Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:00pm
Session 228: “Living with Ghosts” by Jan Verwoert
For this session, Sabine Hagmann selected the chapter “Living with Ghosts – From Appropriation to Invocation” from the book Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want by Jan Verwoert (Sternberg Press, 2010).
Appropriation, first of all, is a common technique. People appropriate when they make things their own and integrate them into their way of life, by buying or stealing commodities, acquiring knowledge, claiming places as theirs and so on. Artists appropriate when they adopt imagery, concepts and ways of making art other artists have used at other times to adapt these artistic means to their own interests, or when they take objects, images or practices from popular (or foreign) cultures and restage them within the context of their work to either enrich or erode conventional definitions of what an artwork can be.