Undoing Storytelling

Fri, 15/12/2023, 7:00 PM

Is it possible to truthfully report on an event or describe the truth of an event? We will discuss the differences between and overlapping of narrative speech, written description, epic theater, and film script.

Vít Havránek
(Art historian and curator, Prague) in conversation with video and film artists Clemens von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer (Berlin), and the conceptual sculptor Christoph Weber (Vienna).

Clemens von Wedemeyer, born in 1974 in Göttingen, Germany, currently lives and works in Berlin and holds a professorship for media art at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. The artist and filmmaker studied photography and media at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld and the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and graduated as Meisterschüler of Astrid Klein in 2005. Clemens von Wedemeyer participated in group shows such as the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), the 4th Berlin Biennale (2006), Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007, the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008) and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012). He had solo shows among others at MoMA PS1, New York, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, the Barbican Art Centre, London, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Hamburger Kunsthalle. “ESIOD 2015” premiered at the 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) in 2016.
Most recently Wedemeyer´s work has been displayed in solo exhibitions such as Im Kontext der Sammlung: Clemens von Wendemeyer (Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Vaduz 2023) and BAKHMUT (Albertinum Dresden 2023).  

Maya Schweizer, born in Paris in 1976, studied art and art history in Aix-en-Provence, at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig and at the Berlin University of the Arts. She finished as master student under Lothar Baumgarten in 2007. Schweizer works with various media (including photography and textiles) whereby her focus is on experimental video works. Her cinematic works revolve around questions of history, identity and memory. Urban spaces as interfaces of individual and collective procedures are often the starting point for her observations. In her perception of these places and spaces, she uncovers social realities, inscribed narratives and overlapping stories.
She has had numerous solo exhibitions, such as, Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster (2010), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden(2015), Kunstverein Leipzig (2018), Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2020), Jewish Museum, Berlin (2023). She has also exhibited in many group exhibitions, among others, Berlin Biennale 4, KW, Berlin (2006), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2007), Liechtenstein Kunstmuseum, Vaduz, (2007), Historisches Museum Frankfurt (2019), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2020), Marseille Manifesta 13, (2020), Heidelberger Kunstverein (2021), Forum Expanded, of the 72nd Berlinale, Berlin (2022). She also received these art awards, Toni and Albrecht Kumm Prize for the Promotion of Fine Arts by the Friends of the UdK Berlin / Karl Hofer Society in 2009, the HAP-Grieshaber Prize of VG Bild-Kunst and the DAGESH Art Prize in 2022.

Christoph Weber (born 1974 in Vienna, Austria, where he lives and works)studied  at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig 1999–2002, where he was a student in Astrid Klein’s master class 2002–2005. Parallel to this, he also studied conceptual art with Renée Green at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 2000–2001. In 2002, he was a guest student in Georg Herold’s class at the Academy of Art Düsseldorf.Weber has received several grants and was an artist in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, in 2010 and 2003, and an artist in residence at the Cité des Arts in Paris in 2008.Selected exhibitions: Collectors Agenda, Vienna (solo, with Brigitte Kowanz) (2021); Ibid Projects, Los Angeles (solo) (2018); Projecte SD, Barcelona (solo) (2017); Kunstverein Leipzig (solo, with Judith Fegerl) (2016); Kunstraum Düsseldorf (solo, with Birgit Werres) (2016); Marta Herford (2016); Belvedere–21er Haus, Vienna (2015); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2014); Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City (2014); Biennale de Belleville 2, Paris (2012); The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2011); Vleeshal, Middelburg (2010); BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna (solo) (2008); Neue Galerie, Studio, Graz (solo) (2007).
An event in cooperation with Kontakt Collection, Vienna, on the occasion of the exhibition Ján Mančuška. Incomplete Movement.