Sculpture in the Age of Digital

2016 Nasher Prize Dialogues | Location: Berlin

The Nasher Prize Dialogues: Work of Sculpture in the Age of Digital Production panel discussion considered the influence of digital technology on sculptural practice.  Participating panelists included Jörg HeiserRachel de Joode, Kasper König, Jed Morse, and Bettina Pousttchi.  Presented in partnership with Berlin Akademie der Künste and Berlin Art Week.

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Moderator / Dr. Jörg Heiser, co-editor frieze 
Jörg Heiser is Co-Editor of frieze, and a regular contributor for Süddeutsche Zeitung. From October 2016, he will be a professor, and director of the Institute for Art in Context, at the University of Arts in Berlin. His book Double Lives in Art and Pop Music?is forthcoming, in early 2017, with Sternberg Press, who also published his All of a Sudden. Things That Matter In Contemporary Art (2008), and Sculpture Unlimited I and II (2011 and 2015, co-edited with Eva Grubinger). Heiser has curated numerous exhibitions, including Romantic Conceptualism (Kunsthalle Nürnberg and Bawag Foundation Vienna, 2007, catalogue). He lives in Berlin. 


Rachel de Joode, artist 
Rachel de Joode (b. The Netherlands) studied time-based arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam.?Solo exhibitions include: ‘Porosity,’ Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris (2015); ‘Metabolism,’ MACRO Contemporary Art Museum of Rome, Rome (2015); ‘Surfaces,’ Neumeister Bar- Am, Berlin (2015); ‘Soft Inquiry,’ K A N S A S, New York (2015); ‘The Matter Of It Being A Stone,’ SWG3 Gallery, Glasgow (2014); ‘The Molten Inner Core,’ Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin (2014); ‘Dust Skin Matter,’ Diablo Rosso, Panama City (2013); ‘The Hole and the Lump,’ Interstate Projects, New York (2013). Group exhibitions include: ‘Life Eraser,’ (curated by Domenico de Chirico ), Brand New Gallery, Milan; ‘Body Holes by New Scenario,’ 9th Berlin Biennale, Fear of Content section, Berlin; ‘Percussive Hunter,’ Akbank Sanat, Istanbul (2015); ‘COOL – as a state of mind,’ MAMO – Centre d'art de la Cité Radieuse, Marseille (2015); ‘The New Beauty of Our Modern Life,’ Higher Pictures, New York (2014); ‘Surface Poetry,’ Boetzelaer|Nispen, Amsterdam (2014); ‘Notes on Form,’ 032C Workshop, Berlin (2013); ‘Open for Business,’ STADIUM gallery, New York (2013); ‘Wobbly Misconduct,’ LV3 Gallery, Chicago (2012); ‘Life Is Very Long’ Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2012).?She was awarded the Deutsche Börse Residency Program at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt (2013) and the Sculpture Space funded residency (2012), as well as a residency at LMCC swingspace program at Governors Island, (2013), New York, NY.?De Joode is represented by Neumeister Bar-Am in Berlin and Christophe Gaillard in Paris.?She lives and works in Berlin. 

Kasper König, Artistic Director, Sculpture Projects Münster 2017 
Curator Kasper König will be artistic director of the next Sculpture Projects Münster 2017. From 2000 - 2012 he was?director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. In 2014 he was chief curator of the Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg. At the early age of twenty-three König was appointed curator of the museum exhibition ‘Claes Oldenburg’ in Stockholm. Even while still studying he was already organizing other exhibitions and published numerous books. In 1985 König was appointed to the newly established chair for ‘Kunst und Öffentlichkeit’ (Art and the Public Realm) at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Three years later he was made professor at the Städelschule Frankfurt and then appointed its director in 1989. During the same period he was also the founding director of the Portikus exhibition hall in Frankfurt am Main. As a curator, König organized numerous large-scale exhibitions such as ‘Westkunst’ in 1981 at the Cologne Fair, ‘von hier aus’ in 1984 at the Düsseldorf Fair and ‘Der zerbrochene, Spiegel’ in 1993 in Vienna and Hamburg. In 2000 he supervised the art project accompanying the Hanover EXPO titled ‘In-Between Architecture.’ In 1977, in collaboration with Klaus Bussmann, he launched Sculpture Projects Münster. The fourth edition, in summer 2017, will be curated by Kasper König and Brigitte Franzen, in association with Carina Plath.

Jed Morse, Chief Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center 
Jed Morse joined the staff of the Nasher Sculpture Center in 2002 as Assistant Curator. At the Nasher, he has organized numerous exhibitions and contributed to their attendant publications, including ‘David Smith: Drawing + Sculpting’; ‘Matisse: Painter as Sculptor’; ‘Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species’; ‘Tony Cragg: Seeing Things’; ‘Ernesto Neto Cuddle on the Tightrope’; ‘Katharina Grosse: WUNDERBLOCK’; ‘Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943-1963’; ‘Nasher XChange: 10 Years. 10 Artists. 10 Sites’; ‘Phyllida Barlow ‘tryst’; ‘Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest’; and the ‘Sightings’series of installations by contemporary artists such as Diana Al-Hadid, Martin Creed, Nathan Mabry, Anna-Bella Papp, Bettina Pousttchi, Eva Rothschild, Alyson Shotz, and Erick Swenson.

Bettina Pousttchi, artist
Artist Bettina Pousttchi was born in Mainz, Germany in 1971 and studied with artists Rosemarie Trockel and Gerhard Merz at the esteemed Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and participated in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum in New York in the 1990s. Since 1997, she has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2009, the Kunsthalle Basel in 2011.  Pouttschi created a site-specific installation on the Wolfsburg Castle and the Nasher Sculpture Center, and has recently presented solo exhibitions at Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg accompanying the Wolfsburg Award, as well as the Hirshhorn Museum and Philips Collection in Washington DC. Pousttchi is represented by Buchmann Galerie, Berlin. She lives and works in Berlin. 

About Nasher Prize

The Nasher Prize is an award for living artists who have made a profound impact on the practice of sculpture, as well as a platform for international programs dedicated to the contemporary study of the art form. The inaugural winner, the Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, was awarded the Prize in April 2016. The second laureate will be announced on September 26, 2016. The Nasher Prize presenting sponsor is JPMorgan Chase & Co. Founding Partners of the Nasher Prize are The Eugene McDermott Foundation and Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. 

About the Akademie der Kunste

The Berlin Akademie der Künste, founded in 1696, is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. It is an international community of artists and has a current total of 400 members in its six Sections: Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Art. 

About Berlin Art Week

In its fifth year, this key fall event dedicated to contemporary art combines exhibitions, art fairs, art awards, and an auxiliary program featuring talks, films, and tours. In addition, Berlin Art Week provides new, surprising insights into private collections, project spaces, and the city’s sites of artistic production. The center pieces of Berlin Art Week this year are once again the fairs abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin – Art Fair. Berlin Art Week is made possible by the Senate Administration for Economy, Technology, and Research. Realisation with kind support of Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs. Coordination and communication is managed by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH. 

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