In a series of discussions, exhibitions, seminars and presentations, TEXTILES: OPEN LETTER looks at textiles in contemporary art and at their history, materiality and language. Taking its name from the 1958 tapestry by German Bauhaus artist, teacher and writer Anni Albers, it explores this rich but under-examined field of artistic production and how in recent years it has been taken up once again by practitioners.
As one of the oldest cultural techniques, textiles played an essential role in the history of industrialization and modernization. They have been a key component in the organization of culture and society, a central factor in the history of style and the formation of aesthetic language and taste, as well as an indicator of changing ideology and social mores. In the history of fine art, textiles have always played an important, but still undervalued role. Conceptual rather than medium-specific, TEXTILES: OPEN LETTER examines this history in relation to contemporary artistic practice and discourse.
TEXTILES: OPEN LETTER is a project by Rike Frank (Berlin), Grant Watson (London), Sabeth Buchmann (Vienna), and Leire Vergara (Bilbao).
In collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Kunststiftung NRW and Mondriaan Fonds.
|11:00 – 11:30||Welcome and Introduction by Rike Frank and Leire Vergara|
|11:30 – 12:15||Patricia Molins, “That which has no name. Textiles as text”|
|12:30 – 13:15||Sabeth Buchmann, “Lightly Clad Histories”|
|13:15 – 14:00||Workshop roundup|
|14:00 – 15:30||Lunch Break at Bulegoa z/b|
|15:30 – 16:30||Conversation between Teresa Lanceta and Laurence Rassel|
|16:30 – 17:15||T’ai Smith, “Why Textiles Matter (as Art or whatever) as Never Before”|
|17:30 – 18:00||Workshop roundup|
|10:00 – 10.30||Welcome and Introduction, Leire Vergara|
|10.30 – 11.15||Grant Watson (Curator, London), Art and the Social Fabric as exhibition and research project|
|11.15 – 12.00||Leonor Antunes (Artist, Lisbon), The idea of thread|
|12.00 – 12.15||Coffee Break|
|12.15 – 13.00||Rike Frank (Curator, Berlin), Materials at an exhibition|
|13.00 – 13.50||Wendelien van Oldenborg (Artist, Rotterdam), La Javanaise|
|14.00 – 14.30||Workshop roundup.|
|10.00 – 10.15||Introduction|
|10.15 – 11.00||Elke Gaugele (Cultural Scientist, Vienna), Style&Textile. Alois Riegls dispute against the overestimation of Textile Art.|
|11.00 – 11.45||Sascha Reichstein (Artist, Vienna), Guiding Patterns|
|11.45 – 12.00||Coffee Break|
|12.00 – 12.45||Willem de Rooij (Artist, Berlin), About|
|12.45 – 13.00||Florian Pumhösl (Artist, Vienna), Textiles and Abstract Pictures|
|13.30 – 15.00||Lunch Break|
|15.00 – 15.45||T’ai Smith (Art Historian, Vancouver), Tactile Lessons|
|15.45 – 16.30||Josephine Pryde (Artist, Berlin), Tough Because Responsive|
|16.30 – 17.00||Coffee Break|
|17.00 – 17.45||Leire Vergara (Curator, Bilbao), Nothing to do in Sight: There is no sense of touch|
|17.45 – 18.30||Yorgos Sapountzis (Artist, Berlin), Un/identifiable Skin|
|18.30 – 19.30||Panel discussion, closing remarks|