Autumn 2019

28-29-30 October 2019

Universität / Haute École
Lucie Stahl
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For a few years now I have been working on an ongoing series of pieces which I call posters that are generated by arranging various objects on a flatbed scanner and are a way to comment on political, social or personal events which are unfolding around me - often comically, always serious. The displayed things - various objects or substances like fluids, dust, body parts, auto parts, rubber bands, plastic foil, powder, magazine ads - are placed on the scanner whose sensors capture and process everything that is touching the glass surface in an equal manner.

The objects, derived from the everyday surrounding of my house, my studio, or collected off the streets as well as consumer products bought from the shopping mall, are fetishistically loaded. Similar objects and subjects - hammers and nails or plastic and unrefined oil - and their literal and metaphoric uses and causal relationships, violent or constructive, are unpacked and commented upon within the framework and convention of a poster.

I would like to discuss with you the ways in which we read posters in their different contexts, how methaphors function as a representation of ideas, how far we can abstract those symbols without loosing their implied meaning to us, how important that meaning is to us.

For the workshop I am asking you to bring materials that are currently vital for your work – no matter which media you are working in, which subject matter you touch. Materials that incorporate your current thoughts and work mode, and which you can imagine to compress into a single image that will become a poster. The materials should be as various and individual as possible – images, texts, sculptures, snippets, found objects – bring what is important to you.

I would like to discuss with you and challenge the idea of what a poster is and can be – the posters can be painted, assemblaged, collaged, printed, depending on your personal preference. The idea of a poster is to be understood as a means to communicate ideas. There will be a presentation of the works.


Lucie Stahl was born in 1977 in Berlin where she currently lives and works. She studied at UdK Berlin, Glasgow School of Art and Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main. Recent solo shows include presentations at Queer Thoughts, New York USA (2019), Freedman Fitzpatrick, Paris F (2019), Cabinet, London GB (2018), Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna A (2018), Fri Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg CH (2018), dépendance, Brussels B (2017), Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg D (2016), Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas USA (2016). She has recently exhibited in group exhibitions at Musée de l’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris F (2019); MRAC Occitanie Pyrénées, Serignan F (2018), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel CH (2017); 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin D (2016); La vie moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon F (2015); Mirror Effect, The Box, Los Angeles USA (2015); DOOM: Surface Controle, Le Magasin, Grenoble F (2014); and Puddle, Pothole, Portal at Sculpture Center, New York USA (2014).

The number of participants is limited up to 15 students.