Call+Response at Mudam Luxembourg 25-28.4.

The Museum of comtemporary art (Mudam) Luxembourg is proud to present Call + Response, a series of events hosted by artist Candice Breitz. Creative innovation has always relied, to some extent, on the logic of call-and-response, a phrase that Breitz borrows from musicologists, who use it to describe the interactive quality that is key to musical experience in various oral cultures.

Mudam warmly invites you to share your ideas with a group of artists and thinkers as they explore the logic of call-and-response and reflect on strategies of artistic appropriation and creative recycling during a three-day line-up of performances, panels and discussions.

Possibly of note for Creative Commons friends: founder Lawrence Lessig will keynote on Sunday 27th april. (See below for programme details)


Notable invited guests include Cory Arcangel, Martin Arnold, Pierre Bismuth, Claude Closky, Diedrich Diedrichsen, Iain Forsyth + Jane Pollard, Surasi Kusolwong, Matthieu Laurette, Lawrence Lessig, Gabriel Lester, Bjørn Melhus, Momus, Jonathan Monk, Kaz Oshiro, Guillaume Paris, Paul Pfeiffer and James Webb.


Friday, 25 April 2008 Evening


Forsyth + Pollard

London-based artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively in 1993. An interdisciplinary approach to art, music, mediation and ?liveness¹ has led to their continued engagement with the soundtrack underpinning contemporary life. Their universal yet highly personal strategies play out ideas of memory, performance and the mediated image in a challenging but highly accessible body of work.

Saturday, 26 April 2008 10am-6pm

Mondo Youtube

This day-long session brings together several artists who have explored the participatory potential of mainstream media such as advertising, the Internet, reality television, video games, MySpace and YouTube. Given the increasingly profit-driven nature of most of these formats, is it possible for a challenging culture of call-and-response to exist within these nascent public spheres, or inevitable that all criticism and innovative thought introduced into these new formats will immediately be instrumentalized towards commercial ends? Invited artists will supplement discussions of their own work with examples of mainstream media that have interested them, influenced them, or into which they have actively intervened.


Cory Arcangel, New York

Matthieu Laurette, Paris

Bjørn Melhus, Berlin

Guillaume Paris, Paris

Gabriel Lester, Amsterdam/Brussels

Sunday, 27 April 2008 10am-6pm

After Images

This day-long session brings together several artists who have engaged in explicit call-and-response relationships with other artists or works of art, addressing the crucial exchange and dialogue that motivates artistic practice. Each artist will talk about their own work in relation to those artists or works of art that they respond to or dialogue with in their work.


Surasi Kusolwong, Bangkok

Jonathan Monk, Berlin

Claude Closky, Paris

Kaz Oshiro, Los Angeles

James Webb, Cape Town

Keynote Speaker :

Lawrence Lessig, San Francisco

Professor Lessig’s talk will be held at Philharmonie (3 mins walk from Mudam). Admission is free. Advanced booking is required. Please send an email to to register.

Monday, 28 April 2008 9am-8pm

Art Goes To The Movies

Martin Arnold has written that, ³The cinema of Hollywood is a cinema of exclusion, reduction and denial, a cinema of repression. There is always something behind that which is being represented, which was not represented. And it is exactly that that is most interesting to consider.² This premise can be seen to inform the work of many contemporary artists who work in video today. This day-long session brings together several artists who have responded to and cannibalized mainstream cinema in their work, addressing the complex call-and-response relationship that exists between commercial cinema and contemporary art. Each artist will have the opportunity to talk about their use of found footage and their relationship to the cinematic images that they recycle in their work.


Paul Pfeiffer, New York

Pierre Bismuth, Brussels

Martin Arnold, Vienna

Candice Breitz, Berlin

Keynote Speaker :

Diedrich Diederichsen, Berlin


Momus Live

³Ultraconformist, voyager, timelord, tennis and ping pong champion, tender pervert, poison boyfriend, hippopotamus, philosopher, folk singer, star forever.² Nick Currie, more popularly known under the artist name Momus (after the Greek god of mockery), is a songwriter, blogger and a journalist for Wired. Most of his songs are self-referential or postmodern.

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Please register online before 10th April 2008!

Booking is essential due to limited seating.

Mudam can provide assistance with accommodation, food, local transport and other details for students.

Call+Response will take place in the Mudam auditorium and will be open only to registered participants.

All talks will be held in English. Program subject to modification

Mudam Luxembourg

3 Park Dräi Eechelen

L-1499 Luxembourg

Tel. +352 45 37 85-1

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