Talks 2019



Talks Next? | Booth D32

Next? is a series of conversations and discussions that take our current art world(s) as their point of departure and, with critical skepticism as well as hope, look ahead to the possible futures of art.What will art’s producers and audiences want from contemporary art in the foreseeable future? What is a mega exhibition for? Can art achieve more equality in all areas? And if so, how? As part of viennacontemporary’s daily program, critic/journalist Kimberly Bradley has assembled artists,museum directors, dealers, critics, and curators to speculate about the possibilities of art — in Vienna and far beyond.


Friday, 27 September 2019

4:00–5:00 pm | Talks: Next?
The long view: The future of art

The structures of contemporary art are rapidly shifting alongside those in the world at large. What might be in store for art, based on current tendencies? More importantly, what might art-world practitioners and audiences want from future art, considering political issues, power hierarchies, and the attention economy? Taking writer Ben Davis’s short essay “Three Tendencies of Future Art” asa point of departure, Davis and the other panelists discuss how art production, discourse, modes of exhibition, institutions, and the market might evolve over the next decades.

Rahel Aima, writer/critic, New York/Dubai
Touria El Glaoui, founder of the I-54 art fair, London/Marrakech
Ben Davis, writer/critic, New York

5:30–6:30 pm | Talks: Next?
Art world/real world: Can art nd a way to effect change?

The art/politics dichotomy pits reality (or “reality”) against representation, but what happens when art and politics do manage to intersect and interact? Can artists, exhibition makers, curators, or other mediators bridge the gap between art and politics, as so many are currently attempting, or must the roles of art worker and citizen, of artist and activist remain separate? Our panelists di- scuss the potentials of action within the cultural sphere based on past and ongoing efforts.

Gerrit Gohlke, New Patrons, Berlin
Ekaterina Degot, director, Steirischer Herbst, Graz
Tevž Logar, curator, Ljubljana


Saturday, 28 September 2019

2:30–3:30 pm | Talks: Next?
Next gen: Potentials in Vienna’s art scene

The past several years have seen multiple shifts in Vienna’s local art world—the openings of newgalleries, the closures of several mid-size exhibition venues, a new city culture councilor, and this year, new leadership at the Kunsthalle, the art academy, and this very art fair. With novel impulses, excellent art education, and funding, what can – or should – Vienna strive for in the contemporary art field? What discourses would Vienna’s art scene want or need to tackle? Can contemporary art compete with better-funded fields, like music? An exploration of obstacles and possibilities.

Moritz Stipsicz, cofounder, Phileas, Vienna
Luisa Ziaja, curator, Belvedere 21, Vienna
Henrikke Nielsen
Christian Siekmeier

4:00–5:00 pm | Talks: Next?
Rethinking the Biennale: The future of the mega exhibition

The art biennial rst emerged in Venice in 1895 and was based on the nineteenth-century model of the World Expo, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the format metastasized, following the trajectoryof globalization and neo-liberalization and reaching new cities and regions in both the Eurocentric center and the so-called periphery. Considering the notion of “biennialization” (large spectacle-based exhibitions in ltrating urban fabric or economically reactivating fallow regions or localities) –what is the biennale for at this juncture? What could or should it be for? Is the biennial format viable for the next generation of artists and art viewers, in light of global challenges? This talk tacklesthe biennial’s next steps.

Paul Feigelfeld, curator, Vienna Biennale
Marieke van Hal, head of research and development, Manifesta, and co-founder of the Biennial Foundation, Amsterdam
Senam Okudzeto, artist/educator, Basel/Accra


Sunday, 29 September 2019

3:00–4:00 pm | Talks: Next?
Closing the gap: Concrete paths to gender (and intersectional) equality

Despite decades of activism and varying degrees of vocal protest, female art practitioners – along with other marginalized players in contemporary art – continue to cope with a lack of access to power structures (speak: money), gross oversights on the part of institutions, and stunning price gaps in the art market. As voices of dissent grow louder, what successes have we seen in recent months, and, more importantly, what collective action can be taken, on all sides, to make lastingchanges going forward? This talk explores steps toward inclusion, diversity, and equality.

Sabine Breitwieser, curator, Vienna
Candice Breitz, artist/educator, Berlin
Ivet Ćurlin, WHW/codirector, Kunsthalle Wien, Zagreb/Vienna
Olamiju Fajemisin, writer and editor, Berlin

4:30–5:30 pm | Talks: Next?
What’s wrong with the contemporary art world … and how can we fix it?

