Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Artist Talk: Transform/Translate by artist and professor Ingo Vetter



A report on Asian production sites used to manufacture international art.

How do works of art, and particularly monumental sculptures for biennales and major exhibitions arise today? This was the initial question of the project ‘Artistic Materials and Production in Globalization’ at the University of the Arts Bremen, Germany.

The research began questioning our own practices in the studios and workshops at the university, then leading to the mega-studios by Joep van Lieshout or Olafur Eliasson, and finally to Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and southern China to visit production facilities of contemporary art. Our focus was on sites, where inter- national artists’ commission works for international exhibitions. We documented the workshops, talked to managers, their staff  and artists, discussing forms of communication, decision-making, and translation issues. The lecture presents a globalized art production that not only inspires the feasibility fantasies of many artists and their clients, it also changes the artworks and their meanings. Outsourcing artistic production to the workshops of the world requires constant translations of communication, appreciation of art and its content. The smooth international assignment is more of an obsession and in the actual realization, the location captures a significant role again.

This material view on the production of art allows questions about working conditions, economy and distribution, but also changes the image of the artist and ultimately challenges today’s art education.

This Artist Talk is being held by Ingo Vetter, artist & professor at University of the Arts Bremen and will be introduced by Professor Lisa Tan.

When: April 28 at 10:00-12:00
Where: Lecture room floor 4 at Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen

This is an open lecture and there is no need for pre registration.