Catalogue on the occassion of the exhibition Lecture Performance at the Kölnischer Kunstverein 24.10. - 20.12.09
Fia Backström, Lutz Becker, Walter Benjamin, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, Achim Lengerer, Michael Lentz / Uli Winters, Xavier Le Roy, Robert Morris, Martha Rosler, TkH (Walking Theory), V-Girls, Tris Vonna-Michell, Jeronimo Voss
The lecture performance has become a feature of contemporary art. Various descriptions of the phenomenon have circulated over the past few years. Artists in this comparatively young genre work at the interface between lecturing and performing, seeking out creative ways of including traditional methods of artistic communication in presenting themselves to an audience. The technique involves elements of self-reflection, discussion and performance. The exhibition Lecture Performance highlights the artistic nature of this method by presenting the latest installations and live performances by Fia Backström, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Achim Lengerer, TkH, Tris Vonna-Michell and Jeronimo Voss and shows where the roots of this contemporary phenomenon lie. The exhibition also includes reference works – which provides inspiration for many young artists – in the form of videos and performance documentation by the V-Girls, Andrea Fraser, Martha Rosler and the French choreographer Xavier Le Roy. The uniqueness and contemporary relevance of lecture performances lies in their hybrid nature, which combines functional presentations with artistic performance: On the one hand they draw on historical methods, and on the other they reflect artists’ responses to today’s art world, in which the boundaries between production, communication and criticism are becoming increasingly blurred.
Kölnischer Kunstverein and Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrad, with essays by Jenny Dirksen, Aldo Milohnic, Marianne Wagner, Ana Vujanovic, Jelena Vesic, Boris Ondreicka / Vit Havranek, designed by Manuel Raeder assisted by Julian von Klier. The typeface Maaru was specifically designed for this book.