in conversation with
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 7pm
Hosted by savvy contemporary Berlin.
For this first event, artist Liliane Lijn will be in conversation with artist and professor Humberto Vélez.
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About the speakers
Liliane Lijn is a pioneer in connecting art, science and technology. She was born in new York in 1939, but has lived in London since 1966. Liliane Lijn works across media – kinetic sculpture, film, text, performance and collage – to explore language, mythology and the relationship between light and matter. In 2005, Lijn was ACE NASA, Leonardo Network artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC, Berkeley. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Lijn’s work has been collected by the Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Council, the British Museum, the Tate Collection, and the V&A Museum. Recent exhibitions include Koans and Poems, The Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf (2017), Beat Generation, Centre Pompidou (2016), City Sculpture Projects 1972, Henry Moore Institute (2016), a solo show at RCM Galerie, Paris (2015), Images Moving Out Onto Space, Tate St Ives (2015), Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MOMA, New York (2012).
Lijn is particularly known for her timeless, cone-shaped Koan series. In conversation with Fluxus artist and writer, Charles Dreyfus, Lijn stated that she primarily chose to ‘see the world in terms of light and energy’. Lijn describes her work as ‘A constant dialogue between opposites, my sculptures use light and motion to transform themselves from solid to void, opaque to transparent, formal to organic.’
Humberto Vélez, born in Panama in 1965 works and lives between Manchester (UK) and Panama. He has a Law and Political Sciences degree from the University of Panama. As an artist, art professor, independent filmmaker, and art producer, Vélez uses performance, film, installation, or photography as media for his creative processes. His interest lays is to explore the Aesthetics of Collaboration by working in collaboration with different people and communities in different countries and cultures. In 2011 he co-founded VISITING MINDS, an international forum based in Panama, devoted to art and education. Vélez has had solo performance shows at TATE Modern in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), a,.o., and participated in international art events, such as the Venice (2013 and 2015), Havana (2004, 2012 and 2015), Shanghai, Montevideo (2012 and 2014), Ireland and Liverpool Biennials, among others, and in many group shows. He created the farewell art event for Cornerhouse, Manchester, in 2015.
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