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IMMA is delighted to invite Jörg Heiser, renowned writer, art critic, curator, and co-editor of frieze magazine to present a talk in the context of the IMMA exhibition Walker and Walker, Nowhere without no(w). Expanding on his featured essay in IMMA’s catalogue for this exhibition, Heiser presents a lecture that draws on his research on the convergence of Romanticism and Conceptualism, across literature, music and contemporary art practice.
Drawing on the surrealist writer René Daumal, classic novel allegory, Mount Analogue – Heiser considers how this offers a valuable framework to address artists’ own meditations on the difficulties of journeying between thwarted worlds of ideal ‘romantic inwardness’ and deadpan ‘conceptual rationalism’, that are especially at play in Walker and Walkers’ exhibition at IMMA.
This sets the context, to probe deeper into the wider philosophical underpinnings of Walker and Walker’s practice and in particular their critically acclaimed film work Mount Analogue Revisited, 2012.
Jörg Heiser is a writer and art critic, curator, and musician. A doctor of art history holding an M.A. in philosophy, he is Director of the Institute for Art in Context and a professor at the faculty of fine arts of the University of the Arts in Berlin. For twenty years, he worked as an editor for frieze and continues to write for the magazine. His books include All of a Sudden. Things that Matter in Contemporary Art (2008) and the forthcoming Double Lives in Art and Pop Music (2019). Since 2004 he has curated numerous group exhibitions including Romantic Conceptualism (2007-8, Kunsthalle Nuremberg and Bawag Foundation Vienna, catalogue), and he was co-curator of the Busan Biennale 2018 in South Korea. The second album of the band La Stampa, a member of which he is, has been released 2018 by Vinyl Factory, London.