17-18 March 2021

Going to the Limits of Your Longing, Research as Another Name for Care
In memory of Marion von Osten

Art Institute HGK FHNW, Basel

Invited by Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer

With Maria Thereza Alves, Ursula Biemann, Regina Bittner, Katya García-Antón, Anja Kirschner, Kapwani Kiwanga, Maria Lind, Otobong Nkanga, Lydia Ourahmane, Myriam Amroun, Filipa Ramos, Kerstin Stakemeier, Yvonne Volkart, Peter Spillmann

Once upon a time, or just a couple of decades ago, womxn artists from various and diverging geographies began to query and study the gap that has traditionally existed between artistic and non-artistic labor. As artistic labor came to be understood as more representative of society’s functioning as a whole, new questions concerning the political dimensions of art and the role of the artist in contemporary society came to life. Research has often been the term applied to the act of inquiring into the postcolonial past (and neocolonial present), an inquiry whose very substance gives voice to the need to revise the fundaments of our unachieved and fragile democracies, their languages, tools, forms of violence, and myriad legacies.
Going to the Limits of Your Longing, Research as Another Name for Care, the spring 2021 Master symposium at Art Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel, will be devoted to ideas and forms of artistic research that center art as a practice in service of the social. With this symposium we will revisit certain moments in our recent history and present of researching, producing, and exhibiting art in the name of such beliefs, namely social justice. To that end, this gathering will be dedicated to the memory of Marion von Osten, the artist, curator, researcher, writer, and teacher whose curatorial, theoretical, and altogether empathic approaches to the medium of exhibition-making revolved around artistic research devoted to the collective.



22-24 November 2018

Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Invited by Matias Viegener and Anja Casser

With Dodie Bellamy, Hanjo Berressem, Ruth Buchanan, Georgina Colby, Leslie Dick & Audrey Wollen, Claire Finch, Johnny Golding, Anja Kirschner, Douglas A. Martin, Jason McBride, Karolin Meunier & Kerstin Stakemeier, Daniel Schulz, McKenzie Wark

The American author Kathy Acker (1947-1997) was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Working through an experimental and avant-garde tradition, she wrote numerous novels, essays, poems and novellas from the beginning of the 1970s to the late 90s. As a postmodernist, plagiarist and post-punk feminist, her work has influenced two generations of writers, philosophers, and many artists. In the first large-scale international exhibition on Kathy Acker, Badischer Kunstverein invites international artists, writers, and scholars to discuss Acker’s oeuvre through a wide range of events including talks, readings, and performances during a three-day symposium.



3 June 2018

Vision's Bleeding Edge:
On nonhuman vision, liquid and crystal intelligence and AI

Royal College of Art, Kensington, London

Talks by Esther Leslie (Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck) and Joanna Zylinska (Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths)
Moderated by Anja Kirschner and Adam J B Walker

Performances and videos by Anna Ådahl, Anja Kirschner, Lawrence Lek, Mayra Martin Ganzinotti, Anna Nazo, Emma Somerset Davis, Adam J B Walker

Vision’s Bleeding Edge will explore the impact of the latest imaging technologies on human and nonhuman vision and the way contemporary art engages with and rearticulates these developments. Live performances and screenings by current RCA researchers will be in dialogue with talks by Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck and author of Liquid Crystals: The Science and Art of a Fluid Form (Reaktion, 2016) and Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths and author of Nonhuman Photography (MIT Press, 2017). Leslie will speak on the history and increasing ubiquity of liquid crystal technologies (in LCD TVs, computers and mobile devices) and the liveliness these bestow on the digital images they both display and ‘see’ - while Zylinska’s talk on nonhuman photography and AI driven imaging will focus on the political underpinnings of the current AI debate and its impact on photography and art.

Vision’s Bleeding Edge is organised by SOAH Researchers Anja Kirschner, Mayra Martin Ganzinotti, Anna Nazo, Emma Somerset Davis and Adam J B Walker with Aura Satz (Moving Image Tutor and Reader in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art).



