A Prior #12UP


It seems a tendency among contemporary artists to take on a role of self questioning, combining an almost anthropological interest in society and relational or social structures with a highly personalised approach. How else would or could you respond to the impacts and developments in this vastly ‘globalising’ world? And is this positioning taken over by the more peripheral, independent, art organisations?

Erik van Lieshout (NL) a dynamic artist keeps putting himself on the scales: where does he stand in society. Van Lieshout questions his position – young white male – in a curious and rather direct way, utterly unpretentious; naïve rather than arrogant. Sven Lütticken, Tom Morton and Caroline Eggel discuss Van Lieshouts more recent video installations and related work in terms of presentation, contemporary culture, art film.
The artists projects in this issue are made by two artists, Steven Shearer (Can) and Ragnar Kjartansson (Is) and take on an approach that shares affinities with Van Lieshouts idiom, rough imagery, shocking at times, pornographic or humoristic at others, yet has its very own sources of inspiration and its very own questions to answer. Dieter Roelstraete (B) wrote the first extensive interpretative text on the archival work of Steven Shearer. Dr. Christian Schoen (D) contributed an enlightening and introductory text on art, performance and myth, the work and intentions of Ragnar Kjartansson.
Andrea Wiarda (NL) spoke with independent curator Annie Fletcher (I/NL)about the position, profession and possibilities of the independent curator and whether art can be a motor for thinking. Artist & curator Armin Medosch (A) contributed his vision on self-organisational mechanisms in contemporary society and the power of ad-hoc structures.

A Prior Magazine #12 will be presented:

On Wednesday 25th of January 2006
• At Galleria Franco Noero in Turin, on the occasion of the opening of Steven Shearers solo show from 6.30-8.30pm.

On Thursday 26th of January 2006
• At the MuHKA, Antwerp from 9pm – 11pm – With a round table discussion between Dieter Roelstraete (curator of MuHKA and member of APM’s editorial board), Steven Shearer and Ragnar Kjartansson. – With “Sorrow conquers Happiness” a musical performance by Ragnar Kjartansson at 10pm.
• During the opening of the exhibition and broadcast “Satellite of Love” in Witte de With centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, on the occasion of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where Van Lieshout presents a new work.