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n a series of talks curated by IFP and presented at Today Art Museum, two artists - one local and one foreign - will introduce their works to the audience and to each other. The presentations will be followed by a discussion around the topics emerging from their respective works.

Collecting is prevalent concept in the discussions around the contemporary art market, but how does collecting relate to artistic practice? Do artists collect other artists work and how can found objects and artworks be incorporated into new works? Framing, tracing and casting are a few ways of appropriating and integrating other's works into one's own. Such actions usually call for a discourse on the theory and methodology behind the new 'collaboration'.

In this talk two visual artists will present their own work and approach to collecting and appropriating.

Benandsebastian Ben Clement and Sebastian de la Cour have been working together since 2006 as the British/Danish artist duo ‘benandsebastian’. They have exhibited internationally during that time in museums and institutions in New York, Copenhagen, London and Berlin. benandsebastian are interested in how meaning is embedded in spaces and objects in conditions of absence. Their intricate and highly-crafted installations have inbuilt gaps and are often on the verge of collapse. Whether taking the form of architectural fragments, mechanical theaters or living artifacts, their works relate to the idea of a body that is incomplete and vying with its own phantoms. In their recent work they have pursued the potential of absence, gaps, incompletion and anomaly within the context of several museum collections, in a form of materialized institutional critique.

Liu Ding’s work as an artist and curator investigates the various mechanisms and rules of the art system. Constantly challenging the conventional context of artists’ status, art work, workers involving in the production of art work, galleries and museums, collectors, audiences, and so on, Liu Ding’s creation and reflection are often theoretical and involved with critical thinking.

Saturday, Sept 20 3 - 4:30 pm

Today Art Museum

Second floor of Building 2

No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

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