The Showroom

Barbara Visser Symposium

Saturday 23 May 2015, 1.30–5.30pm


A symposium around the practice of Dutch artist Barbara Visser to coincide with her project at Kunstraum, London

Over the past 25 years, Visser’s works have interrogated what it is to have artistic agency. Her new film work Manual/2: The Patient Artist revisits four works from the 1990s that address the identity of the artist, raising the question of how an artist deals with their own history.

For this symposium invited writers, curators and artists will approach key themes in Visser’s project, including her focus on the field of psychological aid.

For Manual/2: The Patient Artist, Visser incorporates her own file from the Psychoanalytical Institute as one of the narrative voices in the film, reading the descriptions different therapists have written about her as a form of fiction.

Speakers include: Gareth Bell-Jones (writer and curator), Aifric Campbell (writer) Thomas Cuckle (Director, Kunstraum), Emily LaBarge (writer), Alec Steadman (Curator, Arts Catalyst and Associate Curator, Cemeti Art House) and Barbara Visser (artist)

Organised by Kunstraum, London