Kunsthalle / On the Move

Dr. Armen Avanessian, Post-Contemporary Art and the Time Complex, discussion - Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6 p.m.: presentation of the Justus Bier Prize, 7.30 p.m.: lecture and discussion with Dr. Armen Avanessian, Port25, Mannheim // The conversation with the Austrian artist centers on a single question: How do our visions of the future affect art today? Beforehand, the Justus Bier Prize will be officially awarded to Dr. Inge Herold and Dr. Karoline Hille.

Following a short presentation by the author on his new book, Miamification (Berlin, 2017), the panel will discuss how contemporary art visualizes the future. Concepts that are present in Avanessian’s work—such as criticism, ethopoesis, poetic othering, capitalism, and the future - will be explained to the audience.
The event will focus on the future-oriented present, whose status-quo the author criticizes against the backdrop of a so-called “pre-emptive” economic and financial policy. At Port25, Armen Avanessian will share his “time complex” theories, and will speak about an inverted understanding of time in post-capitalist society. This refers to so-called “post-contemporary art,” which is designed with a speculative vision of the future in mind.

Armen Avanessian (b. 1973, lives in Berlin)

Armen Avanessian studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris, and literature in Bielefeld. After completing his dissertation, he worked for several years as a freelance journalist, editor, and in publishing in Paris and London, before moving to the Free University of Berlin from 2007–14. In 2011, he was a Visiting Fellow at the German Department of Columbia University, and in 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at the German Department of Yale University. In recent years, he has held several posts as a visiting professor and lecturer at various art academies in Nuremberg, Vienna, Basel, Copenhagen, and California (CalArts). He is the founder of the research platform www.spekulative-poetik.de and is Editor-at-Large at MERVE publishing house.
Port25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6 p.m.: presentation of the Justus Bier Prize
7.30 p.m.: lecture and discussion with Dr. Armen Avanessian Hafenstraße 25-27
68159 Mannheim
Entrance is free.

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