About the difficulty of operating within one or more systems of relations

In this Creative Morning Berlin lecture Else Gabriel talks about the difficulty of operating within one or more systems of relations, meanings, and values while still being able to see right through their banality at the same time. Using various examples, she discusses how her personal biography blends with artistic positioning, teaching and administration, and with the construction of the Aether Museum (as the basis for the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Bahnhof) and with the definition of performance as an art form of embarrassment. Else Gabriel boldly posits that the omipresence of media has disastrous consequences on our basic understanding of art.

About the speaker

Prof. Else Gabriel, born 1962 in Halberstadt (GDR), studied at the University of Fine Arts in Dresden 1982 – 1987. She was co-founder of the artist group Auto-Perforations-Artisten and has held many exhibitions and performances. Since 1990 she’s been working under the artist label (e.) Twin Gabriel, mostly in cooperation with Ulf Wrede. She taught at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (CA), and since 1997 she’s been lecturing as Professor at the Universities of Hamburg, Kassel, Kiel and Saarbrücken. In 2009 she became a Professor at the sculpture department at Kunsthochschule Weißensee (Berlin). She has also held Exhibitions at Musée de la ville de Paris, Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA, Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin.

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