[spectre] [ann] Right about Now-Art and Theory since the 1990s

DAVIDE MERONI meronidavide at libero.it
Wed Nov 30 10:48:03 CET 2005

Right about Now

Art and Theory since the 1990s

W139, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 
in collaboration with the department of Art History at the University 
of Amsterdam, have joined forces to bring you a unique series of 
lectures entitled Right about Now: Art and Theory since the 1990s. The 
lectures, realised with support of the Mondriaan Foundation, will be 
held in English.

Since the early 1990s, debate and reflection on contemporary visual art 
have primarily centred on concrete artistic practice and notions like 
production and presentation. But in the meantime, what have been the 
developments exactly in the field of critical theory? Right about Now 
can be considered a serious attempt to formulate an answer to this 

A select group of respected Dutch and foreign academics and thinkers 
(including leading experts like Hal Foster, Claire Bishop, Daniel 
Birnbaum and Nicolas Bourriaud) have been asked to scrutinize recent 
art history and present their findings in the form of a lecture. The 
speakers will address trends and themes (including ‘Interactivity’, 
‘Documentary Evidence’ and ‘Money’) that have influenced theoretical 
debate since the start of the 1990s and will investigate the 
significance these notions and developments might have for today’s 
artistic discours. By initiating this series, the organizers hope to 
encoura ge public debate regarding the art of the recent past, as well 
as partially bridge the gap existing between academic research and the 
artistic ‘fieldwork’ of artists and curators.


Lecture 1: Wednesday November 30th, 2005
Speakers: Claire Bishop (UK), Nicolas Bourriaud (FR)

Lecture 2: Wednesday January 25th, 2006
Speakers: Sophie Berrebi (FR/NL)

Lecture 3: Wednesday March 1st, 2006
Speakers: Maaike Bleeker (NL), Deborah Cherry (UK)

Lecture 4: Wednesday March 29th, 2006
Speakers: Marc Spiegler (USA), Olav Velthuis (NL)

Lecture 5: Wednesday April 19th, 2006
Speakers: Beatrice von Bismarck (DE), Jennifer Allen (USA)

Lecture 6: Wednesday May 10th, 2006
Speakers: Daniel Birnbaum (SE)

Lecture 7: Wednesday June 7th, 2006
Speakers: Hal Foster (USA), Sven Lutticken (DE/NL)


Practical info:

The first lecture of the English-language series will be held on 
Wednesday November 30th, 8 p.m.

Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam
Oude Lutherse Kerk, Singel 411, Amsterdam

Subsequent lectures take place on a monthly basis - again on Wednesday 
evenings, starting 8 p.m. You are required to order tickets in advance.

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