The Door Between Either And Or at Kunstverein Munich

Door Between Either And Or

13 July–25 August 2013
Opening: Friday 12 July, 7pm
Kunstverein MunichGaleriestraße 4
80539 Munich

A three-part project consisting of a group exhibition, symposium and publication supported by Bundeskulturstiftung. Door Between Either And Or brings together international artists, theorists and partners to reflect upon conditions surrounding female artistic, theoretical and institutional practices and contemporary gender studies within the changing landscape of biopolitics affected by a burgeoning digital economy.
Part 1
Group exhibition co-curated by Judith Hopf & Marlie Mul and Kunstverein Munich
Chantal Akerman, Jana Euler, Isa Genzken, Morag Keil, Jeanne Mammen, Georgie Nettell, Josephine Pryde, Carol Rama, Gerda Scheepers, Amy Sillman, Pilvi Takala, Gili Tal
Saturday 13 July–25 August 2013
Opening: Friday 12 July, 7pm
Kunstverein Munich, Galeriestraße 4, 80539 Munich

Part 2
‘Sex Beyond Gender?’
Symposium co-organised by Kerstin Stakemeier and Kunstverein Munich
Keynote speakers: Mladen Dolar and Matteo Pasquinelli
Respondents: Trix Dexcess, Motel Gendarm, Jana Gertke, Johanna Gonschorek, Philipp Gufler, Glitz à Hammahai, Emma Hedditch, Johanna Klingler, Liane Klingler, Sarah Lehnerer, Judith Neunhäuserer, Julia Schöll, Kerstin Stakemeier, Angela Stiegler, Meike Tischer, Frauke Zabel, Veronika xxxxxx
Film program curated by Megan Fraser
Sunday 14 July 2013, 11am–6pm
Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3, Munich
Followed by a conversation between Madeleine Bernstorff, Patrizia Dander, Emma Hedditch, Bettina Englerth and Karin Hofmann at Haus der Kunst, Prinzregentenstraße 1, 80538 Munich
Free entry
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Part 3
Publication with Black Dog Publishing
Door Between Either And Or Part 1
What are the conditions of production for artists working today? It could be said that Institutional Critique has been instrumental in the formation of certain self-awareness from artists toward their own practices. This development has significantly contributed to a changing professionalism within art production, whereby the artist becomes more involved in the conditions in which their artworks are produced, made visible and consumed. Today these conditions are not only defined by the parameters of the art institution—as they were criticised by conceptual art practices in the 1970s and 1990s respectively—but have expanded into heterogeneous configurations of relationships, links and currencies. As such, art production today is no stranger to the heightened connectivity and ‘attention economy’ normally associated with digital sociability.
For this group exhibition Judith Hopf and Marlie Mul have selected work by an intergenerational group of artists, which represent a multiplicity of female attitudes towards the conditions of art production in which their work has been and is contextualised historically and within the present.
Door Between Either And Or Part 2‘Sex Beyond Gender?’
This symposium gravitates around questions of where digitality as a state of contemporary capitalism leaves our genders and sexes. The potential transgressive behaviour of digital media will be discussed in relation to binary gender distinctions within psychoanalytic theory. How far are these binaries omnipresent in our actions, thoughts, desires and feelings, and can they become transposed and actualised in pushing for a ‘sex beyond gender?’
Two groups of respondents will react to lectures by international keynote speakers Mladen Dolar and Matteo Pasquinelli and debate their theories in terms of a possible praxis. Following the discussion filmmaker Megan Fraser will present a curated film program. Afterwards at Haus der Kunst, artist Emma Hedditch, film curator and theorician Madeleine Bernstorff and organisers of the feminist film festival Bimovie, Karin Hofmann and Bettina Englerth will join Patrizia Dander, curator of the exhibition So Much I Want to Say: From Annemiek to Mother Courage – Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst in conversation and together trace the influence of Laura Mulvey’s seminal essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” from 1975.
Door Between Either And Or Part 3Following Parts 1 and 2, a publication documenting the exhibition and symposium with commissioned texts and contributions from international partners will be published by Black Dog publishing.
Partners:Door Between Either And Or is supported by Bundeskulturstiftung
Symposium in co-operation with cx centrum
für interdisziplinäre studien der Akademie der Bildenden Künste München