Sunday conversations lonelyfingers programme at Museum Abteiberg

The Sunday conversations programme is a series of artist presentations at Museum Abteiberg in which lonelyfingers artists along with coffee and cake unfold their fascinating stories. The programme focuses mainly on the role that objects and inspirational triggers have in the artist creative process. Running from the 17th of March until the 2nd of June 2013.

17th March Jay Batlle / 24th March Tom Sloan and Jade Niklai / 7th April Diango Hernández and Anne Pöhlmann / 21st April Rita McBride / 5th May Jaroslaw Flinciński / 19th May Daniel Barroca / 2nd June Glen Rubsamen

If you would like to follow the lonelyfingers “Sunday conversations”, please click on the icon and download our App for free. Enjoy conversation recordings, performance pictures and most importantly, plan your Sunday trips to Museum Abteiberg. Coffee and cake will be served with love and care. Please use this fantastic free App in order to follow and enjoy our full programme. Thank you! SPECIAL NOTICE: THE LONELYFINGERS APPLICATION WITH SUNDAY CONVERSATIONS CONTENT ONLY RUNS UNTIL THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE 2013 (THE END OF THE SUNDAY CONVERSATIONS PROGRAMME AT MUSEUM ABTEIBERG). NEVERTHELESS ALL THE CONTENT RELATED WITH THE SUNDAY CONVERSATIONS PROGRAMME CAN BE FOUND IN THIS WEBSITE.


17th March – Jay Batlle ‘Finger Food Conversation-Deviled Version’

Menu: Devils On Horseback / Deviled Eggs / Deviled Chicken Thighs / Deviled Shrimp / Wine: Dry Riesling


24th March – Tom Sloan and Jade Niklai ‘The Ikarus Files’

The conversation focuses on the role of found objects in Tom Sloan’s practice. Its theme and structure are based on a selection of Finds presented in the exhibition lonelyfingers. Konversationsstucke. These Finds belong to an ongoing research and production project entitled ‘Stories from Central Europe’, which Tom Sloan began in 2011 as Blood Mountain Foundation’s contribution to the Budapest Design Week. Each object comes from the Hungarian socialist era, but which to Sloan still have relevance today


7th April – Diango Hernández and Anne Pöhlmann ‘Remoteness and Access’

lonelyfingers founders Anne Pöhlmann and Diango Hernández open a conversation about the reasons why they decided to create an online platform for artists. For this third Sunday conversation Pöhlmann and Hernández tell us the story behind lonelyfingers and its future plans and ideas.

‘lonelyfingers functions as an ubiquitous door that gives us access to particular areas of the artistic process. In this sense lonelyfingers operates as a remote space/container of ideas that can be seen and accessed at anytime from everywhere. In a reality under the influence of the non-stop developing of hundreds of social networks the idea of sharing artistic content needs new formats, updates, upgrades and most importantly needs new ‘devices’. The actual state of the ‘physical space for art’ is too isolated and in that sense lacks complexity, engagement and ultimately it is still under the control of the modernist conception of value and representation’.


21st – April Rita McBride ‘Public Finds: Middle Manager Hide and Seek’

(56 stanzas on the mitigating circumstances surrounding the secret life of middle managers in our cities). Rita McBride plays a visual and verbal game of hide and seek while investigating the mysterious properties of system management control boxes on the street.


5th May – Jaroslaw Flincinski ‘Two lenses in a plastic bag’

Jaroslaw Flicinski is a painter currently living and working in Portugal and Poland. For his participation in the next Sunday Conversations program Flicinski talks about a small package that he sent from Portugal to lonelyfingers in Düsseldorf. The contents of the package and its connections with Flicinski ‘s works will be unfolded by the artist – as usual – accompanied with coffee and cake.

Package contents:
1. Two lenses in a plastic bag, old but never used
2. A plastic cap of a ballpoint pen found on the way to my local restaurant in Esteval, which reminds me of all these unwritten words
3. Another, a bit bigger piece of plastic, a part of a round object with a black rubber band stretched around it
4. Two or one olive seeds
5. A dry corpus of a black sea creature with four legs
6. A fuse from a car electrical system


19th May – Daniel Barroca ‘The important is to link the head to the hand’

Daniel Barroca is an artist currently living and working between Portugal and Denmark. For his participation in the Sunday Conversations program Barroca talks about ‘The important is to link the head to the hand’ – a long term project of his in which drawings, images and texts evolve into an imaginary notebook. Fascinating images and artist’s notes will be shared, as usual, accompanied with coffee and cake.


2nd June – Glen Rubsamen ”Rynchophorus Ferrugineus. The modern parasite’

Lonelyfingers presents a lecture by Glen Rubsamen as the last Sunday conversation at Museum Abteiberg. Glen Rubsamen is an American artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. His artistic practice evolves around landscape painting that reflects on the mutations of plant life in human built environments. For the lonelyfingers Konversationsstücke exhibition he contributed various types of seeds and seed containers – symbols of what he defines as ‘post-nature landscape’.

‘Rynchophorus Ferrugineus’ The modern parasite by Glen Rubsamen
The death and disappearance of the palms in Italy over the last 5 years has had a profound affect on the very essence of my relationship with the ‘Roman classical landscape’. Something that started perhaps with Poussin or Claude Lorrain and was developed further in the 1920s and 30s with the idea of the Mediterranean sea being essentially a ‘Roman’ sea. The mixture of the palms and pines together, that was the visual symbol of this synthesis, of North Africa, the middle east and southern Europe being essentially one country. An Idea Mussolini promoted heavily to support his colonial ambitions.

The red palm beetle ‘Rhynchophorus ferrugineus’ is a sort of anachronism, it started out in Asia and has been moving westward for the last quarter century, aided by airlines and global shipping and transport it got to Italy faster then it would have say 100 years ago, but it would have gotten there eventually anyway. The Irony is that the palms that it attacks are ‘imports’ themselves, part of a touristic botanical fashion (a type of botanical orientalism) dating back to the 19th century. In a way ‘Rhynchophorus Ferrugineus’ represents globalism eating colonialism.

I am hoping my short conversation at Museum Abteiberg as part of the lonelyfingers series will expose a process by which romantic elements in the landscape change meaning as things disappear from the mix. An investigation of a subtractive aesthetic event brought about by the direct intervention of a parasite sponsored by contemporary geo-political and commercial realities. A process that will become more and more common in the future until it will represent the only viable example of a state which can only be described as post-nature.