01 & 02 March 2013
The Age of Less: Nostalgia?
international two-day symposium

The collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers, the cost explosion of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, the egocentric escapades of Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi or the mystified sale of Damien Hirst's diamond skull: these are just a few examples of our overheated cultural, economic, political and social system. We cannot but be aware today that neoliberalism, till recently praised as the engine of universal wealth and prosperity, is a pure ideology of justification, a tool to concentrate more and more wealth at the top. Years of neoliberalism have plunged us into a deep crisis, and everywhere people are trying desperately to hold on to a status quo that, in the face of generalized government paralysis and unwillingness to confront the causes of the crisis head on, is rapidly dissolving under their feet. The old adage, Less is More, is no more… in part because less is getting less and less.

The Age of Less—Nostalgia, a two-day symposium that brings together the fields of visual art, design, architecture and theory, aims to discuss existing or past values in relation to possibly new behaviours that have emerged within the framework of, and in response to, the financial crisis. In particular, our focus will be on questioning how the so-called "creative industry" is dealing with and reacting to the present situation.


Unfortunately, we have to announce that today's lectures by Manfred Pernice and Thea Djordjadze are cancelled due to illness.
All other lectures are normally taking place. 
Lunch will be offered as from noon at La Loge.

Friday, March 1st
• 15:30:Welcome - introduction by Moritz Küng & Anne-Claire Schmitz
• 16:00: Left-Wing Melancholy: Rancière on the Politics of Critique by Emiliano Battista
• 17:00: Diane, Ad and Tupperware an autobiographical lecture by Pierre Leguillon
• 18:00: Against the grain? by Catherine David
• 19:00: Q & A - guests and audience
• 19:30: eat & drink - buffet at La Loge (open to all)

Saturday, March 2nd
• 12:00: lunch - buffet at La Loge (open to all)
• 13:00: Reset by Manfred Pernice
• 14:00: Making furniture with people in risk of exclusion by Curro Claret
• 15:00: break - tea time
• 15:30: Reduce Reuse Recycle by Muck Petzet
• 16:30: Conversation with Thea Djordjadze
• 17:30: The Prospects of Retro-Futurism by Elie During
• 18:30: Q & A - guests and audience
• 19:00: drinks


Friday & Saturday
The Good Life by Jasper Morrison

Emiliano Battista (BRA, °1973, lives in Brussels) – independent researcher and translator of several books and essays by Jacques Rancière
Curro Claret (ES, °1968, lives in Barcelona) – designer who established the furniture collection Taburet 300, which supports homeless people
Catherine David (FR, °1954, lives in Paris) – art historian and curator, artistic director of Documenta X (Kassel, 1997) and initiator of the project Contemporary Arab Representations
Thea Djordjadze (GE, °1971, lives in Berlin) – artist and Documenta 13 participant in 2012 who favours raw and "domestic" materials in her work
Elie During (FR, °1972, lives in Paris) – Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at University of Paris – Ouest Nanterre, teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts of Paris, currently researching the philosophical implications of the space-time concept
Moritz Küng (CH, °1961, lives in Barcelona) – curator and publisher working on the intersection between contemporary art and architecture
Pierre Leguillon (FR, °1969, lives in Brussels) – artist, known for his accumulative slide shows, performances and exhibitions dealing with reception and art history  
Jasper Morrison (UK, °1959, lives in London) - designer, known for his archetypical, minimal designs, favouring function over expression
Manfred Pernice (DE, °1963, lives in Berlin) – artist who is creating hybrids that straddle the line between sculpture, functional object, architecture and display
Muck Petzet (DE, °1964, lives in Munich) – architect and Commissioner of Reduce / Reuse / Recycle, the exhibition in the German Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennial in 2012
The programme is subject to change
Updates will be available on this page

Collaboratively conceived by Moritz Küng and Anne-Claire Schmitz

Practical information:

Dates and times
1 & 2 March 2013
Registration daily from 12:00
Program starts from 15:30 on Friday and 13:00 on Saturday

Conference language
1 day ticket € 15 (€5*)
2 day ticket € 25 (€10*)
* reductions for <18, >65, students
We recommend you to book your ticket.
Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Reservations via (with the mention: symposium) or call us at
+32(0)2 644 42 48.

La Loge is broadcasting all its lectures and events live from its webpage (except when noted).
On the occasion of 'The Age of Less: Nostalgia?' our program will also be broadcasted live from the website of  This is Tomorrow 
This is tomorrow is an online contemporary art magazine aiming to become a comprehensive archive of contemporary art, providing those restricted by place or time with the chance to visit some of the most innovative and culturally significant exhibitions around the world.