Frieze London 2013: Frieze Talks Announced

For this year’s Frieze London 2013, Frieze Talks will include: Jérôme Bel, Meredith Monk and Stephen Shore as part of the line up of international artists, filmmakers, curators and cultural commentators taking part in Frieze Talks 2013. Frieze Talks is a daily programme of lectures, conversations and panel debates that take place in the auditorium at Frieze London. The talks programme provides a forum to discuss some of the most pertinent issues in contemporary art and culture today. Presented by Frieze Foundation, Frieze Talks is programmed by the editors of frieze magazine, Jennifer Higgie, Jörg Heiser and Christy Lange.

Meredith Monk will take part in the Frieze Talks programme in conjunction with her performance as part of the Frieze Music programme. Monk has been at the forefront of what is now called ‘extended vocal technique’ since the mid-1960s and creates pieces that operate at the point where object, light and sound intersect. Among her many accolades she was recently named 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America and received a 2011 Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts. For Frieze Talks, Monk will reveal her process of weaving together music, image, movement, light and object in order to discover new modes of perception.

In another highlight of the programme, choreographer Jérôme Bel will discuss the evolution of his practice since his groundbreaking performances Nom donné par l’auteur (Name given by the author) in 1994 and the self-titled Jérôme Bel, 1995. In 2012 he took part in Documenta 13 for which he produced a piece with the performers of Theatre HORA, a Zurich-based company consisting of professional actors with learning disabilities. For Frieze Talks 2013, he will appear with Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern.

Stephen Shore will talk to David Campany about the evolution of his photography practice over the past forty years, from his early 1970s exhibitions at Light Gallery in New York, which brought new interest in colour photography and the use of the view camera for documentary work, to more recent exhibitions and his upcoming show at Sprüth Magers, London in November 2013.

More conversations in the programme include: Bruce Altshuler (Director of the Program in Museum Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University) with Vivian Sky Rehberg; and John Akomfrah (Artist, Film Director and Screenwriter, London) in conversation with Kodwo Eshun and Mark Fisher.

Frieze Talks 2013 will also include a number of panel discussions that will consider some of the most current debates in art and theory. Subjects for these panels include: Schools on the Move, which will look at the new face of alternative education; Sexuality, Politics and Protest which will look back at the 20 years since ACT UP, Gran Fury and queer activism and their legacies today; and Migrating Modernisms which will seek to address a history of modernism recrafted with a globalised perspective.

Frieze Talks are open to all ticket holders for Frieze London. Seats are available for reservation from midday on the day of the talk. Podcasts of each talk can be downloaded from the following day.

Frieze London, 17 until 20 October, Regents Park, London.


1. Frieze London, courtesy Frieze London
2. Meredith Monk, courtesy Jesse Frohman