Speakers Series : Rebecca Stephany

February 11, 2013 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
CCS Bard, Seminar Room 1

A big rat pillow and a furry bunny box

In this talk Rebecca Stephany will revise selected projects and works in relation to their potential as gifts. Based on Stephany’s adolescent and pre-academic conditioning of making gifts for loved ones as her only creative output, the presentation will reflect on this notion of giving and necessity of cause in regard to her practice as artist-cum-designer. Touching on discrepancies, headaches and little titans, a gift will be made. 

Rebecca Stephany (b. 1980 in Wittlich, Germany) lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Nurtured by a general enthusiasm and tangible skepticism towards medium specificity and artistic expertise, Stephany’s practice takes many forms, appropriating styles, disciplines and qualifications as needed. Her work includes installation, video, performance, sculpture, writing and self-publishing to performative lecturing. The roles Stephany adopts herein are flexible and range from lecturer, publisher, autodidact, manufacturer, feminist, typist, construction worker, researcher, editor, commentator, production manager, collaborator, observer, author, actor, to lover and friend.

In 2010 and 2011, Stephany was research resident at Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. The Museum for Contemporary Art, Leipzig awarded her the Inform.Prize for conceptual design in 2010. Recent exhibitions include: Gibst du mir Steine, Geb ich dir Sand, Performance Project Liste 17, Basel (2012); NO DANCING, Favorite Goods, Los Angeles (2012); Magicgruppe Kulturobjekt, W139, Amsterdam (2011); Inform.Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2010). Rebecca Stephany has taught at the graphic design department of Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam since 2007. Workshops and lectures include: To Have One’s Cake and Eat it, Too, Kunsthuis SYB, The Netherlands (2012); Everything But The Thing, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany (2012); Spektakel – Angewandte Freiheit, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany (2011); Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands (2011).

Making artworks in the form of books and publications has been essential to Stephany’s practice. Since 2006, she has self-published zines and artist books such as: I want to be a feminist artist but I’m not quite there yet. I collected this in the meanwhile. (2012), Punk Is Not Death and other Essential Elements (Light, Object, Observer) (2011), More Abgrund, More Zweifel, Less Pferdepipi (2010), I want to be a political artist but I’m not quite there yet. I wrote this in the meanwhile. (2009), Weightlessness in Tight Leotards (2008), and Archiving Today (2006).

About The Speakers Series:  Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.


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