CONF: Art and Branding in Hypercapitalism (Bern, 1 Dec 18)

PROGR – Center for Cultural Production, Room 369, Waisenhausplatz 30, 3011 Bern, December 1, 2018

The symposium aims at investigating the factors that lead to the affirmative behavior of contemporary artistic production towards the functioning of brands. Taking the concept of “aesthetic economy” by German philosopher Gernot Böhme as a starting point, we would like to open a discussion among experts on how the aestheticization and commercialization of all realms of daily life affect contemporary art.

14:00 Visit of the exhibition New Nordic Luxury by SANKE

15:00 Welcome and introduction
M.A. Ismene Wyss, University of Bern
Moderation by Marta Kwiatkowski, Reflector gallery


15:15 How to Build a Luxury Brand
Michelle Nicol, Co-founder and Curator & Rudolf
Schuermann, Co-founder and Strategist, Neutral Zurich
15:45 The Four Secrets to Building Your Billion Dollar Brand
M.A. Andreas Ervik, University of Oslo
16:15 Discussion

16:45 Coffee break


17:15 Post Digital Display. Visual Merchandising as Artistic
M.A. Stefanie Marlene Wenger, University of Bern
17:45 What You Desire Is Not What You Want
Prof. Dr. Marcus Steinweg,
State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe
18:15 Discussion

18:45 Final remarks and apéro at Reflector gallery

Free Entry, The event will be held in English