1. 20.6.201412:0020.6.201413:00Lecture

              Barbara Steiner (AT)

              Intricate Relationships

            2. At first glance, the situation seems to be quite clear: The former divide between applied and free arts is shifting to a new separation, namely that of creative industries/creative economy and visual arts. At closer inspection, the disciplinary separation has been replaced with an economic one, which can be found in arts and in graphic design in equal measure. On the one hand, conceptual approaches/critical practises in graphic design and arts are moving closer to one another, very often connected to small scale projects, niches and dependency on public funding. On the other hand, economisation in design and arts is already far advanced and business volumes have reached an impressive scale. The “two worlds” hardly meet. Increasingly, it seems to be a matter of choice where to locate oneself.

              In her lecture, Barbara Steiner examines the relationship between art and graphic design alongside economic separations. Furthermore, she aims at discussing possibilities for critical practises and teaching critical practise in arts and design nowadays.

            3. Barbara Steiner (AT)

              Barbara Steiner is curator, editor and author with an emphasis on politics of representation, institutional critique/criticality, architecture, and display. From 2001 to 2011, Steiner was Director of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig. There, she also initiated the annual art prize INFORM, an accolade presented to graphic designers, who develop a practise within the context of graphic design and art. From May 2012 to May 2013 Steiner headed Europe (to the power of) n, a transnational project, which took place in eleven cities in and outside the European Union. After, she was curator in residence at Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam. Within the scope of her residency she drew attention to the relation of art and graphic design in particular consideration of their social and economic entanglements.
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          2. The Biennial will open on 20 June 2014 with three days of lectures and presentations by world-famous designers and design theoreticians.

            This symposium will provide an opportunity to become acquainted with some of the leading figures in international graphic design, their work, and their opinions. There will also be space for personal discussion and critical debate. The official languages are Czech and English.

            Moderated by James Langdon (designer, GB)James Langdon is an independent designer. He is one of six directors of the artist-run gallery Eastside Projects in Birmingham, UK; and founder of the itinerant School for Design Fiction. In 2012 he received the Inform International Award for Conceptual Design, presented by Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany. He has worked as a designer for numerous artists, and for institutions including Book Works, London; Sternberg Press, Berlin; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and OCA, Oslo. Curatorial initiatives include ‘Arefin & Arefin: The Graphic Design of Tony Arefin’, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2012); ‘Construction School’, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2012); Norman Potter’s ‘In:quest of Icarus’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2012); and ‘Book Show’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (2010). He has lectured internationally at institutions including Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden; Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK; Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem, Netherlands; HFG Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany; and Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands.