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12.00: Jorinde Seijdel, the curator of this day, asks why radical forms of makeover are imagined and practiced so abundantly today. What kind of new ‘forms of life’ are produced? And how do these appear with art and artists? 12.30: Boris Groys expands about the transformation of oneself into an image of universality; 14.00 Heath Bunting and his Identity Bureau challenge the idea of personhood all together. 14.30 Aynouk Tan; 15.00: Miya Yoshida points at the amateur; 16.30: Anneke Smelik at the ideal of the hairless body. While at 17.30 Camiel van Winkel will discuss the ability of the contemporary art world to move “beyond the contemporary”.

In the interludes of the Extreme Makeover lecture program episodes will be shown from the American reality series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. 14 artists are competing for a solo-exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art in NYC and a cash prize of $100.000. Witnessing above all the act of making art dramatized, we observe the participants going through an extreme makeover, from regular artist to artistic Idol…

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12.00—12.30 Introduction

curator Jorinde Seijdel

“…with their pre-eminently precarious identities, artists, too, consciously or not, intentionally or not, undergo various makeovers throughout their lives, as they have done throughout history, from romantic genius to flex worker to, yes…zombie.”

Jorinde Seijdel

Jorinde Seijdel


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12.30 –13.30 Lecture

On the Use of Theory by Art and Use of Art by Theory

Boris Groys

“The transformation of oneself into a universal image, e.g. an image of universality, is, for sure, the most radical form of makeover that we can imagine and practice.”

Boris Groys

Boris Groys


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14.00 –14.30 Presentation

Identity Bureau: an introduction

Heath Bunting

Identity Bureau challenges the idea of personhood by showing how materially produced an identity is. Heath Bunting explores the porosity of borders. Often performing as an interventionist or prankster and finding form within everyday acts of resistance, Bunting’s work reaches its public through systems of documentation and distribution including photography, print publishing and the web. Dismantling the divisions separating art and everyday life, Bunting prioritizes information and action. His work is based on creating open and democratic systems by modifying communication technologies and social systems. This presentation will be followed by a workshop for a group of maximum 20 participants.

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14.45—16.15 Workshop
Identity Bureau
Heath Bunting

The number of participants is limited to 20. Please register at the front desk or make an early reservation at tickets@wearethetime.info

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15.00—16.00 Lecture

Labours of Love Revisited

Miya Yoshida

Are the amateur and the professional each others makeover?

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16.30—17.15 Lecture

A Close Shave: The Taboo on Body Hair in Contemporary Culture

Anneke Smelik

In a technologically mediated culture the human body has become the nexus of new ideals which move it further away from ‘nature’. This lecture will explore the relationship between technology and the ideal of the body beautiful, in particular a body devoid of body hair.

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17.30—18.30 Lecture

Contemporary Escapism

Camiel van Winkel

Is the time of the present a time of transition?

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12.00—
The Metaphysics of Youth & Hairsalon with special guest Aynouk Tan

Location: The Salon/Classroom

On Thursday Aynouk Tan will elaborate on her practice as fashion connoisseur and her thoughts on temporality and self-identity.

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12.00—
Library

Location: Downstairs behind the stairs

For those who like to read more on the topics related to WE ARE THE TIME the library sets up a reading corner each day near the gym next to the staircase. Quick snappers will get an overview of the relevant publications the library holds, slow flowers will have an opportunity to sit down and read.

Book of the day
Mit haut und Haaren : der Körper in der zeitgenössischen Kunst

Eine Studie zum Thema “Der Körper in der zeitgenössischen Kunst” – das klingt zunächst vielversprechend, zumal künstlerische Arbeit heute mehr denn je mit körperlichem Einsatz verbunden ist. Die Glaubwürdigkeit zeitgenössischer Künstler bemisst sich unter anderem daran, wie sie sich selbst inszenieren. In Mit Haut und Haaren setzt Marina Schneede jedoch bei einer anderen Frage an: der nach der künstlerischen Verwendung des Körpers. In den sechziger Jahren habe die Body-Art den Körper zum Werk erklärt, in den siebziger Jahren wäre er “Material” zahlreicher Performances gewesen, und in den neunziger Jahren sei er als Materie künstlerischer Arbeit in Erscheinung getreten. Nach dieser Eingangsthese folgt die Überprüfung an künstlerischem Material. Dabei wäre die Klärung der jeweiligen Körperverständnisse hilfreich gewesen wäre. Hat man es mit einer essenzialistischen Vorstellung des Körpers zu tun, mit konstruierten Körpern?

+ www.zeit.de

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Broadcast
F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O.

Location: Radiostation in the textile classroom

Throughout the week, different radio programs will take place with a variety of guests and a range of live musical acts (4 hours broadcasting every day).

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