Art + Argument: “Without a market, no one would make art”

On February 20th in Zurich, an Art + Argument debate with Hubert Bächler, Claudia Groeflin, Garrett Nelson and Nadia Schneider on the motion: “Without a market, no one would make art.” (Previous installment here.)


Four cultural experts in two opposing teams debate artists’ motivation and what the market means. Teams must oppose or defend the motion, and each team member has five minutes to argue their case uninterrupted. After that speakers challenge each other and the audience may in turn question the speakers. The event will end with a vote for the more persuasive team. 

This is a forum for discussing culture where the unspeakable may be said. Each speaker must play his or her assigned role, regardless of whether they agree or not. Speakers benefit from temporary immunity: what they say during the debate is not necessarily their opinion and they cannot be held to their word afterwards.

Art + Argument is an itinerant event bringing together exciting minds from the Swiss art scene and beyond. To know more, write to aoiferosenmeyer(at)