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Jelle Bouwhuis on Wed, 13 Dec 2006 04:51:47 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] 'Archiving Disappearance' in SMCS on 11, December 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. (Modified by Geert Lovink)

SMBA presents in the programme of SMCS on 11:
Saturday 16 December
Forms of Refusal - Archiving Disappearance: the archive
Starts at 1 p.m., to 5 p.m. 
Location: SMCS on 11, at the Stedelijk Museum
Free entrance, reservations at desk {AT} stedelijk.nl
When, as an artist, success is lacking at the beginning of your artistic career, the shift from living and working as a practicing to a non-practicing artist is easily made. So easy, that it takes some time to realize that this step has been taken. But what if your position in the artistic field is accomplished, you’re a successful artist and you decide to stop producing work? Is this to be seen as the end of one’s career, or as a statement towards the art world? Is it not possible to blur from one profession to another and for others to accept this decision as private rather than as a considered statement? Does the impossibility of ‘stepping out’ without the art world examining one’s reasons, implicate a radical fusion of art and life? When we talk about successful artists who made the decision to stop producing work, we also refer to them as having ‘stepped out’ of art. In the project Archiving Disappearance this phenomenon is investigated.

In connection to the symposium “Forms of Refusal” at the Van Abbe Museum, to be held there on December the 15th at the occasion of the Lee Lozano retrospective, in ‘SMCS on 11’ cases are discussed from the archive of Archiving Disappearance by guest speakers
Word of welcome, Jelle Bouwhuis (curator SMBA) and introduction by Krist Gruijthuijsen, organizer of Archiving Disappearance
Passing time (On Tehching Hsieh) by Andreas Gedin

“Hsieh is an artist whose medium of expression is not words or sounds or paint, but his own life. His work consists of five "One Year Performances," done between the years of 1978 and 1986, and "Earth," a thirteen-year performance that stretched from the end of 1986 to the end of 1999. Each of these Performances involves a particular vow, a particular constraint, and a particular mode of being. Each of them is meticulously documented in a manner appropriate to its content. And, although Hsieh never explicitly states his rationales for his pieces, each of them implicitly raises profound, difficult questions about life and art and being, and about what it means to live in the world we live in” (Steven Shaviro).

‘Win First Don't Last - Win Last Don't Care’ by Bob Nickas
“Laurie Parsons made a modest stir in the mid-'80s with her ephemeral interventions. Less than a decade later, she had all but vanished from sight. Another testament to the brutal vagaries of artistic success?”
Coffee break
Anna Winteler update, by Hinrich Sachs
“Anna Winteler grew up in Neuchâtel, the French part of Switzerland, and got in the eighties internationally recognised for her video work. In 1991 she decided to put an end to her artistic career to pursue a living as a physiotherapist. When I met her last summer I still remembered her name and work clearly. After exchanging some thoughts we decided to make an appointment to talk about what drove her to this decision”.
Screening of Anna Winteler's documentary catalogue Discours des montagnes à la mer, 1988 (Kunsthalle Basel).
'The paradoxical representation of disappearance', an open conversation between Hedwig Saxenhuber and Krist Gruijthuijsen.
Andreas Gedin is an artist and writer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has organized several exhibitions nationally and internationally. Among them shows as Say Hello to Peace and Tranquility, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, Attention Span, Freespace, Sydney and several solo shows. He is a member of the programming committee of Index, the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation and from 2006 he is a Ph.D. student in fine arts at Valand, Gothenburg. He invited Tehching Hsieh 2002 to Stockholm to present his work.

Krist Gruijthuijsen studied fine art at the Art Academy in Maastricht followed by a post-graduate study at the HISK in Antwerp. He has organized and participated in numerous of national and international exhibitions and projects such as "We all laughed at Christopher Columbus", Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and Platform Garanti, Istanbul, "Archiving Disappearance”: Symposium nr. 1”, Platform Garanti, Istanbul. He’s is the organizer and initiator of the Archiving Disappearance project

Bob Nickas is curator and writer living and working in New York. He is currently a Curatorial Advisor at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York where he has organised many shows including Lee Lozano: Drawn from life (1961-1971) and Wolfgang Tillmans. Recently Nickas became interested in researching the lives and work of strong, radical female artists who at some point chose to bring an end to their practice. Among them Cady Noland, Laurie Parsons and Lee Lozano. 

Hinrich Sachs is an artist based in Basel, Switzerland. He regularly contributes for magazines and catalogues and is currently holding the position of an advising researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. His recent activities focus on frameworks of cultural production, e.g. copyright issues. In 2004 Hinrich Sachs interviewed Anna Winteler. This was 12 years after she decided to stop producing art. It was the first time she spoke openly about it. The interview was published in De Witte Raaf.

Hedwig Saxenhuber is independent curator and co-editor of springerin-Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, lives and works in Vienna. Since 2005 she programs (together with Christian Kravagna) for Kunstraum Lakeside in Klagenfurt. She regularly contributes for magazines and catalogues and published among others on Yvonne Rainer, Louise Lawler and on art and feminism. Recently she curated for Kunsthalle Wien; ACF, New York and HBK Leipzig. In MUMOK, Vienna, she curated the exhibition ‘Short careers’ (2004), which will be subject of the discussion.
More information on ‘Forms of Refusal’, see www.vanabbemuseum.nl. 'Archiving Disappearance: the archive is co-organized' by Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, www.smba.nl
SMCS on 11
SMCS on 11 is the programme of lectures, discussions, film and video presentations by Stedelijk Museum CS. The ‘11’ refers to the 11th storey of the Post CS Building, where most of the activities are held.
Stedelijk Museum CS, Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam

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