The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989
Fri, September 16, 2011 – Mon, September 19, 2011, Symposium
Globalization as a phase in the geo-political transformation of the world is at once a transformation of art – of the conditions of its production, and possibilities of its diffusion and dissemination and presence. At the same time, artists, and above all the institutions of art – large-scale exhibitions, museums, the art market – are faced with questions as to the extent to which the concept "global" can and must be thought – and how this reflects back on its own methods of working. By means of documentary materials and artistic approaches, the exhibition "The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989" will examine the way in which globalization, both with its pervasive mechanisms of the market and its utopias of networking and generosity, impacts upon the various spheres of artistic production and reception.
This critical analysis of the key institutions and dispositives of the art world seeks to illustrate the manner in which globalization has both shaped and itself become a theme in artistic production that intentionally creates and reviews its own conditions and parameters. With "The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989" the ZKM | Karlsruhe, as a utopian "factory" and work place in the best sense of the meaning, itself plans to thematize these conditions , which also influence everyday life beyond the art world : to make the museum itself a site of contemporaneity – a place in which local experiences of time subvert the unity of the new "universal time". Further information can be found here.

Fri, Sep 16, 2011

7 p.m.
Opening of the exhibition in the ZKM Foyer

Welcoming Speech
Heinz Fenrich, Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe
Hortensia Völckers, Artistic Director of the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Peter Weibel, Chairman of the ZKM | Karlsruhe
Hans Belting, Head of Research Department "Global Studies"
Andrea Buddensieg, Curator of The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989

8–10 p.m.
Nezaket Ekici Work in Progress - Personal Map
Performance in the exhibition (1st floor)

8–10 p.m.
Surasi Kusolwong 50% Off (art books)
Performance in the exhibition (1st floor)

from 10 p.m.
LOCAL & TEMPORARY with P&P Pawelzyk & Pfieffer (alias Jonathan Johnson)
Party at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG)
The exhibition will be open until 10 p.m.

Sat, Sep 17, 2011
11 a.m. –1 p.m.
Meschac Gaba Musée de l’Art de la Vie Active (MAVA)
Performance in Karlsruhe city center
Meeting point at 11 a.m. in front of the main entrance to the ZKM

12 p.m.
Nezaket Ekici Work in Progress - Personal Map
Performance in the exhibition (1st floor)

2–4.30 p.m.
Artist Talks with Josh Greene with Yangzi, Ala Ebtekar, Will Kwan and Eko Nugroho
at the ZKM_Media Theater

4.45–5.30 p.m.
Artist Talk with Manthia Diawara and Lydie Diakhaté
at the ZKM_Media Theater

5.30 p.m.
Terry Smith The Contemporaneity of Difference: Contemporary Art of, from and for the World
Lecture at the ZKM_Media Theater

6.30 p.m.
Panel discussion with N’Goné Fall, Carol Lu, Patrick D. Flores, Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt
at the ZKM_Media Theater

8 p.m.
Nástio Mosquito African? I Guess
Performance at the ZKM_Media Theater

Sun, Sep 18, 2011
11 a.m.–6.30 p.m.
Artist Talks with Stephanie Syjuco, Melanie Jackson and Antonia Hirsch
at the ZKM_Media Theater

11.30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Theme-oriented guided tour Indonesia, India, Italy – Art and its Sites of Presentation and Production
Meeting point at the ZKM_Info Point

12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Mansour Ciss Kanakassy & Baruch Gottlieb & Christian Hanussek
Le Laboratoire de Déberlinisation
Performance at the Karlsruhe Main Station

2–4 p.m.
Artist Talks with Ghana ThinkTank, Chto Delat? and IRWIN and NSKSTATE.COM
at the ZKM_Media Theater

2.30 p.m.–4 p.m.
Guided Tour for Families (from 8 years)
Meeting point at the ZKM_Info Point

3 p.m.–6 p.m.
Stephanie Syjuco The Counterfeit Crochet Project
Open workshop for youth and adults
in the exhibition (1st floor)

4.30–6.30 p.m.
Artist Talks with Jompet, Kader Attia and Hito Steyerl
at the ZKM_Media Theater
Organization / Institution
Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Accompanying program