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Our Literal Speed

Thursday, April 30, 2009–Saturday, May 02, 2009

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The Chicago iteration of Our Literal Speed, the first iteration of which took place at ZKM Karlsruhe in 2008, is a conference event about the conference. Our Literal Speed shifts between several registers of meaning, including aesthetics and discourse; politics, history and aesthetics; institutional prerogatives and collective activity; professionalization, the experiential and self-reflexivity. The project is organized primarily as a symposium of lectures, performances and presentations, but in a destabilized system that never gives the audience a sense of positioning. The event is, at its base, procedural without authors, allowing the frisson between presentations to create multiple open meanings that reflect the issues outlined above.

Our Literal Speed: An Exhibition Accompanying a Conference, features works by Academy Records, Gregg Bordowitz, Rainer Ganahl, Sharon Hayes, Jackson Pollock Bar, Hila Peleg, The Project for the New American Century, and The Size Queens. Picasso/Braque 1989, a live theory installation by Jackson Pollock Bar; Fuck It, a lecture by Alexander Dumbadze; and Confession, a live video-assisted lecture-event presented by Art & Language accompanied the reception. Also presented were Collective Actions ’ SLOGAN-1977 AUTHORIZED VARIANT IN ENGLISH FOR AN ENCLOSED SPACE (A TYPE OF TRANSLATION) (2009), Hamza Walker ’s Nothing is Everything (2009), and TJ Clark ’s The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing (2006).

Our Literal Speed is presented as part of Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history, a conference/event produced by the University of Chicago in association with Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Renaissance Society, and the Smart Museum of Art.

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EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

COLLECTIVE ACTIONS’ SLOGAN-1977 AUTHORIZED VARIANT IN ENGLISH FOR AN ENCLOSED SPACE (A TYPE OF TRANSLATION) 2009, 2009
cloth banner produced by The Project For the New American Century in accordance with the instructions of Andrei Monastyrsky
based on the 1977 original

Jackson Pollock Bar and The Project for the New American Century
Picasso/Braque 1989, 2009
installed theory installation, mixed media

Academy Records

Self-Titled, 2009
enamel on canvas, wood

Gregg Bordowitz

The Unlovable Object, 2008–09
wire, plaster cloth, paper plates, styrofoam cups, newspaper

Sharon Hayes

10 Minutes of Collective Activity, 2003
single-channel video installation, 10:00 min.

The Size Queens

Our Literal Speed Soundtrack Recordings, 2009
musical recording and packaging
a free copy of the soundtrack could be acquired at the reception desk

Hila Peleg

A Crime Against Art, 2007
DVD, 100:00 min.
cinematography: Eric Menard/Michael Balagué
based on The Madrid Trial, by Anton Vidokle and Tirdad Zolghadr

TJ CLARK’S THE SIGHT OF DEATH: AN EXPERIMENT IN ART WRITING 2006, 2009
hardcover book and reader
produced in association with Meredith Haggerty

Rainer Ganahl

Seminar/Lecture, Juliet Koss, Total Utopia, Our Literal Speed, ZKM, Karslruhe, 3/1/2008, 2009
four photographs

Seminar/Lecture, Tino Sehgal, David Joselit, A Conversation on the Relationship of “Art and Economy,”
Our Literal Speed,
ZKM, Karslruhe, 3/1/2008, 2009
two photographs

Seminar/Lecture, WJT Mitchell, Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9-11 to Abu Ghraib,
Our Literal Speed, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 3/1/2008, 2009
four photographs

Recordings:

Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
A Live Pedagogical Concept Album
30 April–2 May 2009
Chicago

in association with the University of Chicago, Art Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Renaissance Society, the Smart Museum of Art, and the University of Illinois at Chicago ’s Gallery 400

“The messy, unresolved productiveness – at times brilliance – of ‘Our Literal Speed ’ lay in its complicated challenge to the neutralizing assumptions about a ‘community ’ constituting an artwork peddled by and after relational aesthetics.” ?— Artforum, Summer 2008

events subject to change, please consult www.ourliteralspeed.com

SIDE A

1. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“Opening”
David Joselit, “A Lecture on Reenactment”
30 April 2009, Thursday, 6pm, 157 Cochrane-Woods Art Center, 5540 South Greenwood Avenue, University of Chicago, Free and Open to the Public

2. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“Historicity/Geschichtlichkeit”
featuring Tony Cokes, Andrew Perchuk, Rainer Ganahl, Juliet Koss, Eve Meltzer, and WJT Mitchell
1 May 2009, Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm, 120 Kent Hall, 1020 East 58th Street, On the Main Quadrangle, University of Chicago, Free and Open to the Public

3. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“Formalism/Formalismus”
featuring Gregg Bordowitz, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Hannah B. Higgins, Alison Knowles, and Joel Snyder
1 May 2009, Friday, 1:30pm-4pm, 107 Kent Hall, 1020 East 58th Street, On the Main Quadrangle, University of Chicago, Free and Open to the Public

4. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“Art Chicago”
Janice Misurell-Mitchell presents Bertolt Brecht’s “Everything Changes,” followed by “The Weather Underground in Conversation,” a performance by Tania Bruguera with William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
1 May 2009, Friday, 6pm-7pm, Merchandise Mart Conference Center, Art Chicago, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Open to the Public

5. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“A May Day March from Art Chicago to The Haymarket”
1 May 2009, Friday, 7:15pm, begins at the corner of Franklin and Merchandise Mart Plaza, on the banks of the Chicago River, and continues to the corner of Des Plaines and Randolph, a fifteen-minute walk, Free and Open to the Public

SIDE B

6. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“Exhibition”
featuring “Picasso/Braque 1989,” a theory installation presented by the Jackson Pollock Bar, Alexander Dumbadze ’s “Fuck It” and videos by Rainer Ganahl, Boris Groys, and Sharon Hayes
1 May 2009, Friday, Our Literal Speed Exhibition Opening at 8pm/Performances begin at 8:30pm, Gallery 400, 400 South Peoria Street, University of Illinois at Chicago, Free and Open to the Public

7. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“Performance 1”
featuring Art & Language, Darby English, Christopher P. Heuer, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, and Walid Raad
2 May 2009, Saturday, 10am-12:30pm, Morton Auditorium, The Art Institute
of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Free and Open to the Public

8. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“Performance 2”
featuring a musical prelude by the Size Queens, Thomas Crow, Andrea Fraser,
Boris Groys, Christine Mehring, and WJT Mitchell
2 May 2009, Saturday, 1:30pm-4:30pm, Fullerton Auditorium, The Art Institute
of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Free and Open to the Public

Sharon Hayes may present a non-event nearby.

9. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“Closing”
featuring the South Shore Drill Team on the Main Quadrangle, University of
Chicago, followed by Hal Foster, Theaster Gates, and Anne M. Wagner ’s Closing Keynote Address
2 May 2009, Saturday, 7pm-9pm, the Main Quadrangle, the University of Chicago, East 58th Street, followed by presentations in the Film Studies Center,
307 Cobb Hall, 5811 South Ellis Avenue, University of Chicago, Free and Open to the Public

10. Our Literal Speed: events in the vicinity of art and history
“The inauguration of enhanced consideration of Hamza Walker ’s Nothing Is
Everything
, 2009″
2 May 2009, Saturday, 9pm-11pm, The Renaissance Society, 5811 South Ellis
Avenue, University of Chicago, Free and Open to the Public

Hidden Track

Closing Reception at the Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue, on the campus of the University of Chicago, 9 pm, free and open to the public

The Size Queens

Our Literal Speed Soundtrack Recordings

1. Reading Rosalind Krauss

2. Can a Woman?

3. Skymall

4. Hot Frizz

5. Bang! Bang! Lynda Benglis!

6. Oui

7. Adult Culture

8. Disco Cotton Ball

9. Our Price

10. I Hate Lasik

11. My Lover Is a Body Artist

12. Je M’Appelle Au Bon Pain

13. Sweater

MEDIA COVERAGE

Isé, Claudine. “I Can ’t Go On, I Will Go On. Our Literal Speed at Gallery 400.” badatsports.com, May 27, 2009.

Klein, Adam, and Michael Mullen. “Our Literal Speed: An Exhibition Accompanying a Conference.” artslant.com, June 8, 2009.

Our Literal Speed

OLSSR: our literal speed soundtrack recordings

Songs performed by The Size Queens
Klein/Mullen, 2009
compact-disc recording

This cd can be purchased for $XX.00 plus shipping by calling Gallery 400 at 312-996-6114.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Our Literal Speed is supported by the University of Chicago in association with Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Renaissance Society, and the Smart Museum of Art, as well as the College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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Poster: Our Literal Speed