Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 pm
Questions of Inactivity

Panel discussion with Hannah Black (artist and writer, Berlin), Caroline Busta (author and editor-in-chief, Texte zur Kunst), and Kerstin Stakemeier (professor for art theory and art education, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg), moderated by Rhea Dall (curator, director Unge Kunstneres Samfund, Oslo, and founding director PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art)

In English
Free admission

The exhibition
Hours and Hours of Inactivity presents the recipients of the Berlin Senate’s 2016 Art Fellowship. It borrows its title from a line in a song by one of the participating artists, Mariechen Danz, and her band UNMAP, reflecting the curatorial approach of looking at both new and older works, thus placing the complex dynamics and the continuity of the artistic practices in the foreground.

The panel discussion
Questions of Inactivity opens up a plethora of questions alluded to in the exhibition’s title. Inactivity is a contested subject. It rings vast questions, whether reflecting potential resistance to the current wave of populism or non-participation in exploitative work-conditions. Rather than assuming ‘one’ common understanding of inactivity, this evening functions as a three-way presentation followed by a discussion. Hannah Black, Caroline Busta, and Kerstin Stakemeier each reflect on the term ‘inactivity’ from their different viewpoints, offering three disparate insights into this notion. While not aiming to exhaust the question of inactivity in its full complexity, the event provides a shared thinking of different iterations of inactivity—political, repressive or social—from a city that has long been seen as one of the last sites of escape from high-pitched production.

Hannah Black is a writer and artist. Her reviews and essays have been published in
Afterall, Artforum, Frieze, The New Inquiry and Texte zur Kunst, a. o. She has shown her video works and other projects at venues such as the New Museum Theater, New York (2016); Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin (2016); ICA, London (2016); The Kitchen, New York (2016); Swiss Institute, New York (2015); Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2014).

Caroline Busta is the editor-in-chief of 
Texte zur Kunst, previously she was associate editor of Artforum magazine as well as co-director of the Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York (2006–2008). She has lectured and published catalogue essays on the work of artists such as Merlin Carpenter, Bernadette Corporation, and Bjarne Melgaard. Her current writing and research focuses on art’s relationship to pop culture and ideations of the body.

Rhea Dall is the director of UKS – Unge Kunstneres Samfund (Young Artists’ Society) in Oslo and co-founder of PRAXES, a not-for-profit institution that operated in Berlin from 2013 to 2015, focusing long-term on artistic practices by, a. o., Judith Hopf, Jutta Koether and Matt Mullican. In 2016, PRAXES’ second chapter developed around Lynda Benglis and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd as part of Bergen Assembly. Dall has contributed to numerous publications and journals including
Texte zur Kunst, Cura, Bulletins of The Serving Library, and Mousse.

Kerstin Stakemeier, based in Berlin, works as a professor of art theory and mediation at the Academy of Arts Nuremberg and contributes to
Artforum and Texte zur Kunst et al. Book publications include: Painting – The Implicit Horizon (with Avigail Moss, 2012), Power of Materials / Politics of Materiality; The Present of the Future (with Susanne Witzgall, 2014/2016); 2016 saw the release of Reproducing Autonomy (with Marina Vishmidt). Currently she is working on the long-term project Klassensprachen / Class Languages (with Manuela Ammer, Eva Birkenstock, Jenny Nachtigall, Stephanie Weber) that will start with two group shows in Berlin and Düsseldorf.