Sunday, April 11, 2004

Exhibition: Sparwasser HQ

11 March - 17 April 2004

Organized by Lise Nellemann; Dave Beech, Heman Chong, Annika Eriksson, Lise Harlev, Jakob Kolding, Susan Philipsz, Reinigungsgesellschaft, Home Video System / Johannes Raether, Oliver Ressler, Gitte Villesen + Archive: Old Habits Die Hard,

For five weeks the artist run space Sparwasser HQ shifts its activities from Berlin to the center of Istanbul. A variety of activities, performances, talks and exhibits will consider the artist’s involvement in communicating and distributing artistic ideas by establishing alternative models of representation.

Invited by Platform, Sparwasser HQ acts both as guest and secondary host, in turn inviting artists and people of interest to contribute to the exhibition’s developing conceptual framework. As a result, Sparwasser HQ examines the different self-organized networks that develop through this process of inviting, hosting and collaborating.

Participating artists include Annika Eriksson, who exhibits The Session, a project that brings together two music forms: Rap and Repente, which share an interest in spoken word and improvisation; Johannes Raether’s Home Video System project which provides a series of video art screenings which have been organized by the artist to take place in private homes around Istanbul; Jakob Kolding who asks publicly if there is any attempt to involve or exclude people living in the local neighborhood to use the public space in the way they wish to use it. Finally the video archive Old Habits Die Hard will also be housed at Platform with 50 art works selected by artist run spaces and art collectives available for the public to watch at their convenience. These situations consider representation, the right free to free speech and use of the public space; ideas, which link to the framework of the research and archiving of artist run spaces and their activities.

Sparwasser HQ is a non-profit platform for artist curated projects, with collaborative and discursive research as a first priority. Sparwasser HQ is working with a continually changing idea of ‘exhibition’ practice, building up a laboratory of ideas for art workers and their audience and establishing a network between people. Sparwasser HQ transfers focus from the purely visual, to the production of dialogue. By involving the public, we work with inclusive and democratic strategies, discussing themes of migration, nationality and autonomous art production.

Sparwasser HQ at Platform is supported by Kunststyrelsen, Billedkunstcentret.
Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt has been invited as part of the British Council lecture series at Platform.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

The Next Documenta should be curated by an Artist

Conference and book presentation: April 8-9, 2004
Organized by e-flux, New York, in collaboration with Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul.

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist

What would you do if you were asked to curate the next Documenta?

That was the question recently put to more than thirty internationally working artists, who were asked to reflect on their relationship to the profession of curating, and to assess the effects of the traditional division between artists and curators.

The result was The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist, an e-flux project curated by Jens Hoffmann, which endeavors to critically examine, from an artist's point-of-view, some of the parameters of large-scale international, contemporary art exhibitions in the wake of the growing number of artist critiques of curatorial practice in recent years and the central position taken by curators in the organization of exhibitions.

Responses of the artists, in the form of statements and written proposals, were posted on the e-flux website between July 2003 and January 2004-which are now available as a book of the same title, published by REVOLVER-Archiv fur aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt.
Extending the project, a two-day conference in Istanbul on April 8-9 hosted by Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center will enlarge on the discussion begun by the artists's contributions and offer further insight into the debate surrounding current large-scale international group exhibitions, and the sometimes complex relationship between artists and curators.

As its starting point, the conference will take the divergent, often conflicting, but always engaging contributions of the artists and pursue the discussion through a series of conversations between some of the project's participants, invited guests and the audience.

The conversations will focus on the separation, diffusion, reversal and negotiation of roles within the organization of art exhibitions, and the concept of internationalism as it applies to large-scale international group exhibitions, such as Documenta.

Participants: Daniel Buren, Alex Farqhuarson, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Jens Hoffmann, Christoph Keller, Vasif Kortun, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serkan Ozkaya, Martha Rosler, Tino Sehgal, Anton Vidokle

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist is an e-flux project curated by Jens Hoffmann. The conference is made possible by financial support from: Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, Istanbul British-Council, Istanbul French Cultural Institute, Istanbul