LECTURE AND BOOKPRESENTATION
THURSDAY 16.02.12 AT 7PM
Commerce by Artists is a thick and carefully-thought volume, investigating the proposals, practices and ways of life of artists who have ben conducing commercial transactions as part of their work, challenging the realities of art and questioning their usual conditions of production. The book discusses some well-known initiatives by Lee Lozano, Gordon Matta-Clark or Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and also sheds new light on the work of the likes of Tehching Hsieh, Ben Kinmont, Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Maria Eichhorn or Mladen Stilinović.
Luis Jacob’s talk will contextualize his interest in the idea of Commerce by Artists with a presentation of the “network aesthetics” of Canadian artist collectives Image Bank (Vancouver) and General Idea (Toronto); he will further discuss the status of artistic production, in relation to the importance of process, flow, circulation and the relationship between material “things” and immaterial “values” and/or “meanings.”