In 1980, when Slovak artist Július Koller was asked by the Cologne gallery Poupol to send a proposal for an international group exhibition, he answered with a manifesto, his Universal Questions Olympiad (U.F.O.). Here, he asked five critical questions that are encountered again and again in his work: 1. Art or mystification? 2. Culture or manipulation? 3. Ideas or artefacts? 4. Information or advertising? 5. Participation or boycott?
Koller’s concerns have not lost any of their significance today. On March 25, artists, theoreticians, architects, and friends of the artist will repeat his call to action in the form of short performances related to his own Anti-Happenings, short readings from his texts, or the presentation of one of his artworks. They will take a look at the contemporary crisis of the art system and present their ideas on the repositioning of art in society.
The symposium takes place on the occasion of the mumok exhibition Július Koller One Man Anti Show. This is an open discussion forum, in which both individual contributions and also conversations can take place.
Maria Berrios, Boris Charmatz, Karel Cisar, Hermann Czech, Josef Daberning, Ľubomír Ďurček, Sylvia Eiblmayr, Petra Feriancová, Gerhard Flora, Rainer Fuchs, Lucia Gregorová-Stach, Vit Havranek, Elena Holmberg, Sanja Iveković, Ivan Jurica, Anders Kreuger, Jiří Kovanda, Joanna Mytkowska, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Roman Ondák, Boris Ondreička, Manuel Pelmus, Florian Pumhösl, Goran Sergej Pristas, Tomáš Pospizyl, Johannes Porsch, Sabina Sabolović, Hedwig Saxenhuber, Gabriel Sierra, Ann Stephen, Pavel Sterec, Rikrit Tiravanija, Jan Verwoert, Vier5, Peter Waterhouse