“Whispers, Ulay on Ulay”. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 09.01.2015

   Official launch of the book Whispers, Ulay on Ulay in collaboration with Valiz

Whispers. Ulay on ULayAuthors: Maria Rus Bojan and Alessandro CassiKeynote lecture by Amelia Jones, followed by a public conversation with the artist Ulay.January 9, 2015, 16 – 17:45 pm 

Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum. Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam Reservations via reservations@stedelijk.nl

The Public Program is delighted to welcome the artist Ulay to the Stedelijk Museum for a series of events around his recent work and practice, including the new performance A Skeleton in the Closet on January 15, a book launch and public interview with performance scholar Amelia Jones on January 9, and a screening of the documentary Project Cancer (2013) on January 10. Perhaps best known for a series of intensely physical collaborations with Marina Abramović between 1976 and 1988, Ulay has spent five decades blazing a trail of unwavering vitality and unquestionable integrity. His independent work in photography as well as performance is among the most innovative and groundbreaking in 20th century and contemporary art. This stedelijk|forum afternoon, which is organized in collaboration with Valiz Publishers, is dedicated to the official launch of the publication Whispers:Ulay on Ulay, which offers a comprehensive overview of his oeuvre so far.

Whispers: Ulay on Ulay reveals an extremely innovative oeuvre that is coherently rooted in Ulay’s personal life philosophy, which is guided by strong ethical principles. The book attempts to uncover the threads that weave the seemingly disparate aspects of his work into a fabric of passionate pursuits, driven by a rigorous inner necessity. “I have produced a very bizarre body of work,” Ulay says of his artistic career. “I have experimented a lot. You have to if you are aiming at something that does not yet exist.” More information about Whispers: Ulay on Ulay.

For the official Amsterdam launch of Whispers: Ulay on Ulay, renowned art historian and performance scholar Amelia Jones will present a keynote lecture on the changing position of performance art. Starting in the 1960s and 1970s as a highly experimental art practice, taking place in small, independent art spaces, performance is now fully integrated in contemporary art practice: younger artists are engaging with performance in a way that is radically different from previous generations, museums are presenting ambitious and large-scale performance programs and even acquire them as “objects” for their collections, and performance is a common element of international art fairs and biennials. Jones will reflect on these developments, takingUlay’s broad and diverse artistic practice as a point of departure. Maria Rus Bojan, curator and co-author of Whispers: Ulay on Ulay with Alessandro Cassin, will then introduce the publication and its research premises. The afternoon concludes with a conversation between Ulay and Amelia Jones, focusing more on his contemporary work. Ulay is also available for a book signing.

For further information please access the Stedelijk Museum website. The book can be purchased here.