Montag, 1. November 2010

November 27: Seminar with Brian Holmes and Charles Esche

On Saturday, November 27, Platform Moderne Kunst presents a discussion with American theorist Brian Holmes and Van Abbemuseum director Charles Esche. The seminar is intended for MA students specializing in modern and contemporary art.

Brian Holmes is an art critic and cultural theorist who engages in collaborative research around the world. Last year a collection of essays entitled Escape the Overcode, Activist Art in the Control Society was published by the Van Abbemuseum and the curatorial collective WHW. Over the last decade he has worked with activist artists such as Ne Pas Plier, Bureau d’Études, Makrolab, Hackitecura and the 16 Beaver Group. He has contributed to many journals, magazines and web venues, including Multitudes, Springerin, Open and Nettime. Previous publication include Hieroglyps of the Future: Art & Politics in a Networked Era (Zagrabe, WHW & Arkzin, 2002) and Unleashing the Collective Phantoms: Essays in Reverse Imagineering (New York, Autonomedia, 2007).

Charles Esche is a curator and writer. Between 2000 and 2004 he was the Director of Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden and since 2004 he is Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Esche has co-curated several international exhibitions and biennials. He is co-founder and co-editor of Afterall journal and Afterall Books. Esche is a theory advisor at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam and visiting professor at NABA, Milano.

The seminar takes place in the light of a symposium The Artistic Device organized by the Van Abbemuseum with Brian Holmes, which includes a performance-lecture Möglichkeitsraum by the artist Angela Melitopolous on Saturday afternoon, in which Brian Holmes participates. The discussion with Brian Holmes and Charles Esche will focus on Holmes’ reading of Melitopolous’s documentary and activist modes of artistic practice. To this end participating students must read the text “The Artistic Device” ( and “Extradisciplinary Investigations: Towards a New Critique of Institutions” (

The seminar will take place in the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. There only is room for a limited number of participants. The invitation will be distributed to MA students of the various universities by email; if you would like to attend, you can contact the teacher who sent you the mail.

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