Mittwoch, 9. Juni 2010

Art + Argument at the Swiss Art Awards

This house believes art is not a leisure activity

JJ Charlesworth, Rebecca Geldard, Quinn Latimer and Burkhard Meltzer debate art and amateurship

18h, 16 June 2010

Clare Goodwin’s caravan

Pro Helvetia’s latest series of artist monographs - Cahiers d’Artistes - presented as a campsite within the Swiss Arts Awards, in parallel with Art 41 Basel

Messeplatz, Halle 3.2 (opposite main fair), Basel

Four cultural experts in two opposing teams debate an issue relating to art. Teams must oppose or defend the motion, and each team member has five minutes to argue their case uninterrupted. After that speakers challenge each other and the audience may in turn question the speakers. The event ends with a vote for the more persuasive team. 

This is a forum for discussing culture where the unspeakable may be said. Each speaker must play his or her assigned role, regardless of whether they agree or not. Speakers benefit from temporary immunity: what they say during the debate is not necessarily their opinion and they cannot be held to their word afterwards. 

This debate is taking place within the framework of the presentation of the Cahiers d’Artistes Collection 2010 at the Swiss Art Awards:

Art + Argument is an itinerant event bringing together exciting minds from the Swiss art scene and beyond. To know more, write to aoiferosenmeyer(at)

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