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23 Mar 2011

guest_*talk by Olivia Plender at F+F Zurich

Réservoirs - the guest_*talks series 2010/11

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


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 Zurich
Flurstrasse 89
8047 Zurich - Switzerland

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 7 pm
Olivia Plender, artist, Berlin: There is no alternative? -
Questioning the production of value systems through artistic practise.

Olivia Plender is an artist based in Berlin. Her research based practise interrogates the ideological framework around the narration of history and more recently changing attitudes to education and value in the contemporary knowledge economy. In an installation for Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, she focussed on the Kibbo Kift Kindred; a British youth movement existing between 1920-1951, who were radicalised during the economic crisis of the 1930s into a nationalist monetary reform movement. Meanwhile a touring curatorial project There is No Alternative (TINA) last shown at Konsthall C, Stockholm explores the effects of the financial system on the realm of representation in the format of a group exhibition and an upcoming publication.
Olivia Plender has exhibited internationally in exhibitions including the Taipei Biennial 2010, Taiwan; British Art Show 2010, currently touring the UK; Bucharest Biennial 2010, Romania; Aadieu, Adieu Apa (Goodbye Goodbye Father), Gasworks Gallery, London, 2009; Altermodern: Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, 2009; British Art Show 7, In the Days of the Comet, Hayward Gallery, London, 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.
Full informations:
Upcoming guest_*talks
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 Practise of Contemporary Art.
Former guest_*talks
Wednesday, 02 March - Mascha Madörin, economist, Münchenstein: making the invisible visible.
Wednesday, 16 February - Piroschka Dossi, publicist and curator, Munich: aura as capital
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 bar opens at 6.30 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm.
Events last 1½ hours.