The State We’re In

05/06/2017. and 13/06/2017.

Series of talks and conversations curated by Kate Sutton

The notion of “Progress” brings with it the well-intended belief that everything must eventually get better. When we speak of an evolution based on “survival of the fittest,” we tend to project a happy-ending humanitarianism onto those “fittest,” not imagining that the qualities that might make one species dominant over another may not necessarily be the most community-minded.

We are currently experiencing a moment where society appears to be in retrograde, slipping backwards after several decades of presumed progress. In this series of lectures, hosted by Zagreb-based writer and curator Kate Sutton, guest speakers will offer creative insight into the political, economical and evolutionary state in which we currently find ourselves.

05/06/2017 at 8 pm
Tyler Coburn: Ergonomic Futures
Gallery Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

For the inaugural lecture-performance, on June 5, artist Tyler Coburn will introduce his ongoing project, Ergonomic Futures. This multidisciplinary initiative imagines what impact future evolution will have on our understanding of what it means to be human, and, conversely, what it means to deviate from that definition.

Tyler Coburn is an artist and writer based in New York. Featured in both the 11th Gwangju Biennale and the 10th Shanghai Biennale, Coburn’s work has also been presented at South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; Kunsthalle Wien; CCA Glasgow; Western Front, Vancouver; Grazer Kunstverein; UCCA, Beijing; and Sculpture Center, New York. His writing has appeared in e-flux journal, frieze, Dis, Mousse, and Rhizome.

13/06/2017 at 8 pm
Adam Kleinman: Trump l’oeil
club Mama, Preradovićeva 18, Zagreb

On June 13, critic Adam Kleinman will treat audiences to Trump l’oeil, a lecture that follows up on Coburn’s dialectic of “normativity” and “deviance” to question structures of mind control, from brainwashing to memes.

Adam Kleinman is a largely-itinerant writer, curator, educator, and sometime performer. He is editor-in-chief and adjunct curator at Witte de With, Rotterdam, and a frequent contributor to multiple books and magazines including Agenda, Artforum, e-flux journal, frieze, Mousse, and Texte zur Kunst.
Kate Sutton is a writer, currently based in Zagreb, Croatia, after nearly a decade in Russia, where she served as curator of the non-profit art space Baibakov Art Projects. In addition to writing articles and reviews for magazines including Artforum, Bidoun, frieze, Ibraaz and LEAP, Sutton is a regular contributor to Artforum.com.

Each lecture will be followed by a conversation with Kate Sutton, and a period for questions from the audiences. The conversations will be held in English. More speakers will be announced in the fall.

The program is supported by:
City Office for Culture, Education and Sports of the City of Zagreb

Kultura Nova Foundation
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Trust for Mutual Understanding/TMU
Foundation for Arts Initiatives