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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
conversation between Althea Thauberger, Fergal Gaynor and Victoria Scott
  BAK, basis voor actuele kunst organizes on Tuesday 6 February 2007 at 20.00 hrs a conversation between Althea Thauberger, art critic Fergal Gaynor, and art historian Victoria Scott, on the occasion of the solo exhibition by Thabuberger Alone Again (In the Likeness of Life).

The invited speakers delve into particular issues raised by Althea Thauberger's works through their lectures as well as in conversation with Thauberger. Art critic Fergal Gayner reflects on how selfness is represented in the performance of Thauberger's works, in comparison to the constructed and deconstructed self. Gayner explores the latter case through the potential of "unkillability," elaborated through a reading of Beckett's and Agamben's writings. Art historian Victoria Scott speculates on the meaning of theatricality, especially of "playing dead," against the almost spectacular natural landscapes depicted in Thauberger's works. These aspects are considered in the context of "photo-conceptualist" art practice in Vancouver.

Althea Thauberger (born 1970 in Saskatoon, Canada, lives and works in Berlin and Vancouver) presented her work recently in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2006; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, 2006; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, 2006; The Peninsula, Singapore History Museum, Singapore, 2006; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, 2005; and Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, 2005.

Fergal Gaynor is an art critic and poet, based in Cork, Ireland, and is one of the founding members of art/not art.

Victoria Scott is an art historian, based in Vancouver and New York. She is currently completing her dissertation entitled "Silk-screens versus Television Screens: Maoism and the Posters of May 1968."

Language: English. Reservation advisable. (t:+31(0)30-2316125,

Opening hours of the solo exhibition by Althea Thauberger Alone Again (In the Likeness of Life): 14 January until 25 February 2007, Wednesday-Saturday 12.00-17.00 hrs and Sunday 13.00-17.00 hrs.

entrance: € 2,50
students, scholars, 65+, children <12 jr. : € 1,75
BOOKS@BAK members: free

For the most recent information contact Ralph Kits, t: +31 (0)30-2316125 or e: or see
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