennale
Ovidiu Șandor, President, Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara
Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director, Kunsthalle Wien

2:00 ­– 3:00 pm
Artload “A-live” Interview
The Artload platform was designed for those who are new to contemporary art or anyone who would like to take a closer look into the field. It offers dozens of video interviews with the most influential people on the international art circuit: artists, curators, gallerists, and many other professionals. Artload is the result of a continuous research and provides both local and global critical perspectives on contemporary art through its interviews. It intends to present new ways of looking at art history and the manifold narrative possibilities that contribute to the appreciation of the artistic action. This talk offers to share with viennacontemporary’s audience the process experience of producing a project and to promote an interaction between the interviewees, the interviewer, and the audience.
Wilfried Cooreman, Collector, Belgium
Vivian Gandelsman, Contemporary Art Researcher, Consultant, Co-Founder,, São Paolo


Friday, 22 September

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Model Patrons: The Shifting Role of the Collector
Collectors have long been hailed as the primary engine of the art market, but the recent boom in contemporary art institutions has brought with it seemingly myriad other opportunities for support – from biennial commissions to museum endowments, travel grants and residencies. But lest such opportunities start to feel like obligations, this conversation collectively brainstorms other creative possibilities for contemporary patronage, drawing on the experiences of the speakers’ own institutions.
Jam Acuzar, Founder and Director, Bellas Artes Projects, Bataan/Manila
Aaron Cezar, Founding Director, Delfina Foundation, Londo
Haro Cumbusyan, Collector, Founding Director, collectorspace, Istanbul

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Door Number Three: Operating Beyond #GroworGo
Counterintuitive though it may seem, the spectacular growth of the art market has brought with it a spike in gallery closures, as the traditional gallery model proves no longer adequate to meet market demands. This conversation takes an honest look at the situation currently facing commercial galleries, before exploring attempts to forge more sustainable paths for international exchange, through gallery-sharing initiatives like Condo and Okey Dokey.
Max Mayer, Gallerist, Düsseldorf
Henrikke Nielsen, Gallerist, Croy Nielsen, Vienna
Mari Spirito, Founding Director, Protocinema, Istanbul/New York
Franziska Sophie Wildförster, Curator, Writer, Co-Director, Kevin Space, Vienna

5:00 ­– 6:00 pm
The New Establishment: Building a Useful Institution
While galleries face pressure to #GroworGo, institutions like biennales or museums experience an opposite backlash, as the art world audience is stretched thinner and thinner. Jet set rumblings against “biennale fatigue” can cloud over the reality that these institutions and infrastructures can still mean much more than just another opening party. This discussion draws on both recent and historic initiatives that have answered, incorporated or even anticipated the needs of their communities.
Maja Ćirić, Independent Curator, Belgrade
Alanna Heiss, Founder, Artistic Director, Clocktower Productions, New York
Irena Popiashvili, Curator, Dean of Visual Arts and Design School at Free University of Tbilisi
Marlies Wirth, Curator, MAK – Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna


Saturday, 23 September

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Positions in Print: The Ethics of Art Writing
This past year the international art world has been rocked by a series of high profile debates policing just who can give voice to whom. The fallout of these discussions has challenged both the limits to which art criticism can pose a critique and the extent to which such writing is inherently complicit with the institutions within which it operates. This panel will address these questions while weighing in on what it is that art writing can still do.
Osei Bonsu, Curator, Writer, London/Paris
Valentin Diaconov, Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Ana Teixeira Pinto, Writer, Berlin

3:00 ­– 4:00 pm
Politics on Display: Framing Action within the Institution
When it comes to expressing political opinions, an art space can be considerably more flexible than other public institutions. Flexibility, however, does not necessarily equate to sensitivity nor, for that matter, efficacy. This panel looks at the various intricacies and ethical entanglements that can arise when addressing pressing social issues (such as nationalism, racism or war) from within the institution.
Kimberly Bradley, Writer, Journalist, Educator, Vienna/Berlin
Sohrab Mohebbi, Writer, Associate Curator, REDCAT, Los Angeles
Jonas Staal, Artist, Rotterdam/Athens
Alessandro Vincentelli, Curator of Exhibitions and Research, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Curatorial Statements: Speaking for/through Institutions
Whether for permanent institutions or temporary initiatives like biennales or public art projects, audience development and engagement requires its own type of calibration. At what point does speaking to an audience shift to speaking at? What gives institutions “the right” to tackle certain issues? Are there instances where the curator has to draw lines? These are some of the questions fueling this conversation.
Defne Ayas, Director, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Boris Ondreička, Artist, Curator, TBA21, Vienna
Joanna Warsza, Artistic Director, Public Art Munich 2018


Sunday, 24 September

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Gerald Matt spricht mit… Ursula Krinzinger (TV-Station: W24)
The show’s previous guests include leading representatives from the cultural, economic, and political spheres, or the international art world (Shirin Neshat, Thaddeaus Ropac, Jeffrey Deitch, Michael Kimmelman, Erwin Wurm, etc). The show’s objective is to present the biographies, attitudes, stories and opinions of the most interesting personalities from various social spheres and discuss current cultural, political and social issues with them based on their personal biographies.
Talk in German.

1:00 ­– 2:00 pm
New Literacy: João Ribas in conversation with Anna-Sophie Berger
Titled “New Literacy”, this year’s Ural Biennial poses the question “how might the visual and bodily practices of contemporary artistic production form the basis for understanding the speeds, languages, and interfaces of the recent transformation that information and communication technologies have had on the way we live, work, dream, and play?” In this conversation, curator João Ribas will expound on this question with participating artist Anna-Sophie Berger.
Anna-Sophie Berger, Artist, Vienna/New York
João Ribas, Deputy Director, Senior Curator, Serralves Museum, Porto

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Dreamlife of an Archive
Part art work, part art historical repository, the artist’s archive occupies a peculiar place within institutions. What is the ideal life for an artist’s archive? Where would it be displayed? What kind of access would it offer? This panel brings together three curators and researchers who have worked extensively within artist’s archives, to share their insight and experiences.
Daniel Grúň, Art Historian, Writer, Curator, Bratislava
Emese Kürti, Art Historian, Head of acb ResearchLab, Budapest
Darko Šimičić, Art Critic, Curator, Secretary, Tomislav Gotovac Intitute, Zagreb

5:00 – 6:00 pm
New Editions: Felix Gaudlitz in conversation with Juliette Blightman
At a time when publishing has been “in crisis” for decades now, the persistence of the artist’s book seems all but inexplicable. This panel puts Felix Gaudlitz, co-founder of Vienna’s saxpublishers, in conversation with artist Juliette Blightman to revisit some of the thoughts that went into the making of Blightman’s latest artist book, while debating the wider issues of art publishing.
Juliette Blightman, Artist, London/Berlin
Felix Gaudlitz, Co-Founder, saxpublishers, Vienna

Media Talks!

For the second year running, viennacontemporary organizes Media Talks! and gives the floor to an impressive range of media outlets to voice their views on the contemporary art world. This series of talks, in an intimate set-up, offers an up-and-close experience for all art enthusiasts. Come and join Media Talks!, which offers session n English and German, from 21 to 24 September in the viennacontemporary Media Lounge, G10

Thursday, 21 September

2:00 pm, English The Collector’s Role and Influence in the Baltic Region
Irene M. Gludowacz, author, curator, communications expert, Vilius Kavaliauskas, collector
In the Lithuanian art scene, the name Lewben Art Foundation needs no explanation. Founded in 2013, the organization is not only the holder of a substantial art collection, but also one of Lithuania’s largest patrons of the contemporary arts. At the head of the Lewben Art Foundation is Vilius Kavaliauskas, passionate art lover and collector, and the organization’s founder. In 2014 Kavaliauskas became a member of the Tate Modern Russian and Eastern European Acquisitions Committee, a position which, as he says, is a great opportunity to popularize Lithuanian art around the world.

4:00 pm, Deutsch
springerin: The Empire Strikes Back?
Präsentation der neuen Ausgabe mit Christian Höller und den AutorInnen
Die Versöhnung in der Region der ehemaligen Sowjetunion wird kaum möglich sein ohne eine Auseinandersetzung mit ihrem gemeinsamen Sowjet-Erbe, den kolonialen Raumstrukturen und einem emanzipatorischen Erwachen. Die springerin Ausgabe „The Empire Strikes Back?” dreht sich um das Bauerbe der Sowjetunion, das Städte und Erinnerungen der Region immer noch vereint und voneinander trennt sowie um aufgeklärte demokratische urbane (Sub-)Kulturen und ProtagonistInnen der Zivilgesellschaft, die in den letzten drei Jahrzehnten aktiv waren.

5:00 pm, Deutsch
PARNASS – ZONE1: Rundgang und KünstlerInnentalks

Friday, 22 September

4:00 pm, Deutsch
EIKON: Young + creative = successful … and then?
Nela Eggenberger, Chefredakteurin EIKON (Moderation), Karin Fisslthaler, Künstlerin, Gabriele Schor, Gründungsdirektorin SAMMLUNG VERBUND
„Jung“ und „kreativ“ sind zwei Schlagworte, an denen heute kein Weg vorbeizuführen scheint. Auch in der Kunst und Fotografie ist die unablässige Entdeckung neuer Talente ein Muss, zahlreiche Programme – von Auslandsateliers über Stipendienprogramme – fördern diese Zielgruppe systematisch. Nur: Was passiert danach, sobald man als KünstlerIn nicht mehr unter dieses Label fällt? Und wollen sich Kunstschaffende dieses Image überhaupt längerfristig bewahren – und wenn ja, unter welchen Voraussetzungen?

