Sunday, April 09, 2006

Archiving disappearance, symposium Nr.1

Archiving disappearance, symposium Nr.1: The introduction
Friday, April 28, 6.00 - 8.30pm
Saturday, April 29, 2.00 - 6.30pm


A public symposium organised by Krist Gruijthuijsen, with guest speakers Bik van der Pol, Brian Holmes, Alexander Koch, Anders Kreuger, Raimundas Malasauskas, Bob Nickas, Seth Siegelaub.

When, as an artist, you aren�t successful at the beginning of your artistic career, the shift from living and working as a practicing to a non-practicing artist is easily made. So easy, that it takes some time to realize that this step has been taken. But what if your position in the artistic field is accomplished, you�re a successful artist and you decide to stop producing work? Is this to be seen as the end of one�s career, or as a statement towards the art world? Is it not possible to blur from one profession to another and for others to accept this decision as private rather than as a considered statement? Does the impossibility of �stepping out� without the art world examining one�s reasons, implicate a radical fusion of art and life?

When we talk about successful artists who made the decision to stop producing work, we also refer to them as having "stepped out" of art. In the project Archiving Disappearance, this phenomenon is investigated.

The first symposium will take place on the 28th and 29th April 06, in the gallery of Platform. Those invited to participate in the project have already been dealing with this subject in various ways and will introduce their research during the event. The complete project will comprise an archive, two symposia and a publication. Krist Gruijthuijsen was a guest of the Istanbul Residency Programme at Platform Garanti from October 05 � March 06 with the support of the FONDS BKVB, the Netherlands.

For information about discounted hotel rates and travel information please contact platform@garanti.com.tr or call +902122932361.

This symposium is supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands, Istanbul; the Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands; The French Cultural Insitute, Istanbul; Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul; the Goethe Institute, Istanbul