Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lecture @ Program 3 Munich Contemporary Curatorial Practices

Lecture Series 2010: Contemporary Curatorial Practices
March 24, 2010 - 07:00 PM
Internationally-active artists and curators, as well as dynamic display formats, are currently characteristics of the latest in artistic productions; but what effects do these new exhibition formats produce?
This is the question Platform3 will raise in the second part of its lecture series Contemporary Curatorial Practices throughout the year 2010. This programme has been conceived in cooperation with ifa-galleries Stuttgart and Berlin. Our guests are international curators and artist collectives working in Turkey, France, South Africa and Romania. Their lectures will cover curatorial approaches and present actual exhibition projects with regards to the respective on-site working conditions. Contemporary Curatorial Practices offers Munich -based cultural workers and people interested in the arts to experience curatorial visions firsthand.
Lectures take place at Platform3, Munich: Free admission.
Övül Durmuşoğlu (Turkey)
Can the issue of difference be a more mass-produced item than a Starbucks latte in our times?
Interested in how difference-minded thinking can end up in invisible separations, Övül Durmuşoğlu will open up the background ideas, notions and images of her coming project Another Country at ifa-gallery Stuttgart.
Istanbul based, Durmuşoğlu conducted the EXOCiTi series of talks and (street) performances and coordinated Radikal Art: Face to Face billboard project for Radikal newspaper. She has been awarded the Lorenzo Bonaldi Prize for young curators (2008) for her project Data Recovery. Durmusoglu is currently a guest in Akademie Schloss Solitude and collaborates with IFA Stuttgart for the exhibition Another Country.

Institution as Medium. Curating as Institutional Critique?

Kunsthalle Fridericianum and Postgraduate Program in Curating, ICS, DKV, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, are hosting the symposium Institution as Medium. Curating as Institutional Critique? on Friday, 26 and Saturday, 27 March, 2010.

The two-day symposium Institution as Medium. Curating as Institutional Critique? intends to put the possibilities, opportunities as well as the limitations of current critical curating up for discussion based on the presentation of exemplary projects, curatorial programmes, theoretical analyses and artist talks. The symposium will focus on art institutions, exhibition formats and exhibition paradigms. It will include presentations and discussions and additionally serves as a communicative platform enabling curators, students, scholars and artists to engage with curating.

If we view exhibitions and art projects as an institutional apparatus that allows curators to convey certain meanings and new viewpoints to a broader public, then what is important is how new audiences are addressed, how knowledge circulates and which social spaces and institutions are created and addressed. Thus, criticism through the medium of the institution "art" may have only just begun and we have to take the issue of the messages of exhibitions seriously. So what are the opportunities, possibilities and impossibilities of critical curating? How and for whom are programmes shaped, which deviations from formats change content?

Friday 26 March 2010
12.00 Welcome Rein Wolfs / Dorothee Richter, Introduction
12.30 Oliver Marchart, The Politics of Biennialisation
13.30 Dorothee Richter with Damian Jurt, Irene Grillo, Maren Brauner,
Postmodern Education. Round and Round it Goes, Where it Stops Nobody Knows
14.30 Visit exhibition (WHITE REFORMATION CO-OP) MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO by Thomas Zipp at Kunsthalle Fridericianum
16.00 Maria Lind, Contemporary Art and its Institutional Dilemmas
17.00 San Keller, Pre-, Pre-, Pre-, Preview / Rein Wolfs
18.30 Carina Plath, From Curatorial Studies over Kunstverein to Sculpture Projects and Museum. Curatorship between Liberties, Conditions and Conservation
19.30 Panel 1, Curatorial Appeal: with a.o. Marysia Lewandowska, Renée Padt (Konstfack, Stockholm), Lisa Le Feuvre (Goldsmith College, London), Sissel Lillebostad (Creative Curating, Bergen, Norway), Tim Brennan (University of Sunderland, MA Curating)

Saturday 27 March 2010
9.30 Welcome Rein Wolfs / Dorothee Richter, Introduction
10.00 Helmut Draxler, Ecstasy in Mediation
11.00 Axel Wieder, Institutions and Crisis
12.00 Giovanni Carmine / Hassan Khan, Possible Encounters
14.00 Stella Rollig, Legitimating
15.00 Stih & Schnock, Who Needs Art, We Need Potatoes
16.30 Søren Grammel, A Series of Acts and Spaces
17.30 Panel 2, Educational Critique: How to Swot Curating
Hyunjoo Byeon, Lisa Boström, Övül Durmusoglu, Alhena Katsof, Natalie Hope O'Donnell, Alessandra Sandrolini, Andrea Roca, Adnan Yildiz. Moderators: Maja Ciric, Isin Onol
18.30 Comments & Conclusions

Location: documenta-Halle, Du-Ry-Straße, Kassel
Accreditation until 17 March 2010:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

@ sharjah soon

Sharjah Hosts 3rd Edition of the March Meeting
13 - 15 March 2010

The Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with ArteEast, presents the third edition of the March Meeting, an annual gathering of art professionals and institutions from the Arab world and beyond, from 13-15 March 2010. Nearly 50 art institutions based or active in the Middle East, North Africa and the region, as well as artists and independent curators will take part in the 3-day programme. The symposium will feature presentations by key speakers, colloquia, seminars and public talks. Since 2008, the March Meeting has provided a unique platform for institutions and individuals to present current and future projects, to network and seek out collaboration opportunities.

