Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
The first issue of Kim Docs. On the question of spectatorship

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Kim Docs” is a digital quarterly magazine. Its first issue is dedicated to the question of audiences. Many questions will pass through the scrolling pages. Who exactly is the contemporary art audience (historically, conceptually, statistically, etc.)? What does it mean for an institution to create its audience or, to make the question more interesting, how do audiences create institutions and influence programming and the scene itself? What choices does an audience have while being entangled by the artistic realm, capital, curatorial frameworks, state, etc. into this gallery-museum-capital-state-complex of contemporary art? Who are we, the contemporary art audiences in the great new world who not only declare “the end of politics” is “after the nature” (referring to the books “After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene” by Jedediah Purdy or “Thinking like a Mall. Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature” by Steven Vogel), announce that “we have never been modern” (Bruno Latour), “we have never been human” (Donna Haraway) or “we have never been only human” (Michel Foucault), inhuman, posthuman (Rosi Braidotti)?


To celebrate the launch, the reading night “Everybody Reads Audiences” with Jaakko Pallasvuo took place on Tuesday, March 20th.


Jaakko Pallasvuo (b. 19XX, lives in Helsinki) is an artist. Pallasvuo makes videos, installations, comics, etc. exploring the anxieties of being alive now, and the prospect of a number of possible futures. In recent years his work has been presented at the New York Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, TBA21 and Jupiter Woods, among others.


With contributions by Pedro Barateiro, Santa France, Gints Gabrāns, Katerina Gregos, Kaspars Groševs, Katrīna Neiburga, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Monika Pormale, Viktor Timofeev, Marta Trektere, Beti Žerovc, Inga Lāce and others.