Recreation #5: “Between you and me”: Artist-writers Sam Cottington (People Person) and Kristian Vistrup Madsen (Doing Time) explore gossip as a form of knowledge-making

25 August 2023
07:00 PM

Gossip, conversationality, paranoia, and camp, argues cultural critic Gavin Butt, are affective lenses through which one can elucidate modern metropolitan living. Likewise, gossip can be viewed as the mode of communication that makes social life possible: constructing urgent connections between people, and cutting through insincerity.

Artist-writers Kristian Vistrup Madsen (Doing Time: essays on using people) and Sam Cottington (People Person) both explore the above, and how this relates to writing. During the course of “Between you and me” they will discuss their own and other authors’ use of gossip as a literary technique, read from their recent books, and of course dish the dirt with their audience about all things art world over a glass of wine.

Kristian Vistrup Madsen is a writer and art critic published in magazines such as Artforum, Harpers, and The White Review. ‘Doing Time: Essays on Using People’ was published by Floating Opera Press in 2021.

Sam Cottington is a writer and artist. His work has been exhibited in Ginny on Frederick (London), Yaby (Madrid), Haus Wien (Vienna) and Artists self publish fair, ICA (London). His first novella “People Person” was published with JOAN in 2022. He is currently completing his studies at Frankfurt's Städelschule.

This event is part of a.p.'s Summer Season, which comprises of talks, readings, and performances concerned with recreation: a term that refers both to ‘leisure activities’ (think cookery, interiors, music, fashion, and dance to name but a few) and their reproduction (which is also their subversion) within different visual and literary contexts. As always, the programme features a mix of emerging and established practitioners from Berlin and beyond. 

Like all our events, it is free to attend, but booking is recommended via our eventbrite.