Chus Martínez and Ingo Niermann on Love, Partnership and Conflicts of interest

What can you do when you can do nothing? Ties, bonds, embraces, and fights are methods to relate. The invited speakers think about the importance of trust, love, and care and posit them as crucial components necessary in order to form a think tank, a working group, or an exchange pool. How is this different from nepotism? It is different from nepotism because the main goal is not to corrupt power with relations, but to form relations to regain a sense of relevance.
Curator and author Chus Martínez and author and artist Ingo Niermann discuss the joys and complications of being an artistic couple, from collaboration to conflicts of interest. Taking as a point departure their shared personal ground they investigate the possibly generative ontologies of love, compassion, and partnership from within an arts context and beyond it to society at large.

Chus Martínez is a Spanish author, art historian, and curator, the director of the Art Institute at FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Martínez was chief curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York and MACBA, Barcelona, director of Frankfurter Kunstverein, co-curator of dOCUMENTA 13, the Istanbul and São Paulo biennales, the Carnegie International, and many others. She is currently also an Expedition Leader of the second cycle of TBA21–Academy fellowship The Current.

Ingo Niermann is a German writer, artist, and the editor of the speculative book series Solution from which he just co-edited Solution 275–294 Communists Anonymous. He is currently writing Solution Oceans and is about to release the sequel of Army of Love, an expanded film he made together with director Alexa Karolinski.

Class of Interpretation (COI) is curated by Boris Ondreička (TBA21) and Václav Janoščík (AVU).
Find our more about the project at www.tba21.org/coi

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