Synthetic Spectra und Plastic Givens

First broadcast: Mon 02.11.2015, 11.00 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 18.11.2015, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Marina Vishmidt, Benjamin Tiven

In 2015–16 the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory will be focusing on work proposals that raise questions – in a broader sense – about the constitution and effect of the imaginary in critical art practices. The new fellows Andrea Bellu (GER), Fokus Grupa (HR), Benjamin Tiven (USA) and Marina Vishmidt & Anthony Iles (UK) presented their work and their plans for the coming months in the context of the Start Up Lectures 2015/16 on Fri 16th October 2015.

The BÜCHS’N’RADIO-broadcast in November is dedicated to the presentations of Benjamin Tiven und Marina Vishmidt & Anthony Iles. They are talking about the poetic mix of money, art and audio-visual media as exemplified by Greek history in the recent and more distant past (Tiven); and about forms of relations between artistic practice and social crisis, with respect to the question of art’s self-abolition (Vishmidt & Iles).


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Marina Vishmidt is a London-based writer occupied mainly with questions around art, labor and value. She is the author of Speculation as a Mode of Production (Brill, early 2016) and A for Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Textem, 2015). She also works regularly with Anthony Iles and with Melanie Gilligan. She collaborates with artists and contributes to journals such as Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, and the South Atlantic Quarterly, as well as co-/edited collections and catalogs,most recently Anguish Language (Archive Books, forthcoming). She is part of the Theory faculty at the Dutch Art Institute, a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University and the University of Brighton, and has taught at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Central Saint Martins, and Goldsmiths.

Benjamin Tiven is an American filmmaker and writer. Recent exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Delfina Foundation, London; 1/9unosunove gallery, Rome, and Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster. Films screened at the Viennale, FIDMarseille, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, and Arsenale Cinema, Berlin. Recent publications: Scrim Sinews (Cura Books, 2015), and contributions to the journals Triple Canopy, Bidoun, and Bulletins of the Serving Library.