Nr. 10 | Lecture Performance | September 6, 2014, 5 pm

Personally, I´m Most Interested in the Shapes and Colours | try-out #4

Lecture Performance by Ludovik Vermeersch

Abstract art today has lost its claims to utopian, ideological or spiritual content. It has stopped identifying itself through the old antagonism with the figurative. Yet, formal abstract art remains noticeably alive and omnipresent. Does this mean it has become a harmless and generally accepted kind of ornament? Or are today´s strategies of abstraction still capable of eliciting strong responses? 

With these questions in mind, in 2012, the writer and visual artist Ludovik Vermeersch started an artistic research project. He invited six abstract painters to participate in a series of exhibitions and studio visits which tackled these issues. How can abstract painting today manage to "perform" abstraction rather than merely refer to it as to a historical fait accompli?

This lecture performance proposes a way of revalidating abstraction as a strategy in art production today, and shows how it becomes possible to enhance the "performativity" of abstract paintings. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 5 pm
Duration: approx. 90 minutes
Language: English and German with English subtitles
Venue: Ossastrasse 38, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln