Negotiate: Exhibitions and Social Space
Wednesday 17 October, 2012
Columbia University, Avery Hall
1172 Amsterdam Avenue, Wood Auditorium
Axel J. Wieder, born in 1971, is an independent curator and writer, currently based in Berlin.
Wieder studied art history and cultural theory at the University of Cologne and the Humboldt University in Berlin, specializing in conceptual art, postmodern theory and architecture. Since 1990 he has taken part in numerous exhibitions in collaboration with Jesko Fezer, including the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005. In 1999, together with Jesko Fezer and Katja Reichard, he founded the “Pro qm” bookstore in Berlin, which is also a venue for experimental events in the field of art and urbanism. For the 3rd Berlin Biennale in 2004 Wieder and Fezer devised a section on urban spatial development in Berlin. Among his many other projects at that time, Wieder co-curated and managed the exhibition “Now and Ten Years Ago” at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. He has also held lecturing posts at various universities and art academies, including the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.
From 2007 to 2010, Wieder was artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. In 2010 he worked as Visiting Curator at Ludlow 38, Goethe-Institut New York. Under his directorship the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart repositioned itself both locally and internationally. Wieder developed an interdisciplinary programme aimed at forging closer links between theoretical formats and exhibition presentations. Exhibitions included monographic shows by Bernadette Corporation, Jay Chung/Q Takeki Maeda, Katya Sander, Oscar Tuazon and Susanne Kriemann. These were augmented by historical positions, above all from the 1960s and 1970s. Large-scale thematic presentations have included the exhibition “Social Diagrams. Planning Reconsidered”, which addressed the links between planning theory – as proposed for example by the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm (Ulm School of Design) – and the practice of artists working today.