Assembly (Imagining the Image)

4 May

On Wednesday, May 8, the seminar Imagining the Image will be followed by an “assembly” convened by Agency. Agency is the generic name of a Brussels-based agency that was established in 1992 by Kobe Matthys.

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For Assembly (Imagining the Image), Agency calls forth Thing 001620 (Das Schweigen von Marcel Duchamp wird überbewertet, 1964), speculating on the question: how can temporaries become included within art practices?

Thing 001620 (Das Schweigen von Marcel Duchamp wird überbewertet, 1964) concerns a conflict between Eva Beuys and Museum Schloss Moyland concerning Manfred Tischer’s photographs of Joseph Beuys’ performance Das Schweigen von Marcel Duchamp wird überbewertet. During the following court case on 29 September 2010 at Düsseldorf Regional Court, the judge had to decide if the live action by Joseph Beuys constituted a work of art protected by author law and if the documenting photographs were copies of the performance.

On May 8th, Thing 001620 (Das Schweigen von Marcel Duchamp wird überbewertet, 1964) will convene an assembly in the framework of seminar Imagining the Image in order to bear witness.

The modern concept of intellectual property relies fundamentally upon the assumption of a division between the categories of “nature” and “culture”. If one however pays attention to multiple agencies, for many art practices such a division is difficult to make. Agency constitutes a growing list of things that resist this split. These things are mainly derived from juridical processes, lawsuits, cases, controversies, affairs and so forth, around intellectual property.

Agency invokes things from its list via varying assemblies inside exhibitions, performances, publications, etc… Every assembly poses a different speculative question. The series of questions explore in a topological way the operative consequences of the apparatus of intellectual property for an ecology of art practices.

http://www.bamart.be/persons/detail/en/252/

Image: Agency, Assembly (Animism), 2010, at MUHKA, Antwerp.

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