Frieze London 2012: Talks Programme Announced

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Brian O’DohertyTino SehgalSturtevantLynne TillmanMarina Warner and John Waters are all part of the line-up of international artists, filmmakers, curators and cultural commentators taking part in Frieze Talks 2012. Frieze Talks is a daily programme of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions that take place in the auditorium at Frieze London. It is presented by Frieze Foundation and programmed by the editors of frieze magazine: Dan Fox, Jörg Heiser and Jennifer Higgie.

The diverse programme includes Sturtevant in conversation with John Waters on the subject of ‘stupidity’; Tino Sehgal will talk about his relationship to conceptualism, choreography and the art object with Jörg Heiser and Kasper König, co-founder of Sculpture Projects Munster and director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne since 2000, discusses with Jochen Volz, newly appointed as Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London and a contributing editor to frieze, his five decades of curating.

Frieze Talks 2012 also includes three panel discussions focusing on current debates in contemporary art and theory. Led by writers Isobel Harbison, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie and Brian Dillon, topics include: ‘Deeply Superficial’, an analysis of the aesthetic and economic phenomenon of the stock image as source material for art; ‘Being Difficult’, looking at how refusal can define responsibility within the context of the Middle East; and ‘Attention! Criticism and its Distractions’, which will consider what kinds of concentration are at work in art criticism today. Panel participants include: Lauren Cornell, Orit Gat, Hassan Khan, Vasıf Kortun, Oliver Laric, Alex Provan and Marina Warner, Martin Westwood and Akram Zaatari.

Keynote lectures will be given by artist, critic and novelist Brian O’Doherty, who will discuss the evolution of his ideas and the role of creativity and research in this work, and critic and novelist Lynne Tillman, who will speak about the under-examined relationship between imagination and criticism.

Jennifer Higgie said of the programme: ‘We are thrilled to host the extraordinary artists, curators, writers and filmmakers taking part in Frieze Talks this year. We look forward to welcoming you to the auditorium to take part in what promises to be a lively and fascinating four days of debate and discussion.’

Frieze Talks are open to all ticket holders for Frieze London. Seats are available for reservation from midday on the day of the talk.

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