Panel discussion at the Münzclub

Biographies of the panelists


Bernadette Corporation
Founded 1994
Bernadette Van-Huy, Antek Walczak, John Kelsey and many others

Bernadette Corporation's recent exhibitions and projects include: Pedestrian Cinema in Berlin, Paris and New York; Hammer Forum: Bernadette Corporation Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Seminal Works from the 20th Century: Activism at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Artistes et Cinéastes Entre Fiction et Documentaire, FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) in Biarritz (2005); Yvon Lambert Gallery, Project Room, Paris; The Big Nothing at ICA in Philadelphia; Now and Ten Years Ago at Kunst-Werke Berlin; Ex-Argentina at Ludwig Museum, Cologne; MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (2004); International Documentary Film Festival, Marseille (2003); Die Kraft der Negation at Theater der Welt festival in Cologne and Berlin (2002); Au-delà du Spectacle at Centre Pompidou in Paris and Let's Entertain at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis (2000). In 2005 they published the book Reena Spaulings, published by Semiotext(e).


Ina Blom is an associate professor at the Department of Art History, University of Oslo, where she received her Ph.D (The Cut Through Time. A Version of the Dada/Neo-Dada Repetition, UIO, 1999). Her field of interest has been modernism/avantgarde studies and contemporary art, with a particular focus on event-related aesthetics and aesthetic theory. A former music critic, she has worked extensively as an art critic and curator since 1988 and contributed to numerous books and publications. Recent titles include ‘What Time is Real?’ in Surroundings Surrounded: Olafur Eliasson (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe/MIT Press, 2001), ‘The Touch Through Time. Raoul Hausmann, Nam June Paik and the Transmission Technologies of the Avantgarde’, in Leonardo Journal of Art and Technology, no.3 (2001), MIT Press, Joseph Beuys. An Essay (Gyldendal, 2001) and The Postal Performance of Ray Johnson (Kassel/Oslo/Sittard 2003).


Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg
Born 1964 and 1955

Mauricio Dias studied fine arts in Rio de Janeiro and Basel. Walter Riedweg studied music and performance in Lucern, Verscio and New York. They have worked together since 1993. Dias & Riedweg's art projects have been commissioned and individually exhibited at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki (2004/2005); at the MoMA Tokyo (2004); at MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (2003/2004); at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro (2002); Kunsthalle Palazzo in Switzerland (2000) and at Stroom, Centre for Contemporary Art The Hague (1997), among others. Their work has also been commissioned for international group shows such as the Liverpool and Shanghai International Art Biennials (2004); the Mercosul and Havanna Biennials (2003); the São Paulo Biennial (2002, 2000 and 1998); L'État des Choses at Kunst-Werke Berlin; InSite (2000); the Venice Biennial (1999) and at Conversations at the Castle at the Arts Festival of Atlanta (1996). Dias & Riedweg are recipients of the Guggenheim Foundation NY Fellowship 2002; of the Vitae Foundation Art Grant 2000; the Cultural Prize of Basel 1999 and Pro Helvetia's Cahier d'Artiste 1997. They currently live in Rio de Janeiro, and are represented by Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo.


Lars Bang Larsen is a free-lance critic and curator based in Bilbao and Copenhagen. He has most recently co-curated the exhibitions The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds at Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2005) and The Echo Show at Tramway, Glasgow (2003). He was the curator of the artist Lars Mathisen as the official Danish representative at the 2004 São Paulo Biennial. Larsen contributes to publications on contemporary art and culture such as Artforum, Frieze and Springerin, and has written a book on the Swedish artist Sture Johannesson´s radical psychedelic art from the 1960s (NIFCA / Lukas & Sternberg, 2002). Other exhibitions he has been involved in curating are Fundamentalisms of the New Order (Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2002), Pyramids of Mars (The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; The Barbican Centre, London and Trapholt, Kolding, 2000–2001), Bicycle Thieves (Chicago and Milwaukee, 1998) and the Momentum Biennial in Moss (1998). Larsen is the visual arts editor of Lettre Internationale in Denmark and has previously worked as a curator with the Danish Contemporary Art Foundation.


Gila Lustiger was born in Frankfurt am Main. At seventeen she moved to Tel Aviv and one year later to Jerusalem, where she studied Germanistik with the last of the German exiles. In 1987 she moved to Paris, where she lives today. Her first novel, Die Bestandsaufnahme, appeared in 1995 (Aufbauverlag); her second novel Aus einer schönen Welt in 1997 (Aufbauverlag) and her third novel So sind wir in 2005 (BerlinVerlag).


