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The Process of Content: on a temporality in contemporary art

14:00 on 29 November 2014
Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 13 Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT

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Speakers: Guy Brett (Curator and Critic, London), Tobi Maier (Curator and Writer, São Paulo), Lynda Morris (Curator and Art Historian, Norwich), Prof. Martin Warnke & Carmen Wedemeyer (Researchers, Leuphana University Lüneburg). Chaired by Dr. Lisa Otty (Research Fellow, The University of Edinburgh).

Cooper Gallery in Dundee are pleased to announce the Roundtable Discussion The Process of Content: on a temporality in contemporary art will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 29 November, 2-4.30pm to accompany the current exhibition Anna Oppermann: Cotoneaster horizontalis.

Anna Oppermann’s practice with its distinctive attention to the intellectual and aesthetic possibilities of text, image and object, understands perception and awareness as a ‘practice of thinking’. Echoing the work of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze who theorized ‘thinking’ as a series of moments that together constitute a practice, Oppermann’s unique ‘practice of thinking’ is perpetually fluid and dynamic, an expansive process that evades any possibility of closure or conclusion. The possibilities inherent in this approach, alongside ideas of ‘inhabiting’ and the construction of multiple moments of encounter, manifest the extraordinary spirit in the practices of Oppermann and of many of her contemporaries, which will be explored and elaborated at the Roudtable Discussion.

Drawn from this proposition that the work of Anna Oppermann acts as a ‘practice of thinking’, the roundtable discussion is a stimulating gathering of thoughts from esteemed writers, curators and thinkers, that elaborates and amplifies the histories, politics and social reverberations of art practices in the 1970s and 80s, and the influence and impact they have on our thinking about art and culture today.

Accompanying the Roundtable Discussion will be a series of readings by writers in Scotland.

If you would like to attend The Process of Content: on a temporality in contemporary art, please RSVP to exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk.

Links

The Process of Content Website

Themes

Detail of the ensemble The Artist's Task to Solve Problems (Problem of Space), 1978–1984. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 1981. Courtesy of the Estate of Anna Oppermann and Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin.

Detail of the ensemble The Artist's Task to Solve Problems (Problem of Space), 1978–1984. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 1981. Courtesy of the Estate of Anna Oppermann and Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin.