by Tirdad Zolghadr, artistic director SPK
→ July 30:
PROGR Zentrum für Kulturproduktion, room 369, Speichergasse 4, Bern
2 pm: Lecture by Tirdad Zolghadr
A Cheerful Nature is an Utterly Ruthless Thing.How Contemporary Art might come to grips with gentrification after allFor well over a year, the REALTY program has been exploring answers to Contemporary Art’s complicity with gentrification. And by now, it has even spawned some ideas of its own. By and large, if we really expect art to stop servicing real estate, we need to fundamentally reinvent Contemporary Art – or surpass it altogether. As it stands, broke artists cannot be expected to resist cheap studio space wherever they find it. Art schools will not teach resistance if they think ambiguity is a best-case scenario. And the Right to the City cannot be taken seriously when unending mobility remains so crucial to our careers. This lecture will trace some fundamental misunderstandings concerning the role of art within the financialization of space. But it will also argue why there may be cause for stubborn optimism after all.
Tirdad Zolghadr is a curator and writer. His most recent book is Traction, Sternberg Press 2016. Zolghadr is artistic director of the Sommerakademie Paul Klee in Bern and associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Curatorial work includes biennial settings as well as numerous long-term research-driven projects. He teaches at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem.