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Date | 14.12.2012
Venue | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, M13

A project by Rike Frank (Berlin/Leipzig), Grant Watson (London),
Sabeth Buchmann (Vienna), and Leire Vergara (Bilbao). In collaboration with Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao; Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna; INIVA, London; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst and mzin, Leipzig; Allianz Kulturstiftung, and Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen.

The conference will focus on the interrelation between (social) history and the history of style. Looking at the related idea of "haptic space", formulated by the Viennese art historian Alois Riegl, who also worked
as curator of textiles at the Museum of Applied Arts, the critical involvement of (post-)formalist art practice and discourse in the debate about the dominance of the optical will thus be contrasted with specific phenomena within formalist modern art and art history. The presentations will discuss the traditional and current status of textiles as intermedia regarding the materiality of transsubjective forms of aesthetic production, cultural knowledge and social relations.

Participants:  Elke Gaugele, Josephine Pryde, Florian Pumhösl, Sascha Reichstein, Willem de Rooij, Yorgos Sapountzis, T’ai Smith, and Leire Vergara

Introduction and moderation: Sabeth Buchmann, Rike Frank, Grant Watson


10.00 - 10.15 pm

10.15 - 11.00 pm
Elke Gaugele (cultural scientist, Vienna)
Style & Textile. Alois Riegls dispute against the overestimation of Textile Art

11.00 - 11.45pm
Sascha Reichstein (artist, Vienna)
Guiding Patterns

11.45 - 12.00pm
Coffee Break

12.00 - 12.45 pm
Willem de Rooij (artist, Berlin)

12.45 - 1.30 pm
Florian Pumhösl (artist, Vienna)
Textiles and Abstract Pictures

1.30 - 3 pm
Lunch Break

3 - 3.45 pm
T'ai Smith (art historian, Vancouver)
Tactile Lessons

3.45 - 4.30 pm
Josephine Pryde (artist, Berlin)
Tough Because Responsive

4.30 - 5 pm
Coffee Break

5 - 5.45 pm
Leire Vergara (curator, Bilbao)
Nothing to do in Sight: There is no Sense of Touch

5.45 - 6.30 pm
Yorgos Sapountzis (artist, Berlin)
Un/identifiable Skin

6.30 -7.30 pm
Panel discussion, closing remarks