Sandro Droschl and Christian Egger developed an exhibition format named "Chat Jet." It was split into three parts on dealing with urgent matters and questions concerning the state of painting: “Chat Jet 1 – Painting ‹Beyond› The Medium” (2013) and a second part named “Chat Jet 2 – Sculpture in Reflection” (2014), putting recent tendencies and theories addressing sculpture into focus. Completing the series is now the symposium "Chat Jet 3 – with(out), through, despite et al.," reconsidering the theoretical and artistic developments within the mentioned and explored media. Questions that proved essential back then, remained relevant in the curatorial approach: What are the media, structures, and surfaces employed in painting nowadays, and have we reached a point where the image is fractured into fragments? Might painting’s and sculpture´s reflexive game with its own remnants generally refer to the breakdown of separation in the field of visual culture, and what are the conditions for viewing? The concluding question influencing both exhibitions was: Why pursue painting or sculpture and how, in today’s digital age?
Sandro Droschl (director of Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)), Christian Egger (artist, curator at Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz), Vienna / Graz), Hans-Jürgen Hafner (director of Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf), Robert Müller (artist, critic Berlin / Vienna), Katherina Olschbaur (artist Vienna / Florence).
3pm: Welcome, director and curator, Sandro Droschl (Graz)
3:30pm: Lecture, "Walking Through Digital Spit In A Pool Painted Purple,“ Christian Egger, artist, curator (Vienna / Graz)
4pm: Lecture, Robert Müller, artist, author (Berlin / Vienna)
4:30pm: Lecture, "Über Grenzen,“ Katherina Olschbaur, artist (Vienna / Florence)
5pm: Guided tour through the exhibition "Jörg Schlick“
5:30pm: Lecture, "Pffff,“ Hans-Jürgen Hafner, director Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen (Düsseldorf)
6pm: Concluding panel and audience discussion
The Neverending Painting Symposium in Zagreb is conceived as a sort of a platform for exchange of experiences of international scholars, critics and art historians from Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Hungary, focused on the research of current tendencies of the painting practice. The aim of the symposium is to determine the tendencies in recent painting production with special emphasis on the countries of the Middle-European region, in relation to their historical, theoretical and cultural connection, and to open discussion on the stage of current critical discourse of painting medium today. We hope that the symposium will contribute to the vast theoretical research by means of determining the current position of the painting medium, as well as act as stimuli for new knowledge, and new, similar projects (panel discussions, publications, exhibition projects). Presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings on English and Croatian.
As part of the symposium, two guided tours has been organized, one on the permanent display of Museum of Contemporary Art Collection in Motion and other on Zlatan Vehabović’s exhibition Foundations in Ground as well as talk with artist. In addition, an one-day panel discussion at Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, (KM– Graz) has been organized as a satellite program of the symposium.
Petja Grafenauer (Ljubljana), Nadja Gnamuš (Ljubljana), Sandra Križić Roban (Zagreb), Zdenko Rus, Krešimir Purgar (Zagreb), Ivana Janković (Zagreb), Áron Fenyvesi (Budimpešta), Gábor Rieder (Budapest), Dávid Fehér (Budapest), Sandro Droschl (Graz), Christian Egger (Graz), Hans Jürgen Hafner (Düsseldorf), Oliver Kossack (Leipzig)
Ivana Janković, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
Petja Grafenauer, leading curator Galerija Vodnikove domačije Šiška, Ljubljana