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Conference
Contemporary Art Biennials – Our Hegemonic Machines in States of Emergency


Date
27–28 June 2020

 

Schedule in CEST

Saturday, 27th June 2020

9.45 am: Delia Popa Artistic Intervention

Delia POPA's feminist art includes painting, drawing and prints, installation, video and performance, taking up important topics such as gender relations, power relations and the human-animal relationship. She is the co-founder and leader of ArtCrowd – Artists in Education, an arts organization committed since 2013 to creating positive change in society via art and education.
www.deliapopa.com

10.00 am: Welcome by Eugen Rădescu and Introduction by Dorothee Richter & Ronald Kolb

Eugen Rădescu will welcome you to the conference.
Dorothee Richter and Ronald Kolb will introduce the conference.

Dorothee Richter is Professor in Contemporary Curating at the University of Reading, UK, and Head of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, CAS/MAS Curating, which she founded in 2005 at the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland; She is director of the PhD in Practice in Curating Programme, a cooperation of the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of Reading. Richter has worked extensively as a curator: she was initiator of Curating Degree Zero Archive, Curator at Kuenstlerhaus Bremen. She is Executive Editor of the web journal On-Curating.org.

Ronald Kolb is a researcher, designer, curator, and Co-Head of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts, and Editor at Large of the web journal On-Curating.org and honorary vice chairman of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. He studies at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, University of Reading, Zurich University of the Arts.
www.curating.org/ronald-kolb

10.30 am: Talk by Oliver Marchart (political theorist)

Oliver Marchart (Austria) is a philosopher and sociologist. Since 2016 he works at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Vienna.

11.00 am: Discussion with Oliver Marchart moderated by Isabel de Sena

Isabel de Sena is an independent curator based in Berlin.
Since 2019 she's a PhD student at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) & University of Reading.

11.30 am: Conversation with Farid Rakun (Ruangrupa, documenta fifteen)

Farid Rakun, member of ruangrupa based in Jakarta, is an artist, writer, editor, teacher and instigator based in Jakarta. His artistic practice hinges on self-imposed constraints as a way to portray absurdities in and of everyday life.

12.00 noon: Discussion with Farid Rakun moderated by Maayan Sheleff

Maayan Sheleff is an independent curator based in Tel Aviv, as well as the artistic advisor of The Art Cube Artists’ Studios in Jerusalem and the founder and curator of its international residency program, “LowRes Jerusalem”. She studies at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, University of Reading, Zurich University of the Arts, exploring the use of the voice in participatory practices in relation to protest movements of the last decade. She is currently working on “ Voice Over”, an exhibition at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, Holland. Her recent publication list could be found here.
www.curating.org/maayan-sheleff

12.30 pm: Talk by Nora Sternfeld (documenta Professor)

is a documenta professor at the Kassel Art Academy. From 2012 to 2018 she was Professor of Curating and Mediating Art at Aalto University in Helsinki. Sternfeld was part of Bergen Assembly in 2016.

1.00 pm: Discussion with Nora Sternfeld moderated by Sascia Bailer

Sascia Bailer is an interdisciplinary researcher, curator and urbanist; she has been appointed the position as Artistic Director of M.1 Hohenlockstedt by the Arthur-Boskamp-Stiftung for the upcoming curatorial cycle (2019-2020). She studies at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, University of Reading/ Zurich University of the Arts.
www.curating.org/sascia-bailer

1.20 pm: Delia Popa Artistic Intervention

Delia POPA: Her feminist art includes painting, drawing and prints, installation, video and performance, taking up important topics such as gender relations, power relations and the human-animal relationship. She is the co-founder and leader of ArtCrowd – Artists in Education, an arts organization committed since 2013 to creating positive change in society via art and education.
www.deliapopa.com

2.30 pm: Talk by Ioana Leca (Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art)

Ioana Leca is Artistic Director of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. Recent positions include the Producer role for the 2017 edition of the biennial and Curator for Programme  and Project Manager at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm (2011-2016). With a BA in Theatre Directing, she has studied the MA in Curating Art, Including Management and Law at Stockholm University and has been active as a.o. cultural strategist, curator and exhibition producer in public and private funded organisations.
http://gibca.se/

3.00 pm: Discussion with Ioana Leca moderated by Hadas Kedar

Hadas Kedar is an artist and curator and the founder of Arad Contemporary Art Centre and Arad Art and Architecture Residency Program. She studies at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, University of Reading/ Zurich University of the Arts
www.curating.org/hadas-kedar

3.20 pm: Talk by Vasyl Cherepanyn (Visual Culture Research Center / Kyiv Biennial)

Vasyl Cherepanyn is a director of the Visual Culture Research Center (Kiev, Ukraine), teaches at the Cultural Studies Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and is the editor of "Political Critique" magazine (Ukrainian edition).