How does the art world live with itself? (quote from New York’s art critic Jerry Saltz). Many others lament contemporary art’s existing structures, some of which are anachronistic, in exible, perhapseven unethical, and may no longer apply to an uncertain future. Is the art world poised for a revo- lution? If so, which issues might spur it on and what might be possible or desired outcomes? This panel asks each speaker to air a grievance, explain it, and together discuss possible solutions, improvements, even desires, and dreams.

Dean Kissick, writer and critic, New York
André Nourbakhsch, attorney, Berlin
Senam Okudzeto, artist/educator, Basel/Accra

Media & Partner Talks


Friday, 27 September, 2019

2:30–3:30 p.m. | viennacontemporary x Bildrecht | Talks | D32 |
What Remains of Art? What is Supposed to Remain?

The prospects and challenges of, as well as the solutions for premature legacies and bequests concerning ne art. The Bildrecht Talk is an initiative of the collective management organisation Bildrecht | Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung visueller Rechte.

Peter Brodner Lawyer specialized in asset transfers by way of succession and inter vivos
Natascha Burger Galerie Hubert Winter, Director, Head of Estate, Estate Birgit Jürgenssen
Karin Lingl Managing Director of the Foundation „Stiftung Kunstfonds zur Förderung der zeitgenössischen bildenden Kunst“
Elisabeth von Samsonow Philosopher and artist, full professor for Philosophy and Historical Anthropology of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Sasa Hanten-Schmidt Expert for contemporary ne arts since 1960 with focus on Europe, lawyer
Günter Schönberger Managing Director of the collective management organisation Bildrecht | Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung visueller Rechte
Christof Habres Cultural journalist and art market expert

7:00 p.m. | Globe Wien, Marx Halle | Vienna Humanities Festival x ERSTE Stiftung
Social Networks or Social Nightmares?

Leading philosophers and social media specialists will talk about the role of social media and itsin uence on politics, culture, and society.

Roger McNamee, Facebook investor, Advisor to Mark Zuckerberg, author of the bestseller “Zucked” (2019)
Evgeny Morozov, political scientist, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, author of “The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom” (2011)
Max Schrems, Austrian lawyer and activist, who won a legal case against Facebook
Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM, Vienna), an independent institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences.


Saturday, 28 September 2019

11:30a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Media Talk: Die Presse | Talks | D32 |
City, Culture & Community

What are the common goals of cultural institutions in a city? What role do corporate initiatives play? What impact such projects have on the city and how are they perceived by the public audien- ce? With kind support by Kunstmeile Hamburg.

Speakers: Bettina Steinbrügge, Maria Schneider
Moderator: Eva Komarek

1:00–2:00 p.m. | Collectors Talk | Talks | D32
Attilia Fattori Franchini with Mario von Kelterborn

Mario von Kelterborn, a well-known collector of video art (among others), talks with Attilia Fattori Franchini, curator of the Video presentation, about the charms of collecting video art, its currenttrend, and feelings of hesitation accompanying buying decisions. How does video art t into everyday life and how do collectors start to get interested in it?

2:00– 4:00 p.m. | Russian Art Focus Discussion | Culture 5.0 Conference | E04
How to Reach Out to Unexplored Art Territories?

Invited experts will discuss the role (if any) that former Soviet republics play in the international contemporary art scene.

Jean Hubert Martin, art historian, curator, Paris
Nikolas Iljine, Advisor to the General Director of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Richard Wallis, Editor-in-Chief of the Russian Art Focus
Johanna Chromik, Artistic Director viennacontemporary, Vienna
Georg Schöllhammer, Curator, writer and editor, Vienna
Christianna Bonin, Art historian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | viennacontemporary x Verein K | D32
A Different Point of View: Four Critics on Art in Austria and their Approach to Criticism

What does art in Austria look like from the perspective of international art critics? How do they seethe role of criticism today? Are there national differences in writing about art? In the nal discus-sion of Verein K‘s residency program Visiting Critics Vienna, we will address these and many other questions.

Rahel Aima writer, editor, and critic
Evrim Altug journalist and critic
Louisa Elderton writer, editor, and curator
Kristian Vistrup Madsen writer and critic
Moderator: Klaus Speidel


Sunday, 29 September

12:00-13:00 Uhr | Media Talk: Collectors Agenda | Talks | D32 |
Collecting Editions

Collecting art is inspiring, collecting art is fun – and it can be very expensive. Editions can offer an alternative – not only in terms of money. The offer, both from young talents and established artists,is vast. Can editions function as an introduction to collecting? Where can you nd them? And whatis the long-term price development of editions


Bettina Leidl, Florian Langhammer, Anna Ebner, Elisabeth Wallner, Petra Schilcher
Moderator: Kristina Kulakova