CAMPUS Talks: Anselm Franke*

Offsite at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University.

*Remote Contribution

We are concerned with the epidemic of COVID-19 and the challenges it poses for cultural gatherings. In this situation we will continue to engage our publics with the available technologies to disseminate art and ideas.

With the launch of CAMPUS Independent Study Programme, we will be hosting a series of talks by CAMPUS faculty exploring alternative modes of education, decolonial practices, Black studies and anti-fascist movements.

Free. Booking required. Fully accessible from the main entrance on Dryden Street. Entrance to the gallery for wheelchair users is to the rear of the gallery via the atrium.

Undercutting Divisions

Exhibitions are threshold spaces, where meaning is inscribed and simultaneously unsettled. Together with numerous collaborators, Anselm Franke has developed long-term research projects, where the liminality of the exhibition as a medium becomes a programmatic tool to investigate and challenge the modern role and institutional place of art. In this lecture, Franke will be speaking about a series of recent, research-based exhibitions for HKW Berlin, including “Parapolitics. Cultural Freedom and the Cold War” (2018) and “Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present ca. 1930”, focussing on the foundational crisis in the sciences and the arts in the early 20th Century, in order to undercut the disciplinary divisions that have come to set apart the domains of anthropology, psychology, media theory and art.

Anselm Franke has been Head of Visual Arts and Film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) since 2013. There, he initiated and curated the exhibitions Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017/18), 2 or 3 Tigers (2017), Nervous Systems (2016), Ape Culture (2015), Forensis (2014), The Whole Earth and After Year Zero (both 2013). He previously worked as a curator at KW Berlin and as director of the Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp. In 2005 he and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus founded the Forum Expanded for the Berlin International Film Festival of which he has been co-curator since. He was the chief curator of the Taipei Biennial in 2012 and of the Shanghai Biennale in 2014. His exhibition project Animism was shown from 2009 until 2014 in collaboration with various partners in Antwerp, Berne, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul and Beirut. Franke received his doctorate from Goldsmiths College, London.

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