Artist Joep van Lieshout speaks on his ongoing series of work, New Tribal Labyrinth, which suggests a new world order, a society inhabited by imaginary tribes. This world will see a return to farming and industry – which are both currently banished from our society – and a re-establishment of our relationship with materials – which has now been lost. Rituals will be re-valued, and will play in important role in society once more. Thus, objects for farming, industry and rituals are the three main bodies of work of this huge ”Gesamtkunstwerk”.
Named in honour of Gerrard O’Carroll – architect, writer, curator and Senior Tutor in the School of Architecture and Design at the Royal College of Art, London, the Gerrard O’Carroll Memorial Lecture seeks to explore alternative dialogues between art, architecture and design – from the subversive and spectacular, to the intimate and experimental – and features visionary practitioners elaborating on the thought and process behind their work.
In collaboration with Adrian O’Carroll and Rosy Head, supported by Adrian & Jennifer O’Carroll.
Joep van Lieshout lives and works in Rotterdam. Since the early eighties he has produced objects in mainly bright coloured polyester, the material that would become his trademark in subsequent years. In 1995 he founded Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), which has attained international recognition for objects that balance on the boundary between art, architecture and design. These works of art are practical, uncomplicated and substantial. Recurring themes in the work of AVL are autarky, power, politics and the more classical themes of life and death.