Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5 pm
Institution and Subjectivity as Social Constructs

Conversation between Carver Audain (artist, New York), Eric de Bruyn (professor of modern and contemporary art, Freie Universität Berlin), Coco Fusco (artist and writer, New York), Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff (artists, Berlin), moderated by John Miller
Presentation online, in English

The ability to identify an entity as a social construct undermines its apparent inevitability. Institutions are no longer steadfast and unquestionable, just as ethnic origin does not have to irrevocably define a person’s existence. Both – institution and individual – determine the respective status of the other. Art as an institution constantly redefines its own rules, and as such can set standards in the formation of systems and identities. Carver Audain, Eric de Bruyn, Coco Fusco, Calla Henkel, and Max Pitegoff will discuss with John Miller on the occasion of the exhibition Lost in America how American art operates within the dialectic of institution and subject, and what consequences it has when the global prestige of American art is marked by a loss of meaning.

The talk can be watched here from October 1, 2020.