Exhibiting artists Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann are joined in conversation by writer, editor and curator Filipa Ramos to discuss their exhibition and ongoing project, Army of Love.
Filipa Ramos is a Lisbon-born writer, editor, lecturer and curator living in London. Ramos is Editor-in-Chief of art-agenda (part of E-flux), Lecturer in the Experimental Film MA at Kingston University and in the MRes Art: Moving Image at Central Saint Martins, both in London, and lectures with the Masters Programme of the Institut Kunst, Basel. Ramos is co-curator of Vdrome, a programme of screenings of films by visual artists and filmmakers which she co-founded in 2013. Ramos has previously edited journals and television for Documenta, and her writing has been published in publications including Afterall, art agenda., Cura, Frieze, Mousse, Nero, Spike, South, and The White Review.
Ingo Niermann is a writer and the editor of the speculative book series Solution (Sternberg Press). Niermann co-founded the revolutionary collective Redesigndeutschland, invented a tomb for all people, The Great Pyramid (thegreatpyramid.de), and together with Rem Koolhaas he built a tool for public ballots – Vote – in Gwangju, Korea. Based on his novel Solution 257: Complete Love (2016), Niermann initiated The Army of Love, a project that tests and promotes a just redistribution of sensual love. His work has been featured at Berlin Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, dOCUMENTA(13), La Biennale di Venezia, MACBA, MoMA, mumok, and ZKM. Niermann studied Philosophy and Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin and currently lives in Basel.
Alexa Karolinski is a German filmmaker living and working in Los Angeles. Karolinski’s first major film Oma & Bella won the Grimme Prize in 2014. Since 2013 she has been making videos for the fashion house Eckhaus Latta. These films have been shown at the Museum of Art and Design, MOCA Los Angeles, MoMA PS1, and Galerie Isabella Bortlozzi. In collaboration with Ingo Niermann she has been producing artist moving image works as part of the Army of Love project. These have been presented at Berlin Biennale, Wiesbaden Biennale, MACBA, Centre Georges Pompidou’s Salon Discret, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Castello di Rivoli Museum d’Arte Contemporanea.