||Tuesday 18 November
Official Welcome, 2001
Andrea Fraser is renowned for her self-proclaimed position as ‘institutional critic’, exposing hidden aspects of museums and galleries. Her past characterisations have led her to replacing a gallery’s staff with paid actors and, most recently, selling her body to a collector. Official Welcome opens the week with a drinks reception and unusually revealing speech by the artist.
Wednesday 19 November
An iconic figure in post-war American sculpture, Morris was central to the inception of Minimalism in the early 1960s, and later to the development of Post-Minimalism and Land Art. He was also instrumental in the Judson Dance Theatre, one of the crucibles for performance art, for which he choreographed several pieces. This rare screening of 21.3 in which Morris re-interprets the lectures of art historian Erwin Panofsky, is followed with a talk by the artist.
Thursday 20 November
Optimum Performance, 2003
Carey Young first came to public attention with Everything You've Heard is Wrong, 1999, a video of the artist delivering a presentation skills workshop at Speaker's Corner in London's Hyde Park. She has continued to explore the relationship between corporate and artistic languages in her work ever since. Optimum Performance features the launch of a new system of incentives designed to motivate and reward 'revolutionary' behaviour.
Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975
Martha Rosler pioneered feminist politicised video, photography, performance and installation in the 1970s. Combining deadpan wit with astute analysis, her influential works and writings have explored contemporary culture from the personal to the political. Originally performed to camera, the now legendary TV cookery lesson Semiotics of the Kitchen will be enacted before a live audience for the first time.
Friday 21 November
Endless Sonic Mania, 2003
A collective of writers, artists and theorists, Inventory trawl through the city to ﬁnd objects or events to incorporate into their publications, exhibitions and public demonstrations. Endless Sonic Mania takes the form of an energetic and belligerent public broadcast combining music with political and philosophic texts.
Saturday 22 November
Notes Towards a Dystopian Dictionary, 2003
Mark Dion dons the coats of scientists, naturalists and ecologists during projects that have unearthed an everyday history of London in the silt: searched for the largest butterﬂy in the Amazon rainforest or discovered the insects living in the cracks between museum walls. His ﬁndings are presented in traditional forms of museum display such the hand-drawn illustrations used in this new lecture.
The Atlas Group
The Loudest Muttering is Over, 2003
The Atlas Group is a foundation, created by the artist Walid Ra’ad, to research and document Lebanon’s contemporary history. The Group’s archive of ﬁlm, photographs and diaries are presented by Ra’ad in scholarly lectures. Bringing humour and poetry to the traumas of conﬂict and displacement, The Loudest Muttering is Over will present some of the many fascinating documents from The Atlas Group’s archives.
Sunday 23 November
Lecture Actions, 1972 – 1980
Arguably the most inﬂuential ﬁgure in post-war Germany, Joseph Beuys promoted a conception of art as integral to everyday life, focusing on meetings and discussions as much as performance, sculpture and installation.
During the 1970s Beuys performed and led a series of ‘lecture actions’, participatory discussions in which the artist demonstrated his ideas by making elaborate diagrams on blackboards. The Whitechapel brings together some of these blackboards and video recordings in a special one-day installation.