1. Charles Esche and Douglas Gordon engage in a discussion about the shifting condition of the artist, from key transformative moments in the late eighties and early nineties, but also overall throughout the last two decades. On the background of a rapidly transforming visual culture, an expanding art market, and broadening institutional frameworks, the figure as well as the agency of the artist has changed significantly, leading to a need to reconsider the instruments of producing discourse and formulating politics