3.50 pm: Discussion with Vasyl Cherepanyn moderated by Lalita Radavić

Lalita Radavić is a New York based independent curator, educator, and artist. Her doctoral research specifically focuses on questioning the role the artist residency plays in proliferating the neo-liberal agenda of the art system in the 21st Century towards a cultural analysis of the art residency field. She studies at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, University of Reading/ Zurich University of the Arts.
www.curating.org/lalita-radavic

4.10 pm: Talk by Martin Guinard (Taipei Biennale)

Martin Guinard-Terrin is an artist and curator, with a background in History of Art and Fine Arts (Concordia, McGill, Central Saint Martins). He is currently co-curating an international exhibition called Reset Modernity! at ZKM I Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. The project is realised in collaboration with the AIME project, under the direction of the philosopher Bruno Latour.

4.40 pm: Discussion with Martin Guinard moderated by Beatrice Fontana

Beatrice Fontana is an architect, based in Zurich. She finalized the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2020.
https://degree.curating.org/##Fontana

5.00 pm: Open discussion moderated by Maayan Sheleff

In the open discussion we want to engage in a dialogue triggered by the most urgent questions raised over the first day of the conference.

Maayan Sheleff is an independent curator based in Tel Aviv, as well as the artistic advisor of The Art Cube Artists’ Studios in Jerusalem and the founder and curator of its international residency program, “LowRes Jerusalem”. Her projects take a reflexive approach towards participation and activism. She is currently studying for a Practice-Based PHD at the Curatorial platform, the University of Reading (UK) and ZHDK (CH), exploring political choirs, or the use of the collective human voice in participatory practices. Some of her recent projects include “The Infiltrators”, exhibition of participatory projects with African Asylum seekers, at Artport Gallery, Tel Aviv ( 2014), “Preaching to the Choir” at Herzlyia Museum in Israel (2015), and “50 years”, an activist project marking 50 year of Israeli occupation with Bet’selem human reights organization. She is currently working on an exhibition at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, Holand, realted to her PHD research. She teaches in various academic institutions and her latest publication was Fear and Love in Graz, (in:) Empty Stages, Crowded Flats. Performativity as Curatorial Strategy, performing urgency #4, Editors Florian Malzacher and Janna Warsza.
www.curating.org/maayan-sheleff

5.30 pm: Artistic intervention "50 HZ" by minim (Diana Dulgheru)

50 HZ
The idea behind minim’s 50 HZ is grounded in the sonic exploration of a single frequency (i.e. 50 HZ, with triangular and sinusoidal waveforms), whose initial value is altered by using different audio effects. This approach results in overlapping sound frequencies, where the generated sonic 'errors' functions to create infinitesimal experimental possibilities. This working method functions to achieve compositional variety, but, at the same time, highlights the simplicity of the repetitive beat which itself can achieve diversity through minimalist sonic techniques.

minim (Diana Dulgheru) lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.
Searching for a certain purity in the particularities of the relation between sound and visual form in a postdigital context, minim develops projects in which sounds  are reduced to their basic form and are used for their own sonic value. Drawing from an education involving figurative composition, minim’s means of sonic expression have evolved to utilize digital technology with a minimalist approach.  In complementary artistic terms, Diana has also worked with media such as photography, installation and later audiovisual performances that explore the visualization of the sound and the aesthetic possibilities of errors generated by digital technology.


Sunday, 28th  June 2020

 

10.00 am: Henk Slager on BB9

Henk Slager’s focus has been on research and visual art for the last fifteen years. He was dean of MaHKU Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (HKU Utrecht) and is currently working for the same school on the development of a practice-based doctoral program. He co-initiated the European Artistic Research Network (EARN), a network investigating the consequences of artistic research for current art education through symposia, expert meetings, and presentations. Departing from a similar focus on artistic research he recently published The Pleasure of Research, an overview of curatorial research projects (a.o. Tbilisi Triennial, 2012; Aesthetic Jam Taipei Biennial, 2014; 5th Guangzhou Triennial, 2015; and Research Pavilion Venice, 2015-2019). He is currently working on setting up the 9th Bucharest Biennial, Farewell to Research, 2020.

10.30 am: Talk by Beat Wyss (Venice Biennale researcher)

Beat Wyss is a Swiss art historian, professor ordinarius for art history and media theory at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany, and member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

11.00 am: Discussion with Beat Wyss moderated by Domenico Ermanno Roberti

Domenico Ermanno Roberti is an independent curator based in Zurich. His research focuses on the links between perception of space and architecture of power, more recently on the notion of interface as an agent in the exhibition mechanism of the work of art. In addition to being part of Roehrs & Boetsch, the only gallery in Switzerland to devote its program entirely to the exploration of digitization and its effects for society, Roberti is the curator of the Rosengartentunnel Interface project space and a member of the curatorial collective baed. Recent projects include the performance Communio with Cesare Pietroiusti for the Choreographing the Public series and 28 Days, 6 Hours, 42 Minutes, 12 Seconds, with Olga Generalova at the Mikro offspace in Zurich. He holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Curating from the University of the Arts of Zurich and a Master in Architecture from the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
https://degree.curating.org/##Roberti

11.30 am: Talkb by Patrick D. Flores (Singapore Biennale 2019)

Patrick D. Flores is Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, which he chaired from 1997 to 2003. Flores is also Artistic Director of Singapore Biennale 2019, Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila, and Adjunct Curator at the National Art Gallery, Singapore.

