OCA has the pleasure of hosting a conversation between artist Thomas Bayrle and curator and writer Roger M. Buergel on 23 May at 18:00. The conversation explores the poetry of teaching and learning in art. While the neoliberal tenets of many arts education institutions currently place increased value on knowledge production, Bayrle and Buergel will explore alternative possibilities by emphasising the imponderable ways in which meaning happens in art but is equally bound to disappear.
Refreshments will be served following the discussion.
About the Speakers
Thomas Bayrle is an artist who was trained as a weaver and currently works with drawings, collages, film and computer graphics. Bayrle focuses on ideas around the masses in his drawings, photocopy collages and film animation sequences dating from the 1960s, and further into ideas around generating superstructures through geometric patterns of images with a variety of techniques and materials. In doing so, his work reveals contradictions within the forms of organization upon which society rests. Bayrle taught at the Academy of Fine Arts, Stadelschule in Frankfurt from 1975 to 2002. He has received several awards and prizes including the Prix Arts Electronica, Linz (1995) and the Cologne Art Prize (2000). Bayrle's work has been shown in over thirty solo exhibitions internationally including in Documenta III and VI.
Roger M. Buergel
Roger M. Buergel, curator and writer, Artistic Director of documenta 12. Buergel has curated numerous exhibitions including 'Things we don't understand', with Ruth Noack, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2000); 'Governmentality. Art in conflict with the international hyper-bourgeoisie and the national petty bourgeoisie', Alte Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2000) and 'The Subject and Power – the lyrical voice', CHA Moscow (2001). Most recently, he curated 'The Government' (2003-05) with Ruth Noack, which was presented at Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Miami Art Central, Secession, Vienna and Witte de With, Rotterdam. He has also written several books including Peter Friedl, Leipzig and Amsterdam (1999) and Abstrakter Expressionismus. Konstruktionen ästhetischer Erfahrung, Leipzig and Amsterdam (2000) and contributes regularly to Texte zur Kunst and springerin – hefte für gegenwartskunst.
This event is made possible with the kind support of The
Kistefos Museum and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany