CALL + RESPONSE Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Friday, 25 April 2008 Evening OPENING EVENTS Forsyth + Pollard London-based artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively in 1993. An interdisciplinary approach to art, music, mediation and ’liveness’ has led to their continued engagement with the soundtrack underpinning contemporary life. Their universal yet highly personal strategies play out ideas of memory, performance and the mediated image in a challenging but highly accessible body of work.
- Saturday, 26 April 2008 10am-6pm Mondo Youtube This day-long session brings together several artists who have explored the participatory potential of mainstream media such as advertising, the Internet, reality television, video games, MySpace and YouTube. Given the increasingly profit-driven nature of most of these formats, is it possible for a challenging culture of call-and-response to exist within these nascent public spheres, or inevitable that all criticism and innovative thought introduced into these new formats will immediately be instrumentalized towards commercial ends? Invited artists will supplement discussions of their own work with examples of mainstream media that have interested them, influenced them, or into which they have actively intervened.
with: Cory Arcangel, New York Matthieu Laurette, Paris Bjørn Melhus, Berlin Guillaume Paris, Paris Gabriel Lester, Amsterdam/Brussels
- Sunday, 27 April 2008 10am-6pm After Images This day-long session brings together several artists who have engaged in explicit call-and-response relationships with other artists or works of art, addressing the crucial exchange and dialogue that motivates artistic practice. Each artist will talk about their own work in relation to those artists or works of art that they respond to or dialogue with in their work.
with: Surasi Kusolwong, Bangkok Jonathan Monk, Berlin Claude Closky, Paris Kaz Oshiro, Los Angeles James Webb, Cape Town
Keynote Speaker: Lawrence Lessig, San Francisco
- Monday, 28 April 2008 9am-8pm Art Goes To The Movies Martin Arnold has written that, “The cinema of Hollywood is a cinema of exclusion, reduction and denial, a cinema of repression. There is always something behind that which is being represented, which was not represented. And it is exactly that that is most interesting to consider.” This premise can be seen to inform the work of many contemporary artists who work in video today. This day-long session brings together several artists who have responded to and cannibalized mainstream cinema in their work, addressing the complex call-and-response relationship that exists between commercial cinema and contemporary art. Each artist will have the opportunity to talk about their use of found footage and their relationship to the cinematic images that they recycle in their work.
with: Paul Pfeiffer, New York Pierre Bismuth, Brussels Martin Arnold, Vienna Candice Breitz, Berlin
Keynote Speaker: Diedrich Diederichsen, Berlin
Evening Momus Live “Ultraconformist, voyager, timelord, tennis and ping pong champion, tender pervert, poison boyfriend, hippopotamus, philosopher, folk singer, star forever.” Nick Currie, more popularly known under the artist name Momus (after the Greek god of mockery), is a songwriter, blogger and a journalist for Wired. Most of his songs are self-referential or postmodern.