Session 1 (Thursday 28 February):
Can we rediscover latent potentials in the exhausted conflicts and promises of modernism?
Programmed & chaired by Jan Verwoert.
Speakers: Nikolaus Hirsch, Deimantas Narkevicius.

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Duration: 1 hr 26 mins

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Chair: Jan Verwoert

Jan Verwoert is a Berlin-based critic and art historian. He is a contributing editor of Frieze and writes for various publications including Frieze, Afterall and Metropolis M. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. His book Bas Jan Ader — In Search of the Miraculous was published in 2006 by Afterall Books/MIT Press. He worked with Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum on the ART SHEFFIELD 08 festival for which he wrote the text which provides a conceptual framework for the event and co-curated the city-wide exhibition.

Nikolaus Hirsch
** Please note: Nikolaus Hirsch was unable to participate due to problems with travel on the day **

Nikolaus Hirsch is an architect based in Frankfurt am Main, who teaches at the Architectural Association in London and at UPenn in Philadelphia. His work includes the internationally acclaimed Dresden Synagogue, the Hinzert Document Center, the European Kunsthalle in Cologne and United Nations Plaza (with Anton Vidokle) in Berlin. He has curated ErsatzStadt: Repräsentationen des Urbanen at the Berlin Volksbühne. His work has been awarded a number of prizes, including the World Architecture Award 2002, and has been shown in exhibitions such as New German Architecture in Berlin, Utopia Station at the Venice Biennial and Can Buildings Curate, AA London/Storefront Gallery in New York. He is currently working with Raqs Media Collective in a project for Manifesta 7.

Deimantas Narkevicius

Deimantas Narkevicius has become an internationally known film and video artist, since he represented Lithuania at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. On the surface, his films seem to reflect the communist experience in Lithuania, but in fact they go far beyond. Narkevicius explores the perception of history, which can be modified by ideologies and utopias, as well as the social processes by identifying the existential interconnection of his films' protagonists with their urban and economic environment. In order to reflect these links, different cinematographic techniques and narrative procedures overlap in his films. In his art he wants to identify places and elaborate their specific structures.

He has recently shown his work at Skulptur Projekte Münster 07, The Slovenian Pavilion, Venice Biennial, 2007, Prague Biennale 3, 2007 and has had recent solo shows at Index, Stockholm, Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Secession, Vienna and DAAD Galerie, Berlin. He is based in Vilnius, Lithuania.In his presentation Deimantas Narkevicius will talk about several of his film and and photographic works, including "Disappearance of a tribe", "Once in the XX century", which is the continuation series of work examining the period of radical social experiment that took place in Soviet Europe in the post war period.

This session was followed by a screening of his work Energy Lithuania at 5.45





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Session 1 (Thursday 28 February): Jan Verwoert, with Diemantas Narkevicius.
Session 2 (Friday 29 February): Jan Verwoert with Babak Afrassiabi and Irit Rogoff.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February): Becky Shaw, Jennifer Johns and Annika Eriksson.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February): Breakout session with Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi.
Session 3 (Friday 29 February):Breakout session with Jeanine Griffin and Katy Woods.
Plenary (Friday 29 February)