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15 Feb 2011

guest_*talk by Piroschka Dossi at F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich

Réservoirs - the guest_*talks series 2010/11

Réservoirs - the guest_*talks series 2011
F+F School of Art and Media Design


The F+F guest_*talks series 2011, 7 talks on 7 Wednesdays at 7 pm

Anja Moers, F+F Art Department
+41 44 444 18 88

F+F School of Art and Media Design
Flurstrasse 89
8047 Zurich

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 7 pm
Piroschka Dossi, publicist and curator, Munich: Aura as Capital

What is aura? How is aura created? How does it operate in artworks and devotional objects? The Piroschka Dossis lecture throws light on the parallels between the positioning of artworks in the present-day art system and the church's canonization of relics in the Middle Ages, the accumulation of relics/artworks as capital reserves and the mechanisms of their price formation.

Piroschka Dossi, publicist and curator in Munich, studies the interactions between art and economics. She is the author of the book, 'Hype - Kunst und Geld' [hype - art and money]. Her film series 'Contre-Attaque / Gegenangriff / Counterattack - The Economy in the Crosshairs of Art' for the German-French cultural television station ARTE will be on air in April 2011.
Réservoirs – the guest_*talks series 2011

The guest_*talks series Réservoirs at the F+F School of Art and Media Design in Zurich offers short cuts to money, value and art and presents models for discussion that go beyond the production of classical values. 

Without belief and trust neither financial management nor art would exist. Credit comes from credo and means 'I believe'. A financial system subject to a crisis of confidence is doomed to collapse. The classical artist—who since the Renaissance has, next to God, assumed the role of creator—does not live from his profession but, as always, from his higher calling. The Medici, a dynasty of bankers and patrons of the arts, had already set the example of a link between money, value and art and, by financing art, used the reverence for Christ as a lever for breaking the power of the Vatican. Political and symbolic power is as ever reinforced by capital reserves, which must first of all be generated. The European colonial empires since the 15th century as well as the world powers after World War II had assured an access, above all, to cheap labor and raw material. Taking such reservoirs into account is what, even today, enables the accumulation of added value. 
Upcoming guest_*talks 
Wednesday, 02 March - Mascha Madörin, Münchenstein, economist: making the invisible visible.
Wednesday, 23 March - Olivia Plender, artist, Berlin: There is no alternative? - Questioning the production of value systems through artistic practise. 
Wednesday, 13 April - Hannes Hug, Zurich, media representative, author and co-owner of an agency for personalities in public life: Change.
Wednesday, 04 May - Anna Bürkli, Solothurn, art historian & curator; Emanuel Tschumi, Zurich, graphic designer; Pius Tschumi, Zurich, scenographer: Cooking as a Praxis of Contemporary Art.
Wednesday, 12 January - Peter Friedl, artist, Berlin: the impossible museum.
Wednesday, 15 December - RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co), artists group Zurich: Reservoir News.
F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich, Flurstrasse 89, CH-8047 Zurich (
The events are open to the public and entrance is gratis. Apart from the lecture on 23 March 2011 with Olivia Plender all talks are being held in German.

The bar opens at 6.30 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm. 
Events last 1½ hours.