Thursday, April 26, 2007

Vahram Aghasyan: Yerevan In Transition

Friday, April 27, 2007, 18:30

The modernistic project was left unfinished in Armenia; it half failed, half remained unfinished.

Vahram Aghasyan's conversation will focus on observations of the failed architecture of Soviet Armenia. It will discuss the transition processes and city building in post Soviet Yerevan taking into account the planning, and the historical, figurative and geopolitical aspects of the construction of the Northern Avenue.

Vahram Aghasyan in a resident of the Istanbul Residency Program at Platform as part of West Asia and Caucuses Program funded in part by the Open Society Institute.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Open Table: Ramazan Bayrakoğlu

April 24, 2007: 18:30
Open Table: Ramazan Bayrakoğlu with Murat Özdemir, Hakan Kırdar and Barış Tanyıldızı.

Open Table is a series of conversations with artists. Each artist is asked to invite guests to the table to discuss his or her work. Open Table is a guest of the Open Library.

April 10 Canan Şenol with Serkan Özkaya, Vahit Tuna and Kamil Senol
March 27 Leyla Gediz with Evrim Altuğ, Erinç Seymen and Meliz Ağazat

Open table is a project conceived by the artist Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Oda Projesi presents: The cloak room FM

April 20, 13:00 - 18:00

Oda Projesi will realize a limited range radio broadcast from the Open Library's cloak room. There will be live interviews as well as archival material. The "quiet" broadcast will revolve around issues of the library.

Bik Van der Pol: books, magazines and systems of distribution

Bik Van der Pol presents printed-matter-projects they are involved in: the Traveling Magazine Table, a project initiated by Nomads & Residents; Past Imperfect Issue 3 and 4, book projects of Bik Van der Pol in collaboration with Casco in Utrecht; Insa Art Space in Seoul; and Fly Me To The Moon, a project consisting of an exhibition, a tour, a publication and a billboard poster placed in the so-called 'mupi's' throughout Amsterdam.

At the end of the evening Banu Cennetoglu will present The List, a recent public space project she realized in Amsterdam. The List, a document that contains the names of 7182 refugees who died within or on the borders of Europe, was displayed as a poster campaign in 110 mupi’s - outdoor advertising sign - throughout the city of Amsterdam for the duration of two weeks, March 14 - March 28, 2007.

Friday, April 13, 2007

April 13, 18:30, Natasa Petresin Video Program I

DISTORTED FABRIC
Curated by Nataša Petrešin
First organized at De Appel, Amsterdam, January 2007


Distorted Fabric traces the production of the plausible in the contemporary art through the videos of various artists and installation by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige which warp our sense and knowledge of reality and render it questionable, odd and alienated. They operate with the categories of the logic of facts and logic of fiction as with two extremes on the same line of experience and thought that can be blurred, not as with two separate entities of experience, copying and mimicking one another. They confront the spectators at first with a subtle confusion, generated by the artistic methods of fabrication of the real, fictionalization of the visual documents or of imposture and decomposition of the first-person-singular narrative. The alienation rendered by the confusion, furthermore, invokes the Brechtian epic theatre of making his audience realise that what it sees on the stage is merely an account of some events that should be watched with critical detachment. As Brecht wrote, "alienation is necessary to all (critical) understanding. When something seems 'the most obvious thing in the world' it means that any attempt to understand the world has been given up." The works in the video screening could be described as being between the subjective documentaries, docu-fictions or autofictive narrations. In a way the works presented are, as Hannah Arendt would call them, "forms of action", since they function as statements that try to change the common belief in the material authenticity of the images and information that construct our daily reality.


VIDEO PROGRAM FOR ISTANBUL:
April 13, 18:30

FICTIONALIZED DOCUMENTS
DURATION: 84’

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: El film el mafkoud (The lost film), 2003 (42’)
Daya Cahen: The Stalin that was played by me, 2006 (15’)
Walid Raad/The Atlas Group: We Can Make Rain but No One Came To Ask, 2005 (17’)
Sebastián Díaz Morales: Lucharemos hasta anular la ley, 2005 (10’)

April 14, 18:30, Natasa Petresin Video Program II and III

DISTORTED FABRIC
Curated by Nataša Petrešin
First organized at De Appel, Amsterdam, January 2007


Distorted Fabric traces the production of the plausible in the contemporary art through the videos of various artists and installation by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige which warp our sense and knowledge of reality and render it questionable, odd and alienated. They operate with the categories of the logic of facts and logic of fiction as with two extremes on the same line of experience and thought that can be blurred, not as with two separate entities of experience, copying and mimicking one another. They confront the spectators at first with a subtle confusion, generated by the artistic methods of fabrication of the real, fictionalization of the visual documents or of imposture and decomposition of the first-person-singular narrative. The alienation rendered by the confusion, furthermore, invokes the Brechtian epic theatre of making his audience realise that what it sees on the stage is merely an account of some events that should be watched with critical detachment. As Brecht wrote, "alienation is necessary to all (critical) understanding. When something seems 'the most obvious thing in the world' it means that any attempt to understand the world has been given up." The works in the video screening could be described as being between the subjective documentaries, docu-fictions or autofictive narrations. In a way the works presented are, as Hannah Arendt would call them, "forms of action", since they function as statements that try to change the common belief in the material authenticity of the images and information that construct our daily reality.

VIDEO PROGRAM II and III FOR ISTANBUL:

2. FABRICATION OF REALITY
DURATION: 28'

Driton Hajredini: Somewhere in Prishtina, 2003 (3’37’’)
Ahmet Öğüt: Cut It