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In the framework of Resonance, an exhibition of the Goethe-Institut New York curated by Rivet and work by Agency, Faivovich & Goldberg and weareQQ, Diedrich Diederichsen was invited to deliver a talk that would tackle some issues of object-oriented thinking within the arts, as well as considering the potential for resonance among entities relevant to contemporary practice (human, non-human, animate or inanimate). Because of Hurricane Sandy, Diederichsen’s talk had to be cancelled, but this change of plans led to a conversation between Diederichsen and the curators, Rivet (Sarah Demeuse and Manuela Moscoso), about the topics he had planned to bring forward. ...
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While there’s been an OOO buzz of late in the art world, we would like to take some time to look closely at specific suggestions made by some of the group’s most vocal advocates–Graham Harman and Levi R. Bryant–alongside some by Isabelle Stengers. We’re particularly eager to consider “object-orientedness” and/in contemporary art. We suggest two simple activities: reading and conversation. We have selected brief texts and the ICI has scanned and uploaded them to their server. These sessions are of an informal nature: while Manuela and I will give a general introduction to the text, the idea is to consider ...
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The Wilson Exercises is a framework in which the artists Anna Craycroft and Marc Vives and the curatorial office Rivet have exchanged materials since fall 2012. It primarily involves developing a shared method and productive process that evades the evaluative and interrupts doing, making, and showing. Their exercise rhythm balances joint conversations against withdrawal into individual practice. Throughout, the curators have also put their analytical gaze on hold in favor of responses in an associative and fictional voice that engages with aspects of the artists’ material. The Wilson Exercises surfaced as a semipublic program at the Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, ...

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