Willem de Rooij "PIERRE VERGER IN SURINAME" at Portikus

Exhibition, 27 March – 18 July 2021

Summer semester 2021

Information, 12 April – 16 July 2021

Lectures Summer Semester 2021

Online Lecture, 20 April – 8 July 2021


Daniel Lie: Rotten Energy

Online Lecture, 24 June 2021, 19:00

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Eyal Weizman: Cloud Studies

Online Lecture, 1 June 2021, 19:00

Breaking Glass III – Virtual Space

Symposium, 28 – 30 May 2021

David Gianotten: Contextual Engagement

Online Lecture, 20 May 2021, 19:00

Ellie Ga: Artist talk

Online Lecture, 18 May 2021, 19:00

Hassan Khan class: AUTONATURA

Class Project, 14 – 16 May 2021

Etta Madete: OCHA-African Avant-Garde

Online Lecture, 11 May 2021, 19:00

Willem de Rooij class: Premiere

Class Project, 7 – 21 May 2021

Banu Cennetoğlu: neither a mirror nor a hammer

Online Lecture, 6 May 2021, 19:00

Elif Saydam: The House Always Wins

Online Lecture, 20 April 2021, 19:00

STADL: Schtorona

Radio Show, 19 – 21 February 2021, 18:00–19:00

Willem de Rooij Class: Raum I7

Class Project, 19 February 2021


Event, 19 – 21 February 2021, 16:00–20:00

Bani Abidi: Funland

Online Lecture, 16 February 2021, 19:00

Olga Balema

Online Lecture, 4 February 2021, 19:00

Henrike Naumann: Aesthetics of Power

Online Lecture, 28 January 2021, 19:00

The Otolith Group: Infinity Minus Infinity

Online Lecture, 21 January 2021, 19:00

Manuela Moscoso: Liverpool Biennial 2021

Online Lecture, 19 January 2021, 19:00

Jason Mohaghegh: Dreams of the Last King

Online Lecture, 12 January 2021, 19:00

Sohrab Mohebbi: I don't want to be critical like that

Online Lecture2 June 2021, 07:00online
Photo: Sohrab MohebbiPhoto: Sohrab Mohebbi

This talk looks at the hegemony of critique in contemporary art as a centralizing force that is increasingly implemented as a mechanism for control and exclusion. Why does art need to be critical, or rather critical in a certain way? The presentation asks if critique is the sole formula for resistance in contemporary art practice. Risking hyperbole, has critique become the language of the oppressor? The talk will juggle a few concurrent thoughts and ideas that attempt to respond to these questions from personal experience.

Sohrab Mohebbi is a writer and curator of the 58th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, and curator-at-large at SculptureCenter, New York. Some exhibitions include: Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit (2020); Searching the Sky for Rain (2019); Christian Nyampeta, École du soir (2019) and Banu Cennetoglu (2019). At REDCAT CalArts’ Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, he curated, among others: It is obvious from the map (co-curated with Thomas Keenan, 2017) and Hotel Theory (2015). He is a contributing editor to Bidoun, has a BA from Tehran Art University, and an MA from CCS Bard.


The lecture will be held in English language.

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