Talks about Art in Public Space: Nil Yalter


Talks about Art in Public Space
Lecture: Nil Yalter
Followed by a discussion with Nil Yalter and Katalin Erdődi

TH 15 11 2018, 6:30 pm

“…the political events were so overwhelming, it just wasn’t possible to sit in the studio and not participate anymore…”

What Nil Yalter tells here in a conversation about the atmosphere around the year 1968 in Paris might just as well be a quote from the present day. How does art react to political transformations? What kind of strategies do artists contribute to the discussion?

Questions like these have accompanied Nil Yalter’s artistic career, and she has always responded to them anew, under ever-changing conditions. Yalter adds a new angle to topics like the position of the woman, migration, or the life circumstances of workers through an array of artistic methods, which oscillate between sociological research, ethnography, and a radical, art-infused will to experiment. Today we are also experiencing another moment of radical political shifts in Europe. But unlike the spirit of optimism and enthusiasm of 1968 we are confronted with a new aggressive form of de-democratisation, which has not yet managed to get art out of the studios. An orientation upon precedents of the past and a discussion about potential strategies are more important than ever.

The “Talks about Art in Public Space” take place in cooperation with Public Art Lower Austria.
The talk with Nil Yalter is part of our jubilee “10 Years Performance” this year.


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