This weekend, join Daniel Birnbaum, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Koo Jeong A in conversation at Frieze London for the launch of Birnbaum and Wallenstein’s new Sternberg Press book SPACING PHILOSOPHY: LYOTARD AND THE IDEA OF THE EXHIBITION.
Birnbaum and Koo will also be in Berlin a week later.
“In 1985, the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard curated Les Immatériaux at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Though widely misunderstood at the time, the exhibition marked a ‘curatorial turn’ in critical theory. Through its experimental layout and hybrid presentation of objects, technologies, and ideas, this pioneering exploration of virtuality reflected on the exhibition as a medium of communication, and anticipated a deeper engagement with immersive and digital space in both art and theory. SPACING PHILOSOPHY analyzes the significance and logic of Lyotard’s exhibition while contextualizing it in the history of exhibition practices, the philosophical tradition, and Lyotard’s own work on aesthetics and phenomenology. Les Immatériaux can thus be seen as a culmination and materialization of a life’s work as well as a primer for the many thought-exhibitions produced in the following decades.”*
Friday, October 4, at 4 pm.
König Galerie Booth (B2), Frieze London
Regent’s Park, London.
Sunday, October 13, at 3 pm.
Julia Stoschek Collection
Leipziger Strasse 60, Berlin.
See “Ontologies of the Virtual,” an interview with Birnbaum and Wallenstein.
From top: Jean-François Lyotard; 1985 exhibition poster, designed by Grafibus, image courtesy and © Grafibus and Centre Pompidou; book cover image courtesy and © Sternberg Press.