Jean-Charles Massera is a writer and art critic based in the South of France. He is the author of Sex, Art & The Dow Jones (Lukas & Sternberg, 2003); United Emmerdements of New Order preceded by United Problems of Coût de la Main d’œuvre (P.O.L, 2002); The Lesson of Stains (Towards an aesthetics of recontstitution), Pierre Huyghe The Third Memory (Centre Georges Pompidou/Renaissance Society, 2000); France guide de l’utilisateur (P.O.L, 1998); gangue son (Méréal, 1994) as well as plays, radio fictions and catalogue essays.


Vanessa Joan Müller has a PhD in art history and is curator and art critic. Works for Frankfurter Kunstverein since 2000. Member of the advisory board of ‘Populism’. Several essays and publications on contemporary art and art theory.


Cristina Ricupero is a curator at NIFCA, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki. She has also been Associate Director of Exhibitions at the ICA in London from 2000 until 2004. Her recent exhibition projects for NIFCA include Fundamentalisms of the New Order at Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen in 2002 and Social Hackers in Helsinki in 2000 and Geneva in 2001. Some of her exhibitions for the ICA include: Publicness, a group exhibition featuring Jens Haaning, Matthieu Laurette and Aleksandra Mir in 2003 and In Many Ways the Exhibition Already Happened, a group exhibition featuring Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, M/M (Paris), François Roche (architect) in 2001–2002. She has also curated a number of independent projects such as Antigula, solo exhibition of M/M (Paris) at the Ursula Blickle Foundation in Germany in 2004, Dial 33 then 1 (video programme) and Operation R.O.S.A (solo exhibition by Eva Grubinger) for KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. She previously worked at the New Media Department of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.


Willem de Rooij
Born 1969

Willem de Rooij lives and works in Amsterdam. His recent exhibitions with Jeroen de Rijke include: Artists Space in New York; Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe; Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main; Moscow Biennial (2005); BAK in Utrecht; Museum Ludwig in Budapest; Tate Modern in London; Busan Biennale (2004); Kunsthalle Zürich (solo); Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (solo); Kiasma Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki; Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt am Main (2003).


Nicolaus Schafhausen is a curator. He is director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein and since 2005 he is founding director of the European Kunsthalle, Cologne. Works since 1998 as advisor and co-editor for the publishing house Lukas & Sternberg, Berlin/New York. Latest projects as a curator were the exhibition projects Emotion Eins (2004); nation; Adorno – The Possibility of the Impossible (together with Vanessa Joan Müller) (2003); Neue Welt, New Heimat and non-places (2000–2002) and Dark Spring (2002). He also curated monographic exhibitions with, amongst others, Kai Althoff, Monica Bonvicini, Gerard Byrne, Cerith Wyn Evans, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Steven Prina, Markus Schinwald and Bernhard Willhelm.


Milica Tomic
Born 1960

Milica Tomic’s recent solo exhibitions include: Reading Capital at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas (2004); National Pavilion, Serbia and Montenegro pavilion at the Venice Biennial (2003); Bild Museet in Umeå (2002); Artist Statement / Facade Project at Secession in Vienna (2001); Camera Austria Gallery in Graz; Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, Kunsthalle Vienna in Vienna (2000) and Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck, Austria (1999). Tomic’s participation in group exhibitions includes: Belgrade Art Inc. at Secession in Vienna; IDTroubles at Halle für Kunst in Lüneburg; International Cetinje Biennial V; Unbalanced Allocation Of Space at Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig (2004); the Istanbul Biennial; In den Schluchten des Balkan at Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel; Independence at South London Gallery in London (2003); Entities in the 21st Century at ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (2002); ARS 01 at Kiasma Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki; du bist die welt at Künstlerhaus Wien in Vienna; Milano Europa 2000 at Palazzo Della Triennale in Milan (2001); 2000 + Arteast Collection at ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (2000); Roteiros, Roteiros, Roteiros… São Paulo Biennial (1998) She lives and works in Belgrade.


Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas
Born 1966 and 1968

Gediminas & Nomeda Urbonas’ recent solo exhibitions and projects include: RR: Ruta Remake at CAC, Contemporary Art Centre, in Vilnius (2004); TRANSmute at Sprengel Museum Hannover; Transaction at Ludwig Museum in Budapest; haus.0, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2002) and IASPIS in Stockholm (2001). Their participation in group exhibitions includes: Madonna at Kunsthaus Dresden; Culturas de Archivo 4: Representaciones in Valladolid, Spain (2005); ISEA2004 at Kiasma Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki; the 3rd Berlin Biennial; Auf Sendung at GfZK, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2004); V/J7 at Constant vzw in Brussels; Neue Freunde at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart; The Labyrinthine Effect at ACCA, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne; Fate of Alien Modes at Secession in Vienna; Substream at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo (2003); Re-direct at haus.0, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Fundamentalisms of the New Order at Charlottenborg in Copenhagen; Documenta XI in Kassel; Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt am Main (2002); Duchamp’s Suitcase at Arnolfini in Bristol and Strangers & Paradise at Witte de With in Rotterdam (2000). They live and work in Vilnius.