Assistances (Working Title) w/ Valentina Desideri, Stefano Harney, Jason Hirata, Will Holder, Annick Kleizen, Cally Spooner, Eric Golo Stone, Mathilde Supe, Terre Thaemlitz, Marina Vishmidt

Day 1
14th April 2023, 10am - 6pm

The event can also be attended online via Zoom (Password: assistant).

Day 1:

10am: Introduction

10:30am: Valentina Desideri* & Stefano Harney**

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Mathilde Supe***

3:30pm: Will Holder**** & Cally Spooner*****

5pm: Eric Golo Stone******

*Valentina Desideri explores art making as a form of study and study as a form of making art. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London (2003–2006), later on did her MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (2011–13) and is currently a PhD candidate at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She does Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, and is one of the co-organizes of Performing Arts Forum in France, she speculates in writing with Stefano Harney, she engages in Poethical Readings and gathers Sensing Salons with Denise Ferreira da Silva, she is part of the Oficina de Imaginação Política and the online platform, she reads and writes.

**Stefano Harney is Professor of Transversal Aesthetics at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (KHM).  He has been Professor of Strategic Management at Singapore Management University, Professor of Strategy, Culture, and Society at the Queen Mary School of Business and Management in London, and is currently Honorary Professor in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University British Columbia.  He has been collaborating with Valentina Desideri for twelve years, most recently on the practice of affordances and the decolonization of the senses.

***Mathilde Supe creates narratives through film, video, books and publishing. Her approach to storytelling blends fiction, collective imagination and media studies to explore representations and cultural norms. After a first exhibition in partnership with the FID festival in Marseille, she exhibited at the Galleria Continua and participated in various group exhibitions and fairs for young creators. She also studied sociology at the EHESS (Paris) and has just published a book on the artist Keren Cytter with Sternberg Press.



******Eric Golo Stone is currently artistic director at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart where he has organized projects with artists including Eva Barto, Andrea Fraser, Cameron Rowland, Bea Schlingelhoff, and Ramaya Tegegne. His program at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart has become known for presenting artistic positions that advance methods of institutional critique. His research, writing, and lecturing consistently examines the political economy of art, specifically emphasizing the socioeconomic structures, governance arrangements, and authority dynamics by which art institutions operate. His writing has been published in AfterallOctober, Flash Art, and Texte zur Kunst, among other publications, and he is editor of the newly published book, Services Working Group, which revisits the seminal exhibition, Servicesorganized by Helmut Draxler and Andrea Fraser in 1994 at the Kunstraum Lüneburg.