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Frieze Art Fair's Seminar Program

Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. It features over 170 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. The fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.

Frieze Talks 2010, a daily programme of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions, is presented by Frieze Foundation in collaboration with frieze magazine.

Below are details of the talks to be held: 

Who Owns Images?
12pm, Thursday 14 October

In today’s digital world, even the most basic laptop or phone comes with tools allowing us to process pictures, video or sound. How do changes in technology affect the ownership of images?

  • Geeta Dayal (Arts, music and technology Writer, USA)
  • Thomas Demand (Artist, Germany)
  • Kazys Varnelis (Director of the Network Architecture Lab, Columbia University, New York, USA)
  • Chair: Sam Thorne (Associate Editor, frieze)

What’s So Funny?
2.30pm, Thursday 14 October

Artists who use humour respond to the questions: ‘Are art and comedy a great double act or the odd couple? What are the uses of humour in artistic practice?

  • Nathaniel Mellors (Artist, UK and the Netherlands)
  • Aleksandra Mir (Artist, in transit)
  • Roee Rosen (Artist and Writer, Israel)
  • Olav Westphalen (Artist, Sweden)

Wolfgang Tillmans
5pm, Thursday 14 October

For 20 years Tillmans’ photography has been a sustained meditation on observation and perception, politics and abstraction. Winner of the Turner Prize in 2000, recent exhibitions include the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin in 2008 and London’s Serpentine Gallery this year. In 2009 his work was included in ‘Making Worlds’ at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

  • Wolfgang Tillmans (Artist, UK)

Frieze Projects: Jeffrey Vallance
12pm, Friday 15 October

For his commission for Frieze Projects, artist Vallance will present a panel discussion featuring five mediums each channeling the spirits of famous artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Leonardo da Vinci.The artists will be asked questions on the role of art in the afterworld, and their opinions on the art market in the living world. The panel will open to audience questions at the end of the discussion.

  • Jeffrey Vallance (Artist, USA)

Julie Ault in conversation with Bart van der Heide
2.30pm, Friday 15 October

Van der Heide will discuss the aesthetic and political legacy of the legendary New York-based art collaborative Group Material, with co-founder Julie Ault.

  • Julie Ault (Artist and Writer, USA)
  • Bart van der Heide (Director and Curator, Kunstverein München, Germany)

Amar Kanwar
5pm, Friday 15 October

Kanwar’s films and installations are multi-layered contemporary experiences connecting intimate personal histories with the wider politics of power, violence, sexuality and justice. Characterised by a distinctly lyrical approach to the social and political, Kanwar’s work has been presented in film festivals and museums. He has participated in documenta 11 and documenta 12, Kassel, Germany and is also the recipient of the first Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art, Norway.

  • Amar Kanwar (Artist, India)

Reference vs Reverence
12pm, Saturday 16 October

Many of the late-born children of modernism are creating an art caught in a web of historic references. Could reverence, summoning the ghosts and uncharted potentials of unavowed histories, be a critical counter-model?

  • Paulina Olowska (Artist, Poland)
  • Silke Otto-Knapp (Artist, UK)
  • Mathias Poledna (Artist, USA)
  • Chair: Jan Verwoert (Art Historian and Critic, Germany; Contributing Editor frieze

Susan Hiller in conversation with John Welchman 2.30pm, Saturday 16 October

In anticipation of Hiller’s upcoming retrospective at Tate Britain, the American, London-based artist discusses with a California-based, British art historian, the transatlantic conundrums of conceptualism, and the role of humour and the unconscious in the creative act.

  • Susan Hiller (Artist, UK)
  • John Welchman (Professor of Modern Art History, University of California, USA)

Bridget Riley in conversation with Michael Bracewell
5pm, Saturday 16 October

Novelist, essayist and cultural commentator Bracewell will talk to artist Riley about the evolution of her ground-breaking work from the 1960s to the present.

  • Bridget Riley (Artist, UK)
  • Michael Bracewell (Writer, Novelist and Curator, UK)

Exhibition making as Activism – Whose Politics?
12pm, Sunday 17 October

A myriad of approaches are taken by artists, writers and curators whose work responds to complex social issues and political situations. To what extent do the political and personal intersect? Can art be effective activism and vice versa?

  • Jeremy Deller (Artist, UK)
  • Galit Eilat (Writer, Curator and Founding Director of The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel)
  • Emily Roysdon (Artist and Writer, USA)
  • Chair: Negar Azimi (Senior Editor, Bidoun magazine)

Ramin Bahrani in conversation with Bert Rebhandl
4pm, Sunday 17 October
Hailed ‘director of the decade’ (Roger Ebert ), Bahrani has eloquently told the story of US immigrants in films such as Chop Shop (2007) and Goodbye Solo (2008). Born to Iranian parents, he is at the forefront of ‘Neo-Neo Realism’. In conversation with Rebhandl, Bahrani will discuss the ‘neo’ in realism, and how its limits can be pushed.

  • Ramin Bahrani (Filmmaker, USA)
  • Bert Rebhandl (Film and Visual Arts Critic, Germany)

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