Park Nights: Diedrich Diederichsen and Dorothea von Hantelmann

18 Sep 2009 Free

Drawing on fresh readings of Marxist and postmodern thought, renowned German cultural critic Diedrich Diederichsen discussed his recent text, On (Surplus) Value in Art.

Dorothea von Hantelmann
The art historian, writer and curator Dorothea von Hantelmann examined her research paper The Rise of the Exhibition (2009).

After her university studies in Berlin and a job as a researcher at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1999 von Hantelmann became a member of the collaborative research project Cultures of the Performative, which is based at Berlin’s Free University. She has published multiple articles on individual artists such as Daniel Buren, James Coleman, Jeff Koons, and Pierre Huyghe, and completed a PhD dissertation with the title, How to Do Things with Art: On the Meaning of Performativity for Visual Art.

Besides her theoretical work, von Hantelmann has curated and co-curated several projects and exhibitions, such as Elective Affinities, an interdisciplinary art/theatre project for the Vienna Festival in 1999 (together with Hortensia Všlckers and others), I like theatre & theatre likes me for the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg in 2001 and I promise it’s political for the Museum Ludwig in Cologne in 2002.

Diedrich Diederichsen
Drawing on fresh readings of Marxist and postmodern thought, renowned German cultural critic Diederichsen discussed his recent publication On (Surplus) Value in Art (2008).

Diederichsen is one of Germany’s most renowned cultural critics, whose work is seen regularly in magazines, including Texte zur Kunst, Theater heute, Jungle World, Artforum, and Die Zeit, and in newspapers such as Tagesspiegel and Tageszeitung. He was editor of the German music magazines Sounds (1979-1983) and Spex (1985-1990) as well as the books Yo! Hermeneutics: Schwarze Kulturkritic/Pop/Medien/Feminismus (1993); Loving the Alien: Science Fiction, Diaspora, Multikultur (1998); and Golden Years: Dokumente und Materialen zue queeren Subkultur 1959-1974 (2004). His own books include: Schocker – Stile und Moden der Subkultur, with Dick Hebdige (1983); Sexbeat (1985, reissued in 2002), Freiheit macht arm 1990-1993 (1993); Politische Korrekturen (1996); Der lange Weg nach Mitte. Der Sound und die Stadt (1999), 2000 Schallplatten 1979-1999 (2000); Musikzimmer: Avantgarde und Alltag. Mit großer Diskographie (2005); the collection of his essays in Spanish translation, Personas en loop: Ensayos sobre la cultura pop (2005); and another collection of essays in French translation, Argument Son – de Britney Spears à Helmut Lachenmann: Critique électroacoustique de la société (2007), and most recently Eigenblutdoping. Künstlerromantik und Selbstverwertung: Selbstverwertung, Künstlerromantik, Partizipation (2008). He is Professor of Theory, Practice and Communication of Contemporary Art at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) in Vienna.

Park Nights 2009

Park Nights is an annual series of events staged every Friday night in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. The 2009 programme included music, theatre, performances, talks and film screenings. The season culminated in October with Poetry Marathon, the latest in the Gallery’s acclaimed series of Marathons, conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery Co-Director.

All events were held in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA.


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