5:00 pm, Deutsch
PARNASS – ZONE1: Rundgang und KünstlerInnentalks

5:30 pm, Deutsch Über die Kunst, Kunst zu versichern
In Kooperation mit Hiscox Insurance Company Ltd.
artmagazine in Kooperation mit Hiscox lädt zum Gespräch und Diskurs ein: Wie lässt sich Kunst – ob Einzelobjekt oder eine ganze Sammlung – optimal absichern? In jedem Fall sollte die Versicherung auf die besonderen Risiken und Werte abgestimmt sein. Zudem diskutieren wir die Zukunft des Kunstmarktes auf Basis des Hiscox Online Art Trade Reports 2017. Der Talk wird per Live-Stream übertragen und zur Nachlese im Feature des artmagazine Sammlerforums online gestellt.

Saturday, 23 September

1:30 pm, Deutsch
Collectors Agenda: Neue Akteurinnen der Kunstwelt
Angelika Loderer, Künstlerin, Sophie Tappeiner, Galeristin, Alexandra-Maria Toth, Collectors Agenda
Künstlerinnen und Frauen der Kunst beleben mehr denn je die internationale Kunst- und Kulturlandschaft. Solidarität, die vermehrte Sichtbarkeit der Werke weiblicher Kunstschaffender, sowohl die Besetzung von weiblicher Kompetenz in leitenden Positionen in Galerien und Museen als auch die hohe Anzahl der Frauen an Kunstuniversitäten – als Studierende und Lehrende –, führen zu optimistischen Perspektiven für die Frauen in der Kunst. Wie diese aussehen, und in weiterer Zukunft aussehen können, wird Alexandra-Maria Toth des Kunstjournals Collectors Agenda mit der Künstlerin Angelika Loderer und der Galeristin Sophie Tappeiner besprechen.

3:00 pm, Deutsch
PARNASS – ZONE1: Marlies Wirth, Kuratorin ZONE1 im Gespräch mit Silvie Aigner, Chefredakteurin PARNASS Kunstmagazin
anschließend Rundgang durch die ZONE1
Die ZONE1 hat sich als bewährtes Format für die Präsentation junger KünstlerInnen etabliert und bietet auch dieses Jahr eine Reihe innovativer Projekte. Die Auswahl der KünstlerInnen erfolgte 2017 von Marlies Wirth, Kuratorin am MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst in Wien. Sie gibt anhand von zehn Positionen einen Einblick in die Bandbreite junger zeitgenössischer Kunstproduktion in und aus Österreich. „Ich persönlich finde Formate wie die ZONE1, wo man Einzelpositionen im Rahmen einer Messe zeigen kann, sehr wichtig. Es ist eine Plattform sowohl für Sammler wie auch Kuratoren, um Positionen zu entdecken.“

4:30 pm, English
Tranzit: Multi-speed Europe. The Future of Art and its Institutions Across Five Countries from the Austrian East Coast
Judit Angel,, Vit Havranek,, Dóra Hegyi,, Livia Pancu,, Georg Schöllhammer,, Raluca Voinea,
tranzit is a cultural network, operating in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania. Six tranzit directors will discuss the conditions of the cultural institutions in their regions. From the outside, it seems that the spectres haunting the Eastern European region are nationalisms, anti-Islamism and Euroscepticism, alongside other conservative tendencies, such as limitation of the rights of women and of different minorities. Liberal politicians, i.e. in France and Germany, depict the region as a closed self-centered neighbour that refuses to solidarize with the EU core states. What is the position of art institutions in this battle and mainly what cultural futures are imagined in this region in the current sullen situation?

Sunday, 24 September

2:00 pm, Deutsch
trend: Galerien und Art Consultants: Freund oder Feind
Valentin Kenndler, Art Consultant, Michaela Knapp, trend (Moderation), Peter Krobath, Galerist
Was machen eigentlich Art Consultants? Was ist der Unterschied zur Galerie? Sind Art Consultants und Galeristen Konkurrenten oder Partner? Wieviel kostet diese Dienstleistung? Über diese und viele andere Fragen diskutiert Michaela Knapp (trend) mit Valentin Kenndler und Peter Krobath.