This year's edition takes a new and somewhat more experimental format. The emphasis over the last few years has been to bring practitioners in the Arab World together, with a view to encouraging greater connectivity, synergy and linking; this year's event seeks to anchor the growing web of relations to create more solid networks for partnership and collaboration. The programme for the March Meeting 2010 will allow participants to present projects, ideas, dilemmas and plans, with a view to developing a strong foundation for future collaborative ventures as well as mapping the cultural calendar for the coming years.

The programme will feature a series of public talks by distinguished speakers, including the Moroccan scholar, art critic and author Abdelfattah Kilito and internationally celebrated curator and art critic Okwui Enwezor. For the first time this year, "Dardashat" - informal project discussions - will run alongside more formal presentations by institutions and art professionals. In addition, a newly commissioned film about the Sharjah Biennial 9, which traces a visual itinerary through the various projects, installations and activities of the past edition of the Biennial, will be screened during the opening. The main venue for this year's event is the Al Qasba, Sharjah, which encompasses both the Multaqa, a conference venue, as well as Shelter Maraya, a meeting point for creatives across all disciplines.

To coincide with the March Meeting, the Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with the Sharjah Art Museum and the Directorate of Arts, Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, will be hosting a retrospective of acclaimed artist Tarek Al-Ghoussein, featuring both well-known works as well as a new photographic series.

Programme Participants
Day 1, Saturday 13 March

Desire Machine Collective, Mriganka Madhukaillya (India)
Khoj Workshop, Swapna Tamhane (India)
Medrar for Contemporary Art, Mohamed Allam (Egypt)
artellewa, Hamdi Reda (Egypt)
Theatre Painted Bird [Tiyatro Boyalı Kuş], Rustem Ertug Alinay (Turkey)
Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Mia Jankowiczbot (Egypt)
BotTala, Saleque Khanhou (Bangladesh)

Artists & Curators
Khaled Hourani, Picasso in Palestine
Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Mapping Art
Tarek Atoui, Arab Platform for Art and Technology (APAT)
Jananne Al-Ani, The Aesthetics of Disappearance: A Land Without People

Day 2, Sunday 14 March

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Antawan I. Byrd (Nigeria)
Maqamat Theatre Dance, Omar Rajeh (Lebanon)
Dutch Art Institute ArtEZ Masters Programme, Gabriëlle Schleijpen (The Netherlands)
Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art (Palestine)
Al Riwaq Art Space, Maha Al Sahaf (Bahrein)
Tashkeel, Jill Hoyle (UAE)
The International Academy of Art, Palestine, Tina Sherwell (Palestine)

Artists & Curators
Jumana Emil Abboud, The Invisible Still Sees Itself Passing
Basma Al-Sharif, Milk and Honey
Hrayr Eulmessekian, Blind Dates
Toleen Touq, Towards Analysis, An Educational Workshop Series
Shahram Karimi, 1-remembrance 2-look
Reem Khatib, Jadal

Day 3, Monday 15 March
98weeks, Mirene Arsanios and Marwa Arsanios (Lebanon)
Iraqi Arts Project, Rijin Sahakian (Iraq)
Townhouse Gallery, Laura Carderera, ArAbArch (Egypt)
Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI), Nada Shabout (USA)
Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Ala' Younis, (Jordan)
Jadmur Collective, Ghassan Maasri (Lebanon)
Zico House, Rola Kobeissi (Lebanon)
Delfina Foundation, Aaron Cezar (United Kingdom)
ArtSchool Palestine, Samar Martha (Palestine)
Arabic Arts Center-Directorate of Arts-Department of Culture & Information, Talal Jaodat Moualla (UAE)

Artists & Curators
Sarah Rifky, Diary of a Bad Year
Sulayman Al-Bassam, Speaker's Progress
Ovul Durmusoglu, Another Country
Alia Rayyan Following Karimeh
Bouchra Khalili, The Cartographer
Rana ElNemr, Giza Series
Jeannette Gaussi and Youmna Chlala, Home Sweet Home
Yasmina Reggad, Photo-Festivals
Adel Abidin, Memorial

For further information and programme details, please visit our website:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

guzel bir isbirligi: fantasy and island

The island is what the sea surrounds and what we travel around. It is like an egg. An egg of the sea, it is round. It is as though the island had pushed its desert outside. What is deserted is the ocean around it.

Gilles Deleuze

The country is first of all the space of a land considered from a certain corner or angle, a corner delimited by some natural or cultural feature (as one says when one thinks one can tell the difference): a row of trees or a road, a river or a ridge, a pass, a glacial constriction, a formation of alluvial deposits, a passing herd or an armed horde, an encampment.

Jean-Luc Nancy