RCA talks

Visual Cultures Lecture Series – Joseph Kosuth in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

28 October 2014 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

This autumn the RCA School of Fine Art hosted its third Visual Cultures public lecture series with a focus on today’s art production and culture. The theme, Contemporaneity and Other Tales, invited audiences and cultural figures to consider the world around them through various artistic mediums. Guest speakers, including distinguished artists, writers, curators and academics engaged audiences in conversations about today’s artistic production process and the broader cultural discussion that their art inspires.

Kosuth is an American artist who is often referred to as 'the father of conceptual art'. He is credited with initiating appropriation strategies, language-based works, and the use of photography in the 1960s. Through his practice and writing, Kosuth consistently explores the role of language and meaning within art. His most renowned work is One and Three Chairs and his recent solo exhibitions include: Ni Apparence, Ni Illusion in the Musee du Louvre in Paris and An Interpretation of this Title. Nietzsche, Darwin and the Paradox of Content, for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is a Swiss curator and currently holds the positions of Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes, and the Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Since 1991 Obrist has curated over 150 international exhibitions in venues such as the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Museum in Progress in Vienna.  In addition to curatorial work, Obrist is known as the artworld’s 'Studs Terkel' or its default oral historian as he has many interviews saved as video exhibitions or in book series.