Organised in cooperation with other educational institutions, Kunsthalle Zurich hosts keynote lectures by leading theorists of art who will discuss their seminal work in rela- tion to the current exhibition and in a subsequent seminar with students. The theme of “flatness” in the context of Haim Steinbach’s exhibition will be explored by influential art historian David Joselit from the perspective of his latest book “After Art” (2012), in which he examines the state of objects and/as images in digital times:
Conceptual art developed an array of techniques for multiplying images: seriality, permutation, indexing, and research. Indeed, rather than dematerializing the work of art Conceptual procedures caused art objects to divide and multiply. In general, these practices were rule-based and deployed neutral, often interchangeable units.
More recent multitudes of images—those belonging to the “post- Conceptual” moment—are better described as content aggregators: combinations of dissimilar, or singular images and objects, which are arrayed, rather than composed, within a common space. Here, what matters is a charged intimacy of things whose significance arises out of different degrees of proximity. In the work of Haim Steinbach, Conceptual art’s neutral procedures give way to zones of affect; rather than opposing objects to subjects as Conceptual Art was fond of doing, here subjectivity is distributed across objects—as an effect of their combination in multitudes.
Haim Steinbach will be present for the conversation.