Sunday Seminar Compatibility Mode: Reading Seth Price
3 Sep 2017

Teijin Auditorium
3 - 5:45 pm
Museumcard € 3 / Students € 12 / Regular € 20.50


Celebrating the last week of the exhibition Social Synthetic: Seth Price, the Stedelijk Museum will present the seminar Compatibility Mode: Reading Seth Price. The afternoon will feature critic and Light Industry curator Ed Halter, Wattis Institute Director and Chief Curator Anthony Huberman, and professor of modern and contemporary art Katja Kwastek (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). The program is moderated by Karen Archey, the Stedelijk’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media.

The comprehensive retrospective provides an overview of Price’s artistic career encompassing sculpture, installation, 16-mm film, photography, drawing, painting, video, clothing and textiles, web design, music and sound, and poetry. From his professional beginnings as a curator and digitizer at the video art distributor Electronic Arts Intermix to the internationally renowned artist he is today, Price has emerged as a singular voice on our turn-of-the-century transition from an analog to a digital society. As Price told in Dispersion (2002): “With more and more media readily available, the tasks becomes one of packaging, producing, reframing and distributing; a mode of production analogous not to the creation of material goods, but to the production of social contexts, using existing material.” The different conditions in which his work takes shape, and how these modes are brought together, forms the backbone of the lectures and discussion.


3 pm      Word of welcome
3:05       Lecture | Ed Halter
3:50       Q&A | Karen Archey
3:55       Break | video curated by Ed Halter
4:10       Lecture | Anthony Huberman
4:50       Lecture | Katja Kwastek
5:15       Q&A | all speakers and moderator
5:45       End of program

more about the speakers

Ed Halter is a New York-based critic and curator, and the author of the essay “Time Dilation” for the exhibition catalogue Seth Price: Social Synthyetic (2017). He is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn. His writings have been published in Artforum, Frieze, Mousse, and other publications, and he teaches as a critic in residence in the Film & Electronic Arts program at Bard College. He curated screenings and exhibitions at Artists Space, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum in New York, and Tate Modern in London.

Anthony Huberman is the director and chief curator of the Wattis Institute in San Francisco and was the founding director of the Artist's Institute in New York. Currently he is working on a new project with Seth Price for the Wattis Institute. He has published numerous articles in art periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, Afterall, and Mousse. Previously, Huberman worked as chief curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, curator at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, curator at SculptureCenter in New York, and director of education and public programs at MoMA PS1 in New York

Katja Kwastek is professor of modern and contemporary art at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on processual, digital, and post-digital art; media history, theory, and aesthetics; and digital humanities. In 2004 she curated the international exhibition and conference project titled Art and Wireless Communication. She has lectured internationally and published many books and essays, most recently Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art

Karen Archey is a curator of contemporary art and time based media at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Prior to joining the Stedelijk, she worked as an art critic, independent curator, and editor of e-flux conversations in Berlin and New York.