12.00 noon: Discussion with Patrick D. Flores moderated by Jose Cáceres Mardones

Jose Cáceres is an historian and independent curator. He is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Zurich, developing a decolonial critique to the idea of history from a Latin American perspective. Recent projects include the intervention Chile Despertó with Impresionante (Chile) at Volumes 2019, the documentary exhibition Chilean Revolt. A Chronicle at la_cápsula and Walmapu ex situ in collaboration with the collective Trop cher to share.
He is enrolled in the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK. (curating.org).

12.30 pm: Talk by Ekaterina Degot (Steirischer Herbst)

Ekaterina Degot is a Russian art historian and curator. From 2014 she was artistic director of the Academy of Arts of the World in Cologne. Since January 2018 she has been artistic director of the Steirischer Herbst festival.

1.00 pm: Discussion with Ekaterina Degot moderated by Anastasia Chaguidouline

Anastasia Chaguidouline is a curator, art mediator and nomad. Currently based in France, she holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, an MA in Arts from Institut Kunst, Basel and an MAS in Curating from the ZHdK, Zurich. She currently works as a curatorial assistant in the Museum Tinguely, Basel and as an art mediator for Kunstmuseum Winterthur and the Vitra Design Museum. Having previously worked as a translator and copyeditor, she works at the intersection between artistic research, curatorial practices, language and mediation. Her main research focus lies on post-Soviet (political and feminist) artistic realm, as well as multilingual practices. Her contribution shave been published in The Contemporary Condition series (Sternberg Press) and the OnCurating journal.
She finalised the MAS in Curating in 2020.

https://degree.curating.org/##Chaguidouline

1.20 pm: Detox Dance by Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv (artist collective from Zurich) Artistic Intervention

The Roma Jam Session Art Collective (RJSaK) is the first artist collective in Switzerland and Europe to perform in public space and art institutions with performative means in order to make the current issues of the Roma visible. The Zurich based artist group works transdisciplinary with members from art, theater, music and design. Since their first intervention in a local art space in 2013, RJSaK has shown their work in Zurich at the Shedhalle, Corner College, Maxim Theater, Toni Areal, ZHdK, Kunsthaus, Johann Jacobs Museum, Helmhaus and in Basel at the Kunstmuseum.
romajamsession.org

2.30 pm: Talk by Yung Ma (11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale)

Yung Ma is a curator of contemporary art and moving image. He currently serves as Curator of the Contemporary Art and Prospective Creation Department at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and was appointed Artistic Director for the 11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale.

3.00 pm: Discussion with Yung Ma moderated by Henrietta Mansfeld

Henrietta Y. Mansfeld is an independent curator and writer based in Berlin. She founded The Cultarture Project, a curatorial initiative where she organised solo and group shows in Beijing and Berlin, artists talk and residency programme. Her texts have appeared online on Artforum, Ocula, Vision and more. She studies at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, University of Reading, Zurich University of the Arts.
www.henriettaym.com
www.curating.org/henrietta-y-mansfeld

3.20 pm: Talk by Mirjam Varadinis (Kunsthaus Zurich, Manifesta Palermo)

Mirjam Varadinis is a curator and writer based in Zurich, Switzerland. She is a curator for Kunsthaus Zürich, where she has curated many exhibitions, including Aleksandra Mir: Switzerland and Other Islands (2006), Shifting Identities (2008), and Motion Picture(s) (2010).  She was in the curatorial team of Manifesta Palermo.

3.50 pm: Discussion with Mirjam Varadinis moderated by Antonio Cataldo

Antonio Cataldo is a writer and a curator and currently employed as the artistic director of Fotogalleriet Oslo. He studies at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, University of Reading, Zurich University of the Arts.
www.curating.org/antonio-cataldo

4.10 pm: Talk by Shwetal A. Patel (The Kochi—Muziris Biennale)

Shwetal A. Patel is a writer and researcher and is a founding member of India’s first biennial, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale which launched in 2012. Patel is currently pursuing his PhD at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He lives and works in London.

