Jan Verwoert, Professor of art and theory at KHIO, have been invited to give a lecture in the context of the exhibition Sensitive Observer, that is currently on show in Gallery KiT, on the topic of his essay Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because it’s a good idea.
There will also be a catalogue release – Sensitiv observatør// In collaboration with artist and writer Karoline Sætre the catalogue is produced as a representation of the exhibition Sensitiv Observatør, with both minor texts by Sætre and documentation of the artworks.
Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory. He is a contributing editor of frieze magazine and his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. He is the author of «Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous» (MIT Press/Afterall Books, 2006), the essay collection «Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want» (Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute, 2010), «Animal Spirits—Fables in the Parlance of Our Time» together with Michael Stevenson, (Christoph Keller Editions, JRP, Zurich, 2013) and a second collection of his essays «Cookie!» published by Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute (2014). He teaches at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, and the de Appel curatorial programme, Amsterdam.
His work is focussed around the desire to develop concepts that redescribe the role of emotion, motion, action, intuition and sentience in the practice of art and thinking. His criticism is directed against a new system of control in which the pressure to perform (imposed by ourselves on ourselves, at all times) goes hand in hand with the demand to produce events, deliver results, represent identities and surrender to evaluation. In the attempt to formulate alternatives to a critique of representation which remains on the level of representation, his current research is focussed on those areas in art, thinking, interpersonal and social relations where what is visible and represented borders and touches on the invisible, thought, felt, second-guessed, passed on from one to the other, unseen but heartfelt, vivid yet unverifiable.