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Spike Conversations: Is the artist obsolete?

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Friday, April 15, 4pm
Is the artist obsolete?
Yilmaz Dziewior (Museum Ludwig) & Nik Kosmas (former artist)
NADA Lounge, Art Cologne

Moderated by Spike editor Alexander Scrimgeour.

Being an artist means something different when the myth of creativity and self-determination permeates all spheres. Can the individual artwork still produce difference after the disappearance of stable ideas of the public and of history? Or does artistic work flow into the design of being or become a way of thinking?

Yilmaz Dziewior is Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. He was previously head of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, where he presented solo exhibitions of Cosima von Bonin, Harun Farocki, Haegue Yang, and Danh Võ. 

Together with Daniel Keller, Nik Kosmas cofounded AIDS-3D in 2006 – an artist collective that produced installations, net-based works, and performances until it was disbanded in 2013. Since then, Nik Kosmas has worked as a personal trainer and entrepreneur.

Spike Conversations are dialogues with artists, curators, and critics about current developments in art and the art world. Topics of discussion include: “painting as code;” post-humanism and the possibility of its figuration, and “Is the artist obsolete?” The stage will be transformed into a green-screen box, with a DJ before and after the talks.