Tino Sehgal in Conversation


Saturday, 20 October, 2-3.30pm & 4-5.30pm
Goethe-Institut London, 50 Princes Gate Exhibition Road London SW7 2PH
In English
Admission free but booking essential.
For information and booking call +44 20 7596 4000

2PM - 3.30PM
Chris Dercon, Sarat Maharaj, Jessica Morgan, Tom Morton 

4PM - 5.30PM
Richard Sennett, Tino Sehgal

On the occasion of Tino Sehgal's commission for The Unilever Series in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall the artist is in conversation with Richard Sennett. Before, Chris Dercon, Sarat Maharaj, Jessica Morgan and Tom Morton will discuss his practice in the context of live art.

Tino Sehgal was born in London in 1976 and currently lives and works in Berlin. He has risen to prominence for his innovative works which consist purely of live encounters between people. Avoiding the production of any objects, he has pioneered a radical and yet entirely viewer-oriented approach to making art. His works respond to and engage with the gallery visitor directly, creating social situations through the use of conversation, sound and movement, as well as philosophical and economic debate. Having trained in both political economics and choreography, Sehgal’s works are renowned for their high levels of interaction, intimacy, and critical reflection on their environment. He has been included in dOCUMENTA (13) and had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum (New York) in 2010. Sehgal represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Other international solo exhibitions include Villa Reale, Milan; ICA, London; Kunsthaus Bregenz; and the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

About the speakers

Richard Sennett currently is Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University. His research focuses on social ties in cities and the effects of urban living on individuals in the modern society. He has been a Fellow of The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the founding director of the New York Institute for the Humanities. In 2006 Sennett was awarded the Hegel Prize by the German city of Stuttgart, and in 2008 he won Gerda Henkel Prize by the Gerda Henkel Foundation of Düsseldorf, Germany.

Belgian-born Chris Dercon is a curator, author and critic for contemporary art. Prior to his current position as the director of London’s Tate Modern, Dercon worked as directed the Haus der Kunst in Munich. He steered public attention with his interdisciplinary programme and curated exhibitions by artists such as Paul McCarthy, Andreas Gursky, Maison Martin Margiela, Ai Weiwei or Carlo Mollino as well as presentations with and by Alexander Kluge, Christoph Schlingensief and many more. Before his time in Munich Dercon worked as director for the Institute for Contemporary Art P.S.1 in New York, the Witte de With in Rotterdam, and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Sarat Maharaj
is a writer, researcher, curator and professor. He works as Research Professor at Goldsmiths College, London, and Professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems at Lund University, Sweden. He also has taught at Humboldt University, Berlin, and is a Research Fellow at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. His writing covers Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce and Richard Hamilton, as well as Visual Art as Knowledge Production; Textiles, Cultural Translation and Difference; the ‘convergence’ of image, sound, movement and consciousness studies. He was co-curator of documenta 11, Kassel, 2002; Knowledge Lab, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2005; sound.image.movement experiments, Beijing/NY and Benin/Paris, 2006; and the 29th São Paulo Biennale, 2010.

Jessica Morgan
is a London based curator and writer. She is currently the Daskalopoulos Curator for International Art at Tate Modern, London where she has worked since 2002 as a curator. She was appointed to her current position in September 2010 to mainly focus on acquisitions of contemporary and emerging international art, specifically non-western regions, which are central to Tate’s commitment to broadening the geographical scope of the Collection. In addition, Morgan has curated numerous exhibitions at Tate Modern including retrospectives of Martin Kippenberger, John Baldessari and Gabriel Orozco and the Unilever Commissions by Tino Sehgal, Carsten Holler and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Jessica Morgan was previously Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. She has published and lectured extensively on contemporary art and is a regular contributor to art journals including Parkett and Artforum.

Tom Morton is a curator and writer living in London, UK. He co-curated the British Art Show 7 and organised numerous exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London, including solo shows with Cyprien Gaillard and Matthew Darbyshire, and the group show Deceitful Moon. He curated the exhibition How to Endure for the 2007 Athens Biennale, and was co-curator of the 2008 Busan Biennale, South Korea. Morton has been Contributing Editor of frieze magazine since 2003, and he is the author of numerous exhibition catalogue essays, on artists including Roger Hiorns, Erik van Lieshout, Pierre Huyghe, Glenn Brown, Andro Wekua and Victor Man. Currently he is writer-in-residence at Art House Foundation, London. In 2013, he will curate a major exhibition of contemporary art and archaeology in Lincoln, UK.

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