Why Words Now: Open talk with artist John Miller

Kunstakademiets Billedhuggerskole og Art Hub Copenhagen inviterer til åben talk med den amerikanske kunstner John Miller.

For a discipline named after its engagement with the visual, there is an awful lot of words in the world of visual arts. In partnership with Art Hub Copenhagen, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Sculpture, invites international artists, critics, curators and art historians to discuss the role of language in visual art through their individual practices. Why Words Now is curated by artist and academy professor Simon Dybbroe Møller, and independent curator and PhD student at Aarhus University Helga Just Christoffersen.

John Miller's practice deploys painting, sculpture, photography, video, music, critical writing and other forms to address how ideology is performed and maintained in the cultural sphere. Key to his investigation is the critical analysis of the psycho- logical, economic, and political dimensions of commodity fetishism, connecting latent urges, standardised desires, and mass-produced fantasies to objects, images, and social dynamics. In doing so, he humorously confronts systems of labour, value, and artificiality, and exposes capitalism’s profound influence on our private and public behavioural patterns.

Miller has been the subject of major solo retrospective exhibitions at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Kunsthalle Zürich; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva; Magasin Centre National d’art contemporain, Grenoble, France; and Kunstverein Hamburg. His work was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 Gwangju Biennale and he has participated in group exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; MoMA PS1, New York, among others. His writing and criticism have appeared in Artforum, e-flux, and Texte Zur Kunst.

John Miller was born in Cleveland, Ohio (1954) and lives and works in New York.

Why Words Now: John Miller
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' Sculpture School
Tuesday 16, November, 18:00
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