4.40 pm: Discussion with Shwetal A. Patel moderated by Tanya Abraham

Tanya Abraham is the curator and creative director of Kashi Art Gallery, a patron of the Kochi Muziris Biennale. She has curated a number of collateral exhibitions for the Biennale; her work primary concerns social impact, and cultural understanding. She is the founder of The Art Outreach Society, a not-for-profit organisation that works in the field of art education and art for health amongst the marginalised. She is also a writer and the author of two books. She is currently also working as a curator for museums under the government of Kerala, India, where she lives.
She studies at the PhD in Practice in Curating programme, University of Reading, Zurich University of the Arts.
www.curating.org/tanya-abraham

5.00 pm: Open discussion with Jose Cáceres

In the open discussion we want to engage in a dialogue triggered by the most urgent questions raised over the first day of the conference.

Jose Cáceres is an historian and independent curator. He is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Zurich, developing a decolonial critique to the idea of history from a Latin American perspective. Recent projects include the intervention Chile Despertó with Impresionante (Chile) at Volumes 2019, the documentary exhibition Chilean Revolt. A Chronicle at la_cápsula and Walmapu ex situ in collaboration with the collective Trop cher to share.
He is enrolled in the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK. (curating.org).

5.30 pm: zeroArtistic intervention by minim (Diana Dulgheru)

"zero"

In “Understanding Media : The Extensions of Man”, Marshall McLuhan offered an entire chapter to the numbers because they have an important place in understanding media as technological extensions of man. Throughout the history of the West, the letters have been the symbol of civilization and the numbers, the language of science. Viewed as the extensions of the physical body, the writing is an extension of sight and the number, of the tactile sense. The implication of the tactile sense is not a direct one, McLuhan thought of the possibility that the touch might be more than the skin’s contact with the things, an interaction between all senses at the mental level. Starting from McLuhan’s theory, the project is an audio-visual study that aims to explore a visualization of the sound through the numbers, being aware that at a deeper level the tactile sense is involved as well. Being a meditation on the number as a symbol, abstractization, the set of numbers is presented in a dynamic manner, a diagramof the world that we live in.
The image and the sound are synesthetically related, aiming to show the intensity of the emotions through the rhythm that is constructed of different sounds of technological errors.

Diana Dulgheru lives and works in Bucharest, Romania.
Searching for a certain purity in the particularities of the relation between sound and visual form in a postdigital context, minim develops projects in which sounds  are reduced to their basic form and are used for their own sonic value. Drawing from an education involving figurative composition, minim’s means of sonic expression have evolved to utilize digital technology with a minimalist approach.  In complementary artistic terms, Diana has also worked with media such as photography, installation and later audiovisual performances that explore the visualization of the sound and the aesthetic possibilities of errors generated by digital technology.


The conference is organised by Prof Dr Dorothee Richter (Head of PhD in Practice in Curating, University of Reading/ Zurich University of the Arts) and Ronald Kolb, Scientific researcher PhD in Practice in Curating.)

Respondents to the speakers are PhD Candidates of the PhD in Practice in Curating (University of Reading/ Zurich University of the Arts) and students of the MAS in Curating.

The online conference is supported by Goethe Institut Bucharest, The Suisse Arts Council ProHelvetia, and Zurich University of the Arts.

An OnCurating Issue will be published alongside the conference. Speakers of the conference will contribute with significant articles, and will be added by a wide array of writers, critics, art historians, curators and artists, who submitted their texts through an Open Call. The Open Call was occupied with the development of innovative research in the field of international biennials. The issue is co-edited by Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb, Shwetal A. Patel.


Abstract
In 2020, in the midst of a new form of crisis, one might feel a certain affection for “hegemonic machines” like biennials, which aim for an international discourse in a democratizing manner in a different light. With all its underlying problems (canonizing, hegemony, colonial pasts, dominant art market, political influences), biennials tend to establish international discourse, at best, rooted in local cultural specificities/identities. States of emergency also enable states to not only protect but also control their citizens.

Biennials are, as Oliver Marchart has remarked, big hegemonic machines. They make proposals about how to understand the world in which we live—locally and globally—, how to be in the world as a subject within a regional and national frame, and how race, class, and gender are positioned. As a result, biennials are part of a bio-political process in the framework of specific local situations.

Biennials are deeply involved in politics of display, politics of sites, politics of transfer and translation, and they produce in each single case specific politics of knowledge. The scales of biennials are co-implicated not only with each other but also with different understandings of politics: contestation, resistance, dissent, hegemony, and empowerment. For this conference (also in times of crisis), we are not only interested in how content directly agitates, but also in the formats, ideas, and concepts that are delivered through the politics of display, through specific forms of production and dissemination, through proposed communities and subjectivities—the more subtle ways of the bio-political arena when we encounter art. What forms can we use in states of emergency? In the conference, we want to critically explore the pitfalls and benefits of these machines, how to use them progressively and how to keep and strengthen the cultural exchange they can provide. Biennials in that sense can become imaginary machines to shape and influence possible futures.