Philosophicum “Close(d) Futures” (July 22nd, 2022, Plattform Grünspan)

I’m part of a roundtable on speculations about the future, moderated by journalist and cultural worker Tina Perisutti. The guests are Elisabeth von Samsonow, Nora Jacobs and Stefan Tiefengraber — and yours truly <3

The event happens on Friday, July 22nd at 7pm, at Grünspan – Platform für Kunst und Kultur im Drautal. Drop by!

 

PS: You can watch the video through this link — the video owner disabled playback on external websites, so there’s no way to  embed it here: https://youtu.be/b82D7-X2PJQ

Challenges of Creating a Portrait (Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität, Linz; June 2nd, 2022)

I was asked to hold a lecture about the “Challenges of Creating a Portrait” within the elective week organized by Darrel Toulon. Darrel founded and conceptualized “docu-dance-theatre — a model for participatory performance art, trauma transformation and societal change“. It’s a platform to engage with childhood rape victims.

Darrel Toulon: “I realized that although there are a lot of books, films, features and other publications directly focused on the women who suffered, there was almost nothing concerning the children born to these women, and who survived infancy. The literature which I found was coloured predominantly by feminism, and humanitarianism concerns for the violated women – the existence of babies conceived through rape given little or no attention – violating in turn their rights as human beings

The workshop week at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz included international speakers like Ajna Jusić (Bosnia), Amra Delić (Bosnia), Mercy Nabiyre (Uganda/UK) and others.

I participated with a lecture about the dynamics involved in creating the film portrait of Linda Sharrock and Mario Rechtern (2019); how to connect to strangers, trust your intuition, and how to navigate the challenges of inherent portrait transgressions. The lecture happened on June 2nd, 2022

Kunst und Schnittlauch (May 27th, 2022)

Kunst und Schnittlauch” is a weekly happening at Kunsthandel Giese und Schweiger (Vienna). Apart from bread with chive, you get various cocktails plus a live conversation about the week’s art happenings — usually between Alexander Giese and Christof Habres.

Now on May 27th, I’ll take Christof’s seat, and talk with Alexander about NFTs, his upcoming public conversation with Johann König at the ORF Radiokulturhaus, etc.

Join us between 3-8pm — it’s free, with food and drinks! Our conversation happens at 4pm, and is streamed via Instagram live here.

Hybrid Formats: Symposion & Exhibition at Art Space Stift Millstatt (April 1-3, 2022)

I was asked to participate and co-moderate Andrea K. Schlehwein‘s “Hybrid Formats”, the 9th edition of “POSITIONEN 022 | Discourse + Dialogue in Contemporary Dance”, happening at Art Space Stift Millstatt (Austria) on April 1-3, 2022.

The event is in itself a hybrid form, combining lectures, dialog platforms and a group exhibition — which also includes my work.

For the symposion..

  • I will give a 20min introductory lecture about (“Speculations About Hybridity“) on April 1st (5:40pm), and
  • a one hour lecture (“Depicting Others: About Inherent Transgressions and Dynamics of Agency and Appropriation) on April 2nd (4:30pm).
  • I’ll also moderate several of the conversations happening on that weekend.

Join us there for deep dialogs and good company!

Monrovia, 2017 | oil on handmade pixelation on canvas
140 × 148 cm
Kabul, 2017 | oil on handmade pixelation on canvas
140 × 180 cm

Unexpected Learnings and Potential Wisdoms: Game Cultures, Art and Knowledge Exchange (Lecture)

I was asked to give a lecture on specific correlations between art and videogames, at Margarete Jahrmann‘s “Ludic Soirée”, which is part of the “Experimental Game Cultures” MA study she leads.

This is a public event which you can attend free of charge, happening at Die Angewandte/Wien on March 2nd, 2022 (7pm) at Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 7.

From the description:

Game Cultures use various structures that can be precious within the fields of art and sciences: transparency, knowledge exchange, mental health discussions, collaborative digital work environments, a positive attitude towards networking and more.

The artist and veteran game designer Christian Bazant-Hegemark offers a comparative analysis about potential lessons from the gaming field, where he worked as programmer on various AAA titles (GTA3, Vice City, Max Payne, Manhunt etc). But then his focus shifted to the real AAA of Agency and All fine Arts.

Bazant-Hegemark studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, did a PhD on “Painting and Digital Technologies”, works in drawing, painting and code. Community Building projects with the aim to make art world dynamics transparent and curatorial practice in over thirty exhibitions, the transmedial art space mo.ë., etc., will form the backdrop of this discourse, led by the head of Experimental Game Cultures, Margarete Jahrmann.

Contemporary Art Strategies – Speculations About The Artist’s Life (Lecture)

I was asked to hold a lecture at Die Angewandte, in the class of Jan Svenungsson.
From the teaser:

Before his fine art studies, Christian Bazant-Hegemark used to program video games for several years. Having experience in two industries enables him to offer comparative speculations: how could knowledge transfer benefit artists?

A conversation about the limits of art school education, about everyday realities of being an artist, and about the unique potential of continuously refining an individualized way of living.

