Nicolas Bourriaud

Torbjørn Rødland
Installation view Enamel Support at the dental clinic of Danielle Heller Fontana

Photo:
Manifesta 11 / Wolfgang Träger

Jon Kessler
Installation view The World Is Cuckoo at Les Ambassadeurs watch shop

Photo:
Manifesta 11 / Wolfgang Träger

Marguerite Humeau
Installation view When Skies are not named yet (I) at ETH Zurich

Photo:
Manifesta 11 / Eduard Meltzer
 

 Marina Abramović, Crystal Cinema

Marina Abramović, Crystal Cinema

Portrait by Marina Faust

One month ago the French Minister of Culture dismissed Nicolas Bourriaud from his post as director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in an astonishing decision that caused a storm in French - and international - media, replete with rumors of high-level intrigue and allegations of nepotism.
Now Bourriaud tells his version of events. What did the renowned curator and theorist's dismissal have to do with Ralph Lauren? How come the students couldn't work in their studios for six days beforehand? And what are his hopes for the future of the institution?

 From left to right: Alexander Scrimgeour, Tom McCarthy, Nicolas Bourriaud

From left to right:
Alexander Scrimgeour, Tom McCarthy, Nicolas Bourriaud
Palazzetto Bru Zanie, Venice 2015
Photos: Marina Faust

U., the (anti-)hero of Tom McCarthy’s new novel Satin Island, is a 21st-century Man Without Qualities. This “corporate anthropologist” has been given the job of writing the “Great Report” – the “First and Last Word on our age”. The ambition is similar to the task faced by artists today, the near impossibility of mapping the contemporary landscape. What forms can resistance take, if it is even still possible? Spike’s editor-at-large Alexander Scrimgeour talks with Tom McCarthy and curator Nicolas Bourriaud.

 The land foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Photo: Liz Linden  

The land foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Photo: Liz Linden

 

He has become famous as a »cooking artist« – a misunderstanding that has almost concealed the real questions raised by his work for the past twenty years. Via email, Raimar Stange spoke with Rirkrit Tiravanija about this subject and the always-surprising way that the artist has read Western culture against the cultural attitudes of his homeland, Thailand.