Seminar PENCHANT FOR HANGING by Prof. Thaddäus Hüppi

June 14 – 16, 2017, 10 am – 1 pm 

Many thanks to the artist Thaddäus Hüppi for his seminar “Penchant for Hanging – or: If a tree falls down in the woods and nobody is there to hear it … does it make a sound? or: If a picture is hung in a way that nobody sees it, is it still art?” and discussing the works of our participants.

“The seminar Penchant for Hanging deals with these questions. At first, it seems easy: We have a picture, a nail, a wall… Hit a nail in the wall, hang the picture, and you’re done. With a single picture and an empty wall in a private room, that is a matter of taste. But it’s a different story altogether, when numerous works by an array of artists are to be presented in a group show with a certain strategic interest. What initially appears as a simple manual service, turns out to be a filigree fine tuning in the sense of increasing value in the competition for seeing and being seen, in the process of differentiating and composing diversity.

Penchant for Hanging demonstrates and explains concrete examples of presenting artworks, ranging from the “proper” sorting all the way to the complex systematics of the “Petersburg Hanging,” positionings and orders that in the sense of “family constellations” develop new contexts and independent narratives. From which point onward is an exhibition regarded as a conceptual and thematic Gesamtkunstwerk and no longer as a sequence of artworks? Based on the concrete exhibition installation of u.A.w.g., we will discuss and simultaneously try out the way in which the type of presentation allows artistically differing and heterogeneous positions to upgrade each other by employing certain presentation techniques.” (Thaddäus Hüppi)

More information on the THADDÄUS HÜPPI Website.