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