Chus Martínez and Ingo Niermann on Love, Partnership and Conflicts of interest

Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze
U Akademie 4 Aula
Praha 7
Czech Republic


Chus Martínez and Ingo Niermann on Love, Partnership and Conflicts of interest

What can you do when you can do nothing? Ties, bonds, embraces, and fights are methods to relate. The invited speakers think about the importance of trust, love, and care and posit them as crucial components necessary in order to form a think tank, a working group, or an exchange pool. How is this different from nepotism? It is different from nepotism because the main goal is not to corrupt power with relations, but to form relations to regain a sense of relevance.
Curator and author Chus Martínez and author and artist Ingo Niermann discuss the joys and complications of being an artistic couple, from collaboration to conflicts of interest. Taking as a point departure their shared personal ground they investigate the possibly generative ontologies of love, compassion, and partnership from within an arts context and beyond it to society at large.
Chus Martínez is a Spanish author, art historian, and curator, the director of the Art Institute at FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Martínez was chief curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York and MACBA, Barcelona, director of Frankfurter Kunstverein, co-curator of dOCUMENTA 13, the Istanbul and São Paulo biennales, the Carnegie International, and many others. She is currently also an Expedition Leader of the second cycle of TBA21–Academy fellowship The Current.
Ingo Niermann is a German writer, artist, and the editor of the speculative book series Solution from which he just co-edited Solution 275–294 Communists Anonymous. He is currently writing Solution Oceans and is about to release the sequel of Army of Love, an expanded film he made together with director Alexa Karolinski.

November 21
Semi-public Seminar, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: AVU Library
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November 22
Public Lecture, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Aula 3rd floor, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, U Akademie 172/4, 170 00 Prague, Czech Republic
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Class of Interpretation (COI) is a joint educational project between Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (TBA21), and the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (AVU). 

The program offers ten semesters (2018–2023) of rigorous academic sessions including both open public lectures and semi-public seminars. A core group of twenty-five students have been selected for these semi-public seminars, but COI has the capacity to extend an invitation to more guests from the general public. It proposes to form an enclave of embodied learning, which will further a deep exploration of some crucial themes of contemporary art, including ecology, philosophy, and politics with international and local experts. 

COI is curated by Boris Ondreička (TBA21) and Václav Janoščík (AVU).