Workshop3. - 5. November 2015

Ahmet Ögüt Künstler, Berlin/Amsterdam

Collections, Institutions and Art Production in Times of Crisis and Disasters

"As artists, curators, social agents, cultural workers, writers, academics, organizers, we all face contradictions and difficult decisions when it comes to responsibilities towards public while creating the conditions for art production." Ahmet Öğüt gives examples of a number of institutions or biennials around the world that were closed or heavily effected by extraordinary incidents, economic crisis or forces of nature.
In the second part of the workshop Ahmet Öğüt will present the "Strategic Diagram for Non-hierarchical Participatory Radical Democracy" and show a few examples of artworks, non-artworks, other references and projects as well as examples of Lecture-Performances. Students will work together in small groups to re-make the diagram with their own ideas, strategies and references from art, literature, social movements, political theory to be presented by each group of students as a Collaborative Lecture-Performance.
As Ahmet Öğüt is participating in the exhibition "Political Populism" in Kunsthalle Wien (opening 6 Nov 2015) a visit during the installation of the exhibition and the press conference will also be part of the workshop.


Rustenschacherallee 2-4, 1020 Wien
Vortrag3. November 2015

Stolen, Censored, Attacked, Appropriated

Ahmet Öğüt will talk about a selection of his early works up until the present day, some of them are stolen, censored, attacked or appropriated. The work of Ahmet Öğüt is found on the street, on stage, in lecture halls, in the museum or through films. Working across media, the Kurdish artist transforms different histories or common narratives with a lightness of touch, often using humour. Similarly, his involvement in long-term projects and commitment to collaborative working processes, often outside the spheres of art, show an awareness of art’s ability to permeate and affect different institutional, social and political structures.

Ahmet Öğüt (born in 1981 in Diyarbakır, Turkey) is a sociocultural initiator, artist, and lecturer who lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. Working across a variety of media, Öğüt's institutional solo exhibitions include Forward!, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015); Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Apparatuses of Subversion, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg (2014); Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina (2013); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012); SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2011); The MATRIX Program at the UC Berkeley Art Museum (2010); Künstlerhaus Bremen (2009); and Kunsthalle Basel (2008). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the British Art Show 8 (2015-2017); the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); 2nd Kyiv Biennial (2015); 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014); Performa 13, the Fifth Biennial of Visual Art Performance, New York (2013); the 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Trickster Makes This World, Nam June Paik Art Center (2010); the New Museum Triennial, New York (2009); and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008). Öğüt has completed several residency programs, including at the Delfina Foundation and Tate Modern (2012); IASPIS, Sweden (2011); and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2007–2008). He has taught at the Dutch Art Institute, Netherlands (2012); the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Finland (2011–ongoing); and Yildiz Teknik University, Turkey (2004–2006), among others. Öğüt was awarded the Visible Award for the Silent University (2013); the special prize of the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2012); the De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2011, Netherlands; and the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2010). He co-represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale together with Banu Cennetoğlu (2009).


Rustenschacherallee 2-4, 1020 Wien