On Thursday 30th January 2020 from 6pm – 8pm, The Worm (11 Castle Street, Aberdeen) will host a talk by Charles Esche, Director of Van Abbemuseum. All welcome.

The talk titled ‘The Demodern Possibility’ will be followed by Art, Food and Brexit (Potato), the second instalment of a food series by artist Merlyn Riggs.

The thinking and analysis of ‘decoloniality’ have been slowly rewriting global histories and cultural entanglements in recent years. Though developed in South America, decolonial thinking is also having an impact on European self-understanding. However, such ideas can still feel quite distant. The demodern is a response to this situation from within Europe, understanding it particularly as device to write new narratives of modern and contemporary art. that might be helpful to illuminate current conditions. The talk will therefore look at the artistic and museological possibilities of these ideas through the lens of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. We might also touch on how the decolonial and the demodern might be useful in Scottish culture after the British turn away from Europe in the discussion afterwards.

Charles Esche is director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; professor of contemporary art and curating at Central Saint Martins, London and co-director of Afterall Journal and Books. He teaches on the Exhibition Studies MRes course at CSM, and at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht.

Outwith the museum, he (co) curated Le Musée Égaré, Kunsthall Oslo 2017 and Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse 2016; Jakarta Biennale 2015; 31st Sao Paulo Bienal, 2014, U3 Triennale, Ljubljana, 2011; RIWAQ Biennale, Palestine, 2007 and 2009; Istanbul Biennale, 2005; Gwangju Biennale, 2002 amongst other international exhibitions. He is chair of CASCO, Utrecht. He received the 2012 Princess Margriet Award and the 2014 CCS Bard College Prize for Curatorial Excellence.