Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a major international Biennale or what is involved in realising an ambitious art project?
Acclaimed freelance producer and project manager Alexander Godschalk will present revealing and entertaining accounts of his experiences across international exhibitions and art projects in his lecture 'The Third Leg'.
Godschalk’s stock in trade is his ability to successfully mediate between artists and clients towards the realisation of ambitious projects and events. From 1993 to 2000 he worked closely with Marina Abramovic coordinating projects, from theatre shows to sound and video installations including the production Balkan Baroque which was awarded a prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1997. Yoko Ono, Anthony Gormley, Gelitin and Charles Atlas are amongst the many artists and artist groups whom Godschalk has produced across his career. In 2005 he worked towards the realisation of the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Other major projects have included Sonsbeek – Grandeur, NL (2008), Micol Assael – Fomuska, RU (2009) and MoBA – Fetishism in Fashion, NL (2013).
This lecture draws from Godschalk’s stockpile of observations and experiences gathered from working on large-scale art and cultural activities throughout the world. The reality of handling budgets, timelines and the expectations of the many involved parties is managed alongside perceptions of high-end art world glitz and glamour. The title of this presentation, 'The Third Leg' refers an incident that took place during the Moscow Biennale in 2007, funny and ironic, it intimates that the best-laid plans can sometimes go astray and on occasion this can even be advantageous.