The importance of style: contemporary practices and strategies in relation to art. International symposium in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school.
In today’s world, perfection and importance of style is pretty much accented, particularly when it comes to professional careers in relation to art. Styling is still a young discipline, most readily visible in the fashion industry and elsewhere. Stylists only began to be thought of as authors in the context of fashion magazines in the late 1980s. We see this profession as comparable and close to certain roles on the contemporary art scene; stylists use strategies akin to the practices of many curators and artists. While “critical” is commonly used in the art world, it can seem absurd when applied to “styling”. Styling reproduces the actual context of the aesthetic transformation of images: in a way, it creates a speculative panorama for their perception and interpretation. We also view styling as the art of post-production: in contemporary setting, when meaning is thoroughly changed by imaging tools that affect the way we relate to and co-create the world around us, production becomes post-production.
For our two-day symposium we've invited a group of diverse professionals who deal with these situations on a daily basis. Through in-depth presentation of their distinctive practices, we will try to grasp the specific contexts in which they work. The symposium includes a community theme-based dinner with all our participants.
Daniela & Linda Dostálková
Introduction by Daniela & Linda Dostálková
11.30 am–12.30 pm
Hans-Christian Dany (DE)
publicist and writer, author of MA-1. Fashion and Uniform
Michał Woliński, Piktogram (PL)
gallerist, founder of Not Fair, co-founder of Warsaw Gallery Weekend
Radna Rumping, Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee (NL)
curator, editor, and writer
Oliver Knight & Rory McGrath, OK-RM, InOtherWords (GB)
graphic designers and publishers, collaborated, among others, with Virgil Abloh, JW Anderson, 1017-ALYX-9SM, and Vivienne Westwood
Collective dinner for all participants with registration
11 am–12 pm
Magda Wunsche & Aga Samsel (PL)
photographers, work exclusively for VOGUE Poland
Pavel Ivančic (CZ)
fashion designer, head of the Fashion Design Studio at AAAD
Screening at PLATO cinema
OK-RM (London). Founded in 2008 by Oliver Knight & Rory McGrath, the studio is a collaborative design studio engaged in ongoing partnerships with artists, curators, editors, architects, designers and institutions. In 2015, Oliver and Rory founded InOtherWords, a publishing imprint creating books as collectable objects in close collaboration with artists, writers, institutions and other cultural protagonists.
Hans-Christian Dany (Hamburg) is an artist, publicist, and curator, and has worked as an editor at Zeitschriften Spuren, Die Beute, Springerin and Star Ship. Since 1989 his works have been published in variety of magazines as Zeit, Frieze, Spike art magazine, etc. Author of MA-1. Mode und Uniform (2018), Nautilus, and others.
Radna Rumping (Amsterdam) is an independent curator, editor, writer and radio host based in Amsterdam. Her work is embedded in music culture, (contemporary) art, communality and a critical view towards present-day communication. She has an independent studio practice and make radio shows at Red Light Radio and Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, online radio dedicated to the arts.
Magda Wunsche & Aga Samsel
Magda Wunsche and Aga Samsel (PL) are a creative duo. Derived from the world of fine art, dance, film and fashion magazines, together they combine their expressive visual language and out-of-the-box abstract thinking in portraits, fashion editorials, art pieces, films and advertising campaigns for various designers and well known brands.
Michał Woliński (PL) is a gallerist and curator. He created the “Piktogram” platform, which started as an international art magazine with Woliński as its editor-in-chief, before becoming a project space and, since 2013 a gallery in Warsaw. Woliński is also the founder of Not Fair, a show of European galleries and projects, and co-founder of the Warsaw Gallery Weekend.
Pavel Ivančic (Prague) is a fashion designer, head of the Fashion Design studio at AAAD in Prague, and a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London. His brand is Pavel Ivančic Prague.
Critical Styling is a part of the re:bauhaus festival organised on the occasion of the Bauhaus school’s 100th anniversary.
re:bauhaus – modern emancipation, education, exchange – is a transnational festival exploring the origins of Functionalism and Bauhaus in Central Europe, the political and societal conditions that gave rise to the movements, and how these are perceived today. The festival is a joint initiative of Goethe-Institut in cooperation with bauhaus reuse, curatorial collaborative, National Gallery in Prague, PLATO Ostrava and zukunftsgeraeusche. Supporters include the Czech-German Future Fund, German Federal Agency for Civic Education, Federal Foundation of Baukultur, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the city of Ostrava and Moravian-Silesian Region.