02.09.2017, 15 Uhr

Vortrag: Problematic Products - On Liz Magor’s Sculpture

Dan Adler (Autor und Professor York University in Toronto)

Problematic Products: On Liz Magor’s Sculpture 

This talk will reflect on Liz Magor’s sculptural practices as problematic products, often drained of colour and incorporating found and castaway things that do not at all seem novel, slick, or hip. Forest trash, cigarette butts, worn-out textiles, and more are staged so that they promote speculation about a loss of retail allure, or a shedding of the thin veneer of fashion. For more than 40 years, her work has encouraged the viewer to slow down, wander about, and listen to those neglected things, to understand their difference and their relationship to obsolescence in ways that are analogous to the predicaments of people, or how they might struggle with desires, with compulsive and addictive behaviors, and with the ideas of value, relevance, and worth. Magor regularly mimics aspects of conventional manufacturing, but does so in ways that manually make room for unusual variations, oddities, and ambiguities, always courting with ideas of inefficiencyqualities that fail in the face of smoothly running, rapid, and relentless machines of marketing and manufacturing. While Magor’s project strikes some notes of optimistic production, it also conveys such failureswithin displays that combine personalized products with signs of alienation and sedation.

Text: Dan Adler

Dan Adler ist Professor für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst an der York University in Toronto. Er ist Autor von Hanne Darboven: Cultural History 1880-1983 (Afterall Books/MIT Press, 2009) und Mitherausgeber (mit Mitchell Frank) von German Art History and Scientific Thought: Beyond Formalism (Ashgate Press, 2012). Er war Chefredakteur der Bibliography of the History of Art am Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles und verfasst regelmäßig Beiträge für Frieze und C Magazine. Er arbeitet derzeit an einem Buch über die Ästhetik der Assamblage im Bereich der neueren Skulptur.

Der Vortrag wird in Englisch gehalten.