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07 May 2013

guest_*talk by Beate Engl at F+F Zurich

Art and Church - the guest_*talks series 2013
F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich


The F+F guest_*talks series 2013

Daniel Hauser, Head F+F Art Studies
+41 44 444 18 88

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

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013, 7 pm
Beate Engl: Instruments for specific rooms

Rooms and spaces are never neutral, but manifest formal, social and political systems. With church interiors, it becomes obvious that it is the content that takes over and functions. Taking two very different projects of (partly deconsecrated) church rooms, Beate Engl has studied the possibilities and the restrictions for artistic treatments of secular space: A light organ as a functioning sculptural object for St. Matthew's (Munich, 2011) that projects colored light onto the ceiling and a fanfare sculpture that blares out religious propaganda from an American presidential speech (Historical Museum Regensburg, 2009).
In her artistic praxis, Beate Engl (*1973) focuses on site-specific installations in public and institutional space. Recently her works could be seen at Grazer Kunstverein (2012), at the Rindermarkt in Munich (together with Nevin Aladag, 2012) and at St. Matthew's Church in Munich (2012). She was awarded the Bavarian Art Promotion Prize in 2012.
Art & Church – The Guest_*Talks Series 2013
Part 2 of the lecture series of 'guest_*talks' continues the series held in autumn 2012/13 and carries on the theme of art and the church. In various lectures a subject is sounded out that, in the end, is as important as it is compelling. How does the historically evolved and significant relationship stand today between art and church, a relationship that is no longer a matter of course and has become in part problematic? On what current basis does an association exist between the church as an institution and a concrete site and art? And why—in view of the existing
breaches in this relationship—are artists still ongoing in their interest in liturgical ceremonies, rituals and representational techniques? We are interested in the question of the meaning, the possibility and the function of contemporary art inside the church as well as within the liturgy. In addition, there is the phenomenon of so-called 'free churches' that, as partly worldwide denominations, have over the past years acted in an interventionist way in social and political spheres, i.e., places where, since the 1970s at the latest, art has also been active; these sometimes parareligious groups have launched representational forms that operate in a popcultural, aesthetic, as well as economist way. And vice versa, also of interest in this series is the church as a secularized site for parties and events and the ensuing dialectic relationship of stipulation and use, while in the meantime consecrated churches have recently become headline news when they operated as a platform for artistic actions.
Full informations:
Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche Zürich 4,
Stauffacherstrasse 54, 8004 Zürich.
The events are open to the public and entrance is gratis.

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