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From steirischer herbst to Paranoia TV: one festival reinventing itself | WCSCD 2020/21 Annual Lecture Series


The curatorial program What Could/Should Curating Do 2020 is proud to continue in 2020 with public program through lecture series

The third talk in the 2020 series is titled: 

From steirischer herbst to Paranoia TV: one festival reinventing itself

By Ekaterina Degot and David Riff


Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm Belgrade/ 10:00 pm Melbourne/ 07:00 pm Shanghai/ 6:00 am New York
Venue: zoom link
Meeting ID: 985 237 3109
Live stream/Facebook link


Paranoia TV Zentrale by Nicolas Pleasure Galani

Ekaterina Degot and David Riff speak about their curatorial experiences and challenges at steirischer herbst, a yearly festival of contemporary arts which emerged in 1968. Founded in the middle of the Cold War, based in a region right on the border with the communist East, in a country with unresolved issues about Nazi past and pertinent right-wing circles in the present, steirischer herbst bears significant similarities with documenta, sharing with it a predilection for lowcase spelling. But as an interdisciplinary festival without its own exhibition spaces, its focus has often been on performances and interventions in public space, with a strong political touch. Last edition, under current pandemic restrictions, reinvented steirischer herbst as a fictitious media conglomerate under the name Paranoia TV, whose program runs online till the end of the 2020.


Photo: Marija Kanižaj

About Speaker

Ekaterina Degot (1958, Moscow) is an art historian, researcher, and curator focusing on aesthetic and sociopolitical issues in Russia and Eastern Europe from the 19th century to the post-Soviet era. She began her five-year tenure as Director and Chief Curator of steirischer herbst in 2018. From 2014 to 2017 Degot was Artistic Director of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. Among other shows, she curated the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial in Yekaterinburg (2010, with Cosmin Costinas and David Riff) and headed the first Bergen Assembly with Riff (2013). Degot lives in Graz.

David Riff (1975, London) is a writer, translator, artist, curator, and former member of the art group Chto Delat. He has been a curator at steirischer herbst since 2018. Among other shows, Riff cocurated the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial in Yekaterinburg (2010, with Cosmin Costinas and Ekaterina Degot) and headed the first Bergen Assembly together with Degot (2013). Over the last decade, Riff has been translating and researching the work of the Soviet aesthetic philosopher Mikhail Lifshitz, about whom he made a large-scale exhibition at Moscow’s Garage in 2018. Riff lives in Berlin.


WHAT COULD/SHOULD CURATING DO? (WCSCD)  was initiated and funded in 2018 in Belgrade as an educational platform around notions of curatorial. From 2020 WCSCD started to initiate its own curatorial inquiries and projects that should unpack above -mentioned complexities keeping educational component as a core to the WCSCD.
The WCSCD curatorial program and series of public lectures have been initiated and organized by Biljana Ciric.
WCSCD 2020/2021 public program series has been done in collaboration with Division of Arts and Humanities, Duke Kunshan University and they co-stream all public lectures. 
Strategic media collaboration is done with Seecult and they will co-host all public lecture series. 

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