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STEP 4 | You must be a poet, a lady of evil luck, desiring to be what you’re not*.

with Federica Bueti and Jan Verwoert10/01/17, 01/01/2017 Steps

In this presentation, writers Federica Bueti and Jan Verwoert talk about art making and writing, decreation, dessert, and collective desires in order to reflect on how art partakes in the present.

*The title is a line from Anne Sexton’s poem The Fish That Walked.

is a writer and editor based in Berlin. She is the editor of ...ment, Journal for Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics ( Her writing on art and cultural theory has appeared in magazines such as frieze, Spike, BOMB, Ibraaz, Makhzin, Flash Art,Ocula, X-TRA, a.o., and regularly contributes to critical anthologies and artist monographs. Her current research focuses on feminism, the economies and politics of personal writing. She is part of the curatorial team at SAVVY Contemporary, where she co-curates the series Speaking Feminisms dedicated to an exploration of current feminist practices and alliances. Her lectures have been held widely including Tate Liverpool, UK; HKW, Berlin, Germany; Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Akademie der Künste Der Welt, Cologne, Germany; Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen, Norway; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany. She is currently completing her PhD in Critical Writing in Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of Frieze magazine, his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, the de Appel curatorial programme and the Ha’Midrasha School of Art, Tel Aviv. He is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous, MIT Press/Afterall Books 2006 and the essay collection Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want, Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute 2010. He plays bass and sings in La Stampa (Staatsakt/Berlin).