“The world rearranges itself around you” Panel discussion with Timotheus Vermeulen, Noemi Smolik, Nav Haq and Diango Hernández NADA Lounge - Art Cologne - Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30pm

Moderated by: Timotheus Vermeulen, Cultural Theorist (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Panelists: Noemi Smolik, Art Critic, Smolik (Artforum, Frieze, FAZ)
Nav Haq, Curator (MUHKA), Diango Hernandez, Artist


In his novel 10:04 Ben Lerner construes scenarios in which suddenly, unexpectedly, “the world rearranges itself around you”. The illness of a close friend, a chance meeting, a picture in a newspaper; from one moment to the next, the world’s elements are reshuffled, closing some ways, whilst opening up different paths. Though we may not always be aware of it, and indeed often forget it, reality is always already infused with the possible. In this talk, the panelists discuss the possibility, or perhaps the necessity, of art to rearrange the world around us. How can art shift our perspective – beyond cultural deconstruction, beyond capitalist realism, beyond the political economy of the present? Where can the alternative be found – at an Art Fair? A museum? The art academy? What are the politics of the possible?

NADA is pleased to announce the programming schedule for the NADA Lounge, located in the COLLABORATIONS section of Art Cologne, April 16–19, 2015.

Inspired by international flying clubs, the NADA Lounge will be a home away from home for weary travelers, hosting discussions led by curator Marc Leblanc and cultural theorist Timotheus Vermuelen, karaoke performances organized by internet privacy activists Allegra Searle-LeBel, Jacob Apelbaum, Jérémie Zimmermann and Melissa Logan, and more. See below for the complete schedule.

COLLABORATIONS, newly established in 2014 and jointly organized by Art Cologne and NADA, aims to highlight artistic parallels across programs, generations, and national borders with a series of presentations that share collaboration as a starting point. This year’s edition of COLLABORATIONS features 32 exhibitors presenting collaborative projects in 22 booths.