Zeichnen ist politisch (Workshop Series)

Veronika Dirnhofer, Elke Krasny and Ruby Sircar conceptualized and organized a workshop series about the topic of “drawing is political”.  within this series, I’ll host a workshop on November 20th, 2021 (11am-1pm) at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.

I devised over twenty individual, pair and group exercices to challenge specific topics inherent to representational art:

  • how to rethink surface appearance,
  • how to rethink craft and mastery,
  • how to rethink retinal visuality,
  • how to rehink transgression through representation
  • etc.

Details at the Academy’s website are here.

My lecture at the Viennese Psychoanalytic Society/Wiener Psychoanalytische Vereinigung

I was invited by Jeanne Wolff-Bernstein to hold a lecture about art and identity; the lecture will happen at the Viennese Psychoanalytic Society (“Wiener Psychoanalytische Vereinigung”), the world*s oldest psychoanalytic society — the one founded by Sigmund Freund, with prominent members being Alfred Adler, Wilhelm Reich, Carl Jung etc.

I’ll talk about depicting individuals that “arent’t us”: about the transgressions this inherently includes, about trying to paint what we cannot understand. About the self-portrait aspect that’s part of painting anyone else.

The lecture happens on September 22nd 2021, 8:15pm at Wiener Psychoanalytische Vereinigung, Salzgries 16/3 (1010 Wien). Here’s the link to the event.

 

“Community and Isolation in Contemporary Art”: Artist Talk with Tanja Prušnik and Günther Oberhollenzer

I was invited to be an artist-in-residence at the unique MillStArt exhibition and residency program. Part of this is a public artist talk, which happens on September 10th (Friday) at 8pm. The talk is led Tanja Prušnik, and features curator Günther Oberhollenzer and me, focussing on “Community and Isolation in Contemporary Art”. Drop by!

Kultursommer Wien: two free drawing workshops, for everyone!

This summer I host two free, open-space drawing workshops, sponsored by “Kultursommer Wien /Alsergrund“.

After the first of these events already happened, I want to show you this photo which makes me super happy.

  • On the top you see a basic line tracing of a person;
  • then below, the feet, shows the same person tracing in a different way, with the two drawings having been made only an hour apart of each other.

What a difference! Wow.

My advice is usually the same, and very basic:

  • to trace more consciously,
  • to disregard “seeing objects” in favor of “naming contour/line qualities”,
  • to draw larger (most often the opposite isn’t required)
  • to be more conscious about pencil width vs the drawing’s size

In a 90 minute/2h course where you get to see attendees only once, my main goal is to bring across the joy and meditative benefits/potentials of drawing. The process, not the result.

If you want to join in: this happens on more on July 7th (4pm) at Arne-Karlsson-Park in Vienna!
You don’t need to register, and it’s free!

Free Art Coaching for Marginalized People

I started thinking about how to use my privilege to support and empower minorities. Part of my answer is to start offering free art coaching to strengthen such individuals. This can be portfolio reviews, in-depth work discussions or a general coaching about art world dynamics (networking, pricing, finding representation, creating an archive, etc): it depends on your needs.
 
WHAT: This is about supporting underrepresented artists. To help you establish the strongest voice you could possible have. If you consider yourself to be in a structurally disadvantaged situation, this might be for you. I can offer a wide set of strategies and tools to contextualize and deepen your work.
 
WHERE: The coaching can happen in person (in my Vienna studio) or online (Skype, Zoom, etc), and will adhere to safe space principles. Possible languages are German or English. I will set aside two 45min slots per week. This is meant to work internationally.
 
ABOUT ME: I’ve been self-employed as an artist for five years and am represented by two galleries. I studied Fine Arts at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts, did my PhD there, curated over 30 shows, co-managed an artist-run space for four years, helped set up a start-up gallery, wrote extensively about emerging painters and currently teach contemporary art history.
 
If you think this can benefit you: reach out. If you know someone else this might help: tell them. (original link)

Update: I did over twenty individual and group coachings with artists and curators from Canada, India, the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Russia, USA, Austria and beyond.

This initiative eventually resulted in me conceptualizing a low-budget 6-week course on art world dynamics ($100 for the entire course, called “Living the Art Life“). Here’s a video of me advertising that course.

“Finding Words”: 6-week workshop about thinking and writing about art

I’m currently hosting a six-week workshop at Veronika Dirnhofer‘s class for drawing, at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. The course aims to support artists in increasing their (art) thinking and writing skills, by discussing various forms of art writings, the general power of words and meanings as tools of consequence.

The course includes various theoretical aspects, plus loads of practical exercices aimed to empower students.

Presentation “Art and Me”, Pelham High School (2019)

In 2019 I was asked by Alexandra Rutsch Brock to give a presentation about my path into the arts, for her students at Pelham High School/NY. I talked about how I started drawing at age 24, got into the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna two years later, wrote a PhD thesis that got me into curating, led an artist-run space, managed a startup gallery, and left curating to found the On Doubt YouTube channel.

What a ride.

Photos (c) Alexandra Rutsch Brock