Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
11. 03 2014
TALK Series, Heike Munder

It’s Time for Action (There’s No Option)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús at 20:00


The lecture, entitled It’s Time for Action (There’s No Option) was the title Yoko Ono gave a pop song she recorded in 2000, in which she called everyone to action: Every day – any way. The song reflects her life’s motto: not to remain in the present or the past, but to look forward. The world is certainly still shaped by heterosexual constructions of male norms, which can only be ignored or broken with great difficulty. In his book Male domination the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu wrote in 2005 that the power maintenance of the patriarchy belongs to the “paradoxical submission” of women.  This presupposes woman’s anticipatory submissiveness and implicit knowledge of structures of order. As a result of this a taken-for-granted grand entrance of women in important public roles is broadly absent, and is evidently not always valued positively.
Focussing on feminism, this lecture traces the drive to stand up, a lust for life, the use of art as symbolic representation, and the conviction that in an active movement everything can be possible.



Heike Munder studied cultural studies at the University of Lueneburg. She has been director of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich since 2001. She co-founded the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V., which she co-directed between 1995 and 2001. Previously curated exhibitions include Ragnar Kjartansson (2012), The Garden of Forking Paths (2011), Tatiana Trouvé (2009), Tadeusz Kantor (2008), Rachel Harrison (2007), Marc Camille Chaimowicz (2006), Yoko Ono (2005), and Mark Leckey (2003). She holds a number of regular teaching positions, including at the University of Lueneburg, Goldsmiths College (London), the University of Bern, the Zurich University of the Arts, and the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht). Since 1995, she has written extensively for art magazines and catalogues. In 2012, she served on the jury for the Turner Prize. The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich, under the direction of Heike Munder, commissioned The Visitors, a 9 channel video work by Ragnar Kjartansson. The Visitors was recently on show in Kling & Bang galleri, Reykjavík.


Under the title TALK Series, Reykjavik Art Museum, Icelandic Art Center and the Iceland Academy of the Arts initiated a collaborative visitor program, offering a platform for continual professional-, international encounter to take place in Iceland. Comprising visits by ground-breaking figures in the visual arts, this program initiative will bring to Icelandic art community, as well as to the public at large, the burgeoning ideas and diverse practices that define the terms and shape the dialogue within the international contemporary art scene. Events will take place in English and are open to everyone, free of charge.


TALK Series is generously supported by the Goethe Institute, The American Embassy in Iceland and supported by Promote Iceland.