Mittwoch, 25. Februar 2009

This house believes public art is a contradiction in terms

Anna Helwing, Oliver Kielmeyer, Kerim Seiler and Mirjam Varadinis debate art

7pm, 10 March 2009

Hosted by BolteLang 

Limmatstrasse 214, 8005 Zürich

Four art experts in two opposing teams debate a current art world issue. Teams are given a motion to defend or oppose, and each team member has five minutes to argue the case uninterrupted. After that speakers may 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 that speaker agrees or not. Speakers benefit from an evening’s immunity: what they say during the debate is not necessarily their opinion and they cannot be held to their word afterwards. 

The debate is a means to distance debaters from their usual roles, undermine common sense and bring about unexpected, off the wall and, hopefully, inspired discussions, free from traditional constraints. 

Art & Argument will be an itinerant event bringing together exciting minds from the Swiss art scene and beyond. To know more, write to