7 Types of Ambivalence is a dinner and conversation with Mike Sperlinger. The evening is the first of Mixed Feelings, presented by anorak at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.
Do feelings mix like drinks? Is Fremdschämen the opposite of Schadenfreude? Do we ever have unmixed feelings about contemporary art? Is ambivalence really the better half of irony? What is the difference, actually, between ambiguity and ambivalence? Should we feel ambivalent about misquoting William Empson for the title of this event? These are some of the questions which we might choose to discuss during a dinner prepared for us with special ambivalence, in which each course will be prefaced by a short presentation on subjects which we possibly care about more than we pretend to.
Mike Sperlinger (b. 1977) is Professor of Writing and Theory at the Oslo Academy of Fine Art. Before that he was co-founder and assistant director of LUX, a London-based agency for artists working with the moving image. He has written for publications including Art Monthly, Afterall, Frieze and Radical Philosophy, and is the editor of several books, including a forthcoming selection of writings by the artist Ian White. He is currently a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Anorak is a non-profit organisation and collective around Lukas Ludwig, Florian Model and Johanna Markert. Our practice is based on collaborative processes which we believe lie at the core of artistic production. Thinking through various formats such as exhibitions, dinners, talks and screenings, we conceive the exhibition space as a territory of sincere and mutual exchange.