14 December 2017

Hidden Forms of Directing

tranzitdisplay, Prague

Invited by Zuzana Blochová and Edith Jeřábková with Anja Kirschner

With Jana Baierová, Zuzana Blochová, Jan Bernard, Michal Bregant, Mikuláš Brukner, Barbora Dayef, Bracha L. Ettinger, Šárka Gmiterková, Linda Hauerová, Libuše Heczková, Anna Hejmová, Edith Jeřábková, Jesse Jones, Tereza Kanyzová, Anja Kirschner, Jan Kolský, Kateřina Konvalinová, Francis McKee, Ruth Noack, Matěj Pavlík, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Johannes Paul Raether, Michaela Režová, Lucie Rosenfeldová, Sláva Sobotovičová, Kateřina Svatoňová, Tomáš Uhnák, Marina Vishmidt



16 May - 13 June 2017

Lecture Series
Die Zukunft des Vergangenen. Moderne im Spiegel der Gegenwartskunst / The Future of the Past. Modernity in the Mirror of Contemporary Art
Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main

With Florian Pumhösl, Asier Mendizabal, Anja Kirschner, Laura Horelli.

The historiographic turn in contemporary art has made the reappraisal, reassessment and criticism of modernity a central subject area of artistic practice. The lecture series negotiates the emancipatory claim of modern art and its toxic legacy, the complexity of modernity, its political-aesthetic pretensions, its violence and its untapped potentials.



21-23 April 2017

Conference and programme of screenings and performances
Speak, body:
Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds


20-22 April 2017

Media Revolutions/Mediale Revolutionen
Academy of Fine Art Hamburg

With Klaus Birnstiel, Jodi Dean, Diedrich Diederichsen, Bernhard Dotzler, Arnold Dreyblatt, Yuk Hui, Anja Kirschner, Peter Osborne, Dont Rhine/Ultra Red, Kerstin Stakemeier.


17-18 March 2017

Talks, screenings and performances
Post-Apocalyptic Realism:
It’s After the End of the World. Don’t You Know That?

Museum Brandhorst, Munich

With Juan Atkins, Jacky Connolly, Helmut Draxler, Georgia Sagri, Hassan Khan, Anja Kirschner, Nina Könnemann, Dana Luciano, Inka Meißner, Robert Müller and Tanja Widmann, Michael Smith, Peter Wächtler, Jutta Zimmermann.

Curated by Tanja Widmann and Tonio Kröner


28-30 October 2016

WE NEED YOUR CARKEYS! The Horizons of Horror
Künstlerhäuser Worpswede

Invited by Sam Basu, Anke Hennig and Anja Kirschner

With Anselm Franke, Bracha L. Ettinger, Melanie Bonajo and Laboria Cuboniks (Diann Bauer, Helen Hester).


9 June – 30 July 2016

Exhibition and research project
5 Uneasy Pieces + An Open Investigation
UM gallery, UMPRUM Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, Prague

Curated and initiated by Anja Kirschner and organized by Are

With Adam Chodzko, Stephan Dillemuth and UMPRUM students, Constantinos Hadzinikolaou, Anja Kirschner, Nova Melancholia with Dora Economou.


4 March 2015

Interdisciplinary lecture series, screenings and performances
Are You Alive Or Not?
Looking at Art through the Lens of Theatre
(Act 1, Scene 6)
Studium Generale, Gerrit Rietveld Academy

With Clare Butcher, Klaas Tindemans, Anja Kirschner.


17-39 October 2014

Psycho Materialism
Künstlerhäuser Worpswede

Invited by Tim Voss and Kerstin Stakemeier

With Kerstin Brätsch/Debo Eilers, Helmut Draxler, Johnny Golding, Anja Kirschner, Benjamin Noys, Johannes Paul Raether, Juliane Rebentisch and Kerstin Stakemeier.


12-16 November 2013

Symposium, Screenings and Workshop
I'm Frightened. Bring Popcorn.
Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome

Invited by Anja Kirschner

With Dario Argento, Enrico Ghezzi, Marco Greganti, Douglas Mortimer Collective, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Valerio Di Simone.


19 March 2013

Artist's talk
Movie lights switching on and erasing the image or illuminating darkness
Beirut, Cairo


26-27 January 2013

Art as a Form of Crisis
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin

Invited by Kerstin Stakemeier and Sophie Golz

With Stewart Martin, Michael Heinrich, Nikos Arvanitis, Dimitra Kotouza, Freundinnen und Freunde der klassenlosen Gesellschaft, Anja Kirschner, David Panos.


10 January 2013

Interdisciplinary lecture series
Power of Material/Politics of Materiality:
The (Im)materiality of the Economy

cx centre for interdisciplinary studies, Academy of Fine Arts Munich



7-8 June 2010


Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht

Invited by Babak Afrassiabi and Nasrin Tabatabai