International Studio Programme : August - September 2006

Lars Bang Larsen


Lars Bang Larsen is a free-lance critic and curator, based in Frankfurt and Copenhagen. He writes regularly for Frieze and Artforum, and has co-curated the Momentum biennial in 1998 and the group shows Pyramids of Mars (2000),Fundamentalisms of the New Order (2002), The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds (2005) and Populism (2005). He has written about the art and culture of the 1960s, for example in 'Sture Johannesson' (2002), about Johannesson's psychedelic posters and digital graphics. At the moment Lars teaches at Konsthögskolan in Stockholm and at the academies in Copenhagen and Århus, and is doing research for a book about the history of psychedelic art in a global context.

Claire Bishop

Art historian and Critic

Claire Bishop is an art historian and critic based in London. She is currently Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Curating Contemporary Art department at the Royal College of Art. In October she will take up a new job in the History of Art Department at Warwick University. She has also taught at Essex University (where she completed her PhD) and Tate Modern. She is the author of Installation Art: A Critical History (Tate, 2005), Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics (October no.110, 2004) and contributes regularly to Artforum, Flash Art, Untitled, and Tate Etc.

Her latest publication is Participation, an edited anthology of key texts on participation in art from the late 1950s to the present day, and will be published in September by Whitechapel Art Gallery & MIT Press. She recently presented the paperLive Installations and Constructed Situations: The Use of "Real People" in Art, at OCA's Verksted seminar on the Art of Welfare, which is published, along with the other participants' contributions, as a book September 2006.

Her current research interests concern post-medium-specific art, the history of exhibition display, and the politics of spectatorship in socially-engaged and relational art.

Chus Martínez


Chus Martínez. Photo: Nici Jost

Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. Currently she is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. Previously she was the Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York, and dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008–11), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08), and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05). For the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus, in 2008 she served as a Curatorial Advisor for the Carnegie International and in 2010 for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo. During her tenure as Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein she curated solo exhibitions of Wilhelm Sasnal, among others, and a series of group exhibitions including ‘Pensée Sauvage' and ‘The Great Game To Come’. She was also the founder of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program for international artists, art writers and curators. While at MACBA, Martínez curated the Thomas Bayrle retrospective, an Otolith Group monographic show, and an exhibition devoted to television, ‘Are you ready for TV?’. In 2008, Martínez was the curator of the Deimantas Narkevicius retrospective exhibition, ‘The Unanimous Life’, at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, which travelled to major European museums. Martínez lectures and writes regularly, including numerous catalogue texts and critical essays, and is a regular contributor to Artforum among other international art journals.

Seth Siegelaub

Exhibition organizer, author, researcher

From the January 5-31, 1969 exhibition, organized by Seth Siegelaub: The four participating artists Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner, copyright Seth Siegelaub 1969

Seth Siegelaub was born in the Bronx, New York in 1941 and grew up in New York City. He has been active as a plumber; art dealer, publisher and independent exhibition organizer, including 35 art-related projects and the "Artist's Rights Agreement" from 1964 - 1971; a researcher and publisher of left books on communication and culture; a bibliographer of the history of textiles; and currently a researcher studying the theory of time and causality. He has lived in Europe since the early 1970s, currently in Amsterdam.

Marja Bloem


Marja Bloom is an independent curator, frequently writing on contemporary art. From 1971 to 2005 she worked at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as Curator for Exhibitions where she was responsible for organizing innumerable important group and solo exhibitions including by Agnes Martin, Kazimir Malevich, Lawrence Weiner, JCJ Vanderheyden, Berend Strik, Rini Hurkmans, Richard Tuttle, Marina Abramovic, Gerhard Richter, Imi Knoebel, Georg Herold, Lucio Fontana and Colin McCahon. During that period she was also head of the music program at the museum where she organized weekly concerts by avant-garde musicians, music workshops and exhibitions of musical installations. During the past few years she has organized the first international retrospective exhibition of the major Australasian painter Colin McCahon in New Zealand and Australia. Bloem holds a PhD in art history from Rijksuniversiteit Leiden. She is a board member of several Dutch music foundations, and has also served on a number of art foundations, committees and juries.