10 February 20, 1–8 pm
Venue: KW Studio, front building, 1st floor
Rob Crosse, Victor Payares, Doireann O’Malley, Esper Postma, Clémentine Deliss
BPA Talks is a three-part public lecture series in partnership with BPA // Berlin program for artists. In February, the first of three BPA Talks will take place at KW. In one-hour presentations, BPA participants Rob Crosse, Victor Payares, Doireann O’Malley, and Esper Postma will each present their work to the general public. Afterwards, BPA mentor Clémentine Deliss will share her thoughts on alternative structures for artistic exchange. BPA Talks are flexible in format, ranging from introductory presentations of the artist’s work to lecture performances.
One day all this could be yours (part 2)
Rob Crosse will present a new performance piece titled One day all this could be yours (part 2), which uses the physical memory of opening and closing windows of cars he has previously driven, in order to discuss connections between care and automation. Crosse works across video, performance, and photography, focusing on forms of intimacy, intergenerational care, vulnerability, and desire.
Crosse studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Recent exhibitions include Bad Bodies (2019), Tomorrow Maybe, Hong Kong; Solo Presentations (2018), Jerwood, London; and Prime Time (2017), Grundy, Blackpool (GB). His films have been screened as part of Queer: Both sides Now V, Videotage, Hong Kong; Different Ways, Lux, London; and Transactions of desire, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London among others.
Where is the ground?
Victor Payares will present a performative reading of two short stories accompanied by images of his work. As if to portray a memory or a dream, he uses layers of different materials, found objects, sand, and electrical cables. Architecture, observation, and cartography are reappearing references in his work.
Payares studied at the Art Institute at Miami International University of Art and Design (US) and the Royal College of Art in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Ring Bell (2018), Aqbar the Space, London; ESOL Parcheesi (2017), Roman Road, London; and Mi Toronja (2016), Lychee One, London. Selected recent group shows were Get some Headspace (2019), Ralph’s, Köln (DE); Into the Woods (2018), HE.RO Gallery, Amsterdam; and Searching for Magic and The Distorted Image Falling from Your iCloud (2017), The Dot Project, London.
Doireann O’Malley in conversation with Steph Holl-Trieu
Hive Play: Cybersymbiotic meanderings through gaming and virtual reality
Doireann O’Malley will present a reading and conversation with Steph Holl-Trieu on Prototype III: Gravities Broken Rainbow, a virtual reality artwork in progress. O’Malley’s practice draws on a wide range of feminist perspectives, including queer theory, psycho-analysis, quantum physics, genetics, and cybernetics.
Recent solo exhibitions include The Visitors (2019), Stadium, Berlin; Prototypes (2018), Dublin City Gallery The Huge Lane (IE); Disappearances (2015), Image Movement, Berlin. Recent group presentations were Göteborg International Biennal for Contemporary Art (2019); Invisible Realness (2019), PS120, Berlin; and Body Works (2019), Sopot State Gallery (PL).
Steph Holl-Trieu is currently finishing her M.A. at the University of Arts Berlin, researching in the field of media theory—particularly the interface of digital materialism, aesthetics and the political economy.
The Absence of Toto Koopman
In his performance lecture, Esper Postma will speak about his research into the life of family member, fashion model, gallerist, archeologist, and spy Toto Koopman (1908–1991). Postma’s films, objects, and installations explore the ways in which history and collective consciousness are produced and these shared definitions subverted through marginalized histories and intimate personal accounts.
Postma studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and Städelschule Frankfurt am Main (DE). Recent solo exhibitions include Salome (2019), Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster (DE); Rebis (2018), Stadtmuseum Lindau (DE); and Betere Betrekkingen (repetitie III) (2013), Moira, Utrecht (NL). Recent group presentations were Innocence (2019), PS120, Berlin; Lichtspiele Arnsberg (2018, DE); and Notes From a Trembling Community in a Wilful State of Flux (2018), Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn (NL).
Rhetorical Systems are Organs
Clémentine Deliss will speak about organs as rhetorical systems with political and dialogical ramifications. She uses this metaphor to investigate chronic breakdowns in art and to compose a metabolic alternative.
Dr. Clémentine Deliss is a curator, publisher and cultural historian. Between 2010 and 2015, she directed the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt (DE), instituting a new research lab to remediate collections within a post-ethnological context. In 2015, she was Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin and in 2016, co-curator of Hello World at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In 2017–2018, she was Professor at ENSAPC Paris and held an International Chair at Université Paris 8. Between 2018–2019, she was Professor of Curatorial Theory and Dramaturgical Practice at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (DE). Deliss is currently Guest Professor in History and Theory at HFBK Hamburg (DE), Faculty at Large at SVA New York (US) and Guest Mentor of BPA since 2019.
BPA Talks 2
4–31 May 20
Nadja Abt, Niklas Binzberger, Dina Khouri, Anton Steenbock, Kader Attia
BPA Talks 3
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