Saturday, June 22, 2013, 5–7 p.m. (English)
Lecture by Jean-Paul Martinon, philosopher, followed by a conversation with Helmut Draxler, art historian
This talk will put forward ten theses on the philosophy of curating. These short theses will not comment on the exhibition, nor put forward other examples or attempts to create a chronology of key exhibitions (thus generating an art history of exhibition practices). Instead, they intend to discuss the differences between ‘curating’ and ‘the curatorial’. If ‘curating’ is a gamut of professional practices for setting up exhibitions, then ‘the curatorial’ explores what takes place on the stage set up, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the curator. Ultimately, the aim of these ten theses is to continue Helmut Draxler’s questioning of the activity of curating as exposed in The Content of Form.
On Collecting Critical Art Practices
Hal Foster, art historian and art critic, in conversation with Helmut Draxler, art historian
Against the backdrop of Helmut Draxler’s exhibition, The Content of Form, the topic of this conversation revolves around the following key questions: Are there intrinsically critical art practices? Or have art and critique as different forms of symbolic production gotten together in some specific way in order to infect each other? Do artworks, once infected by critique, remain critical, or do they need a special form of preservation and actualization? What happens with them within the canonizing procedures of art history, of museological classification and preservation, and of representational usage? Is their afterlife making them post-critical?
In occasion of the exhibition "The Content of Form"