Stroom School Agnieszka Kurant: an evening around her work

Thursday 6 February 2014, 16.30 hrs*
Location: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9. The Hague
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Entrance fee: € 7,50
/ students € 5,- (incl. soup, bread and booklet)
Language: English

* Doors open at 16.30 hrs, when soup + bread is served. The first lecture starts at 17.30 hrs sharp!

An evening around the work of Agnieszka Kurant in concurrence with her exhibition exformation. With contributions by: Agnieszka Kurant, Diedrich Diederichsen, Pieter Fleury and James Richards.

Diedrich Diederichsen will talk with Agnieszka Kurant about the text he wrote especially for exformation. Diedrich Diederichsen (1957) is a German author, music journalist and cultural critic. He is one of Germany's most renowned intellectual writers at the crossroads of the arts, politics, and pop culture. Diederichsen worked in Hamburg as a music journalist and editor of the German Sounds magazine in the heyday of Punk and New Wave from 1979 to 1983. Until the 1990s he was then the editor-in-chief of the influential subculture magazine Spex in Cologne. Diederichsen is a prolific writer whose articles and texts are printed in a variety of periodicals and publications. Newspapers and magazines with contributions by Diederichsen include Texte zur Kunst, Die Zeit, Der Tagesspiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Artforum, and Frieze. With his thinking and his attitude Diederichsen reflects a multitude of influences. His writing shows traces of Post-structuralism, Marxism, Cultural studies, New Journalism, Beat literature, Psychoanalysis, and Situationism. A main topic of his writing is the tension between subjectivity, identity politics, and culture industry in Post-Fordist society.

Pieter Fleury (1955) built a name for himself over the last 30 years as a director and producer of documentary films, television films, corporate films and commercials. In 2012 he became head of documentaries at Netherlands Film Fund. He directed amongst others the documentary Ramses, oú est mon prince about Ramses Shaffy which won the Gouden Kalf for Best Documentary in 2002. Pieter Fleury founded the film production company Golden Monkey Enterprises. As producer and director he produced, for example, Shanghai The Peoples City (1985), Mene Tekel (1997), Noord Korea, een dag uit het leven (2004) and Klokken van de Keizer (2010). As co-director of Acht en de Vlieg filmproductions he created Het Schitterende scherm, 50 jaar NOS-Journaal (2006). His most recent film Het Oordeel (2011) deals with decision-making of judges.

The artist James Richards (lives and works in London) makes videos, curates film and video projects and often works with archival film material and found film footage that he dissects and reassembles. He will give a presentation that consists of screening both his own work, fragments of collaborative works and historical work from the Lux collection of artists film and video. He will, in the course of his presentation, lightly touch upon some of the topics present in Kurant's work. Recent solo shows have been held at Rodeo, Istanbul; Spike Island, Bristol (both 2013); CCA Kitakyushu (2012); Chisenhale Gallery, London and RODEO, Istanbul (both 2011). Recent group exhibitions include The Encyclopedic Palace, Venice Biennale, 2013; the Lyon Biennale, 2013; Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (2013); and The Imaginary Museum, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich (2012). He has curated screenings for numerous venues including Light Industry, New York and the ICA, London.  Richards was awarded the 2012 Jarman Award for film and video and is currently in Berlin with the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm.

Stroom School is the umbrella term for the side program accompanying exhibitions. Themes are highlighted and more profoundly explored.

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      Thursday 06 Feb '14 Soup and bread at 16.30 hrs; first lecture 17.30 hrs sharp
      Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
      Entrance: € 7,50 (students € 5,-) - incl. soup, bread and booklet