Index 19: USING PEOPLE

12 June 2018, 19:00–22:00

Based on the correspondence of Kristian Vistrup Madsen with a Californian prisoner, the book Doing Time is an in turn personal, critical and investigative reflection on the conditions for the political, the politics of solidarity, and the nature of difference. In his lecture, Kristian Vistrup Madsen will discuss his thoughts as they have developed since finishing the book: Can there be such a thing as real reciprocity between the inside and outside of the prison wall? What are the implications of using other people’s lives as raw material for art? He will also draw upon examples from artists and writers such as Diane Arbus, Naeem Mohaiemen and Robert Lowell.

Kristian Vistrup Madsen is a writer based in Berlin. His art criticism has been published in Artforum, Frieze, ArtReview and others. Kristian was born in Copenhagen, and studied at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art, London. His book “Doing Time” was published in a two-part Swedish translation by Glänta. They also commissioned the lecture “Using People”, which was first presented at the House of World Culture in Gothenburg in 2017, and since at galleries in Berlin and Zürich.

Index 19 is a series in Index’ front space. Presenting single works, films, readings and discursive events, Index 19 is a space for dialogue with surrounding communities and visitors.

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