Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist in Los Angeles

Hosted by the Institute of the 21st Century

When asked about the future, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programs, and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London said, “compiling thoughts about the future is to take a snapshot of the contemporary moment, my answer to this question is always that we have to listen to artists.”

In L.A. from July 29-31, the famed interviewer will hold public conversations with John Baldessari as well as computer scientist Danny Hillis on the theme of past, present and future in their work. The events are being hosted by the Institute of the 21st Century (i21c), a nonprofit project initiated in the spirit of historian Eric Hobsbawm’s call to “protest against forgetting” those who have forever changed the landscape of contemporary culture. The Institute’s long-term goal is to create a digital archive of curator Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Interview Project.

On July 29th at 4pm at Art Catalogues at LACMA, Obrist will interview Baldessari to launch the L.A. pioneer’s Catalogue Raisonné Volume 1: 1956-1974 (Yale University Press), with a book signing to follow. The interview is a continuation of decades-long conversations between the two men, many of which were published in Volume 18 of Obrist’s The Conversation Series (Walther König).

On July 30th at 7pm, i21c will present Danny Hillis, the creator of The Clock of the Long Now, in public conversation for the first time with Obrist at ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. The event is free, but reservations on a first-come, first-served basis are required (RSVP at KCHUNG Radio will broadcast the Hillis and Obrist discussion live. Tune in 100.1 FM to or live stream the talk on KCHUNG Radio.

A thank you to The Standard Hotel and Casa Dragones.

Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewing astronomer Dimitar Sasselov at the launch of Interviews: Volume II at MoMA PS1. Courtesy the Institute of the 21st Century (i21c). View the interview here.