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      21 January 2013

      Radio Dedication

      Gerry Bibby, Gregg Bordowitz, Jacob Korczynski, a work by Louise Lawler, Sven Lütticken, Helen Molesworth, Grant Watson
    2. On 20 January 2013, If I Can’t Dance would like to mark its transition from Edition IV – Affect (2010-2012) into Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication (2012-2014) with a full day seminar at the Goethe Institut in Amsterdam. The seminar will explore the relations between affect and appropriation in artistic practice, with contributions that consider how an understanding of reciprocal investment reconfigures the artistic strategy of appropriation as an act that is based in connecting, acknowledging and being porous to material.

      In collaboration with guests Gerry Bibby, Gregg Bordowitz, Jacob Korczynski, Sven Lütticken, Helen Molesworth, and Grant Watson, a series of presentations will unfold that each depart from an interest in affect and appropriation as they are at work in the current projects and research of the guests. The day is orchestrated to include lectures, conversations, screenings, a lecture-performance, music, and a performative intervention in the period rooms of the Goethe Institute. In our midst will be a work by Louise Lawler, as a conversation piece, inspiration and anchor throughout the day. Radio Dedication will be streaming the programme on our website during the seminar.

      10:30 Welcome by Frédérique Bergholtz, Tanja Baudoin & Vivian Ziherl. 

      1. Welcome
    3. 11:00 Sven Lütticken – Appropriation and the Shipwreck of Critical Intentions
      Although appropriation theory ca. 1980 regularly invoked Barthes and the Death of the Author, writings on appropriation often seem to presuppose that the work’s meaning depends on critical intentions shared by artist and critic. Thus a specific model of authorship was tacitly (re)established: the artist, mirrored by the writer, as a critical subject engaging with media images. Recent writing on appropriation art and, crucially, some of the art in question strongly suggests the need for other parameters. Work by Louise Lawler will provide a springboard for discussing this issue.
      1. Appropriation and the Shipwreck of Critical Intentions
      2. Q&A
    4. 11:45 Jacob Korczynski – I See / You Mean
      Through modes of autobiography that draw upon the physicalities of landscape and loved ones in equal measure, in the late 1970s Lucy Lippard and Babette Mangolte both assembled an image of the lives of artists mediated by their seeing I/eye. The former is an image of text, with I See / You Mean anchored upon written descriptions of fictional photographs taken of and by the group of two men and two women whose relationships form the novel. The latter is an image of texture, with Mangolte’s first three feature films exploring the materiality and mechanics of the medium, aligning her subjective camera with the gaze of us, the viewer.
      1. I See / You Mean
      2. Q&A
    5. 12:30 Looking at Louise Lawler roundtable
      1. Louise Lawler roundtable
    6. 14:00 Grant Watson – How We Behave
      Grant Watson will present the Foucault interview How We Behave from Vanity Fair, which is the starting point for his work as researcher in residence at If I Can’t Dance. Published in November 1983, the discussion will focus on what it means to pick up and reflect on this interview and its appearance in Vanity Fair, almost thirty years later. It will consider Foucault’s circumstances at the time of publication, in biographical terms as well as in relation to his theoretical work (in particular his interest in classical antiquity and the idea of an aesthetics of existence) and advance some of Foucault’s suggestions for how we might appropriate and use concepts from the past.
      1. How We Behave
      2. Q&A
    7. 14:45 Gregg Bordowitz – Testing Some Beliefs
      “I believe that art can change the world. I believe that art and freedom are necessarily related. There are no facts to support these claims. Still, I carry these beliefs formed decades ago. How do some beliefs remain and what do I gain by believing? At risk of sounding ridiculous, I will try to explain.”
      1. Testing Some Beliefs
      2. Q&A
    8. 16:15 Helen Molesworth – Gran Fury’s Kissing Doesn’t Kill: Three Times
      This lecture will look at three different moments in the life of Gran Fury’s famous Kissing Doesn’t Kill poster. Thinking the work through activism, appropriation, and the rise of affect theory, the talk charts the history of an image and its reception as it traces the changing conditions of possibility for interpretation and shifting structures of feeling.
      1. Gran Fury’s Kissing Doesn’t Kill: Three Times
      2. Q&A
    9. 17:15 Gerry Bibby – Roadie (Voice Throwing)
      Roadie (Voice Throwing) is a new performance by Gerry Bibby that addresses the social, technical and spatial architecture of the seminar. The notion of throwing the voice in public speaking – as in acting and in ventriloquism – approaches a performativity that involves the mediation of an appropriated body; that of an architectonic or spatial arrangement, or of an automaton. The seminar’s discrete temporal and spatial parameters — its visual and phonic imperatives, its staging of content and the presence of both presenters of and a variably receptive audience of that content – are taken as material itself.
      1. Roadie (Voice Throwing)
    10. 17:45 Looking at Louise Lawler roundtable and final thanks by Frédérique Bergholtz
      1. Louise Lawler roundtable and final thanks
    11. Programme moderated by Tanja Baudoin and Vivian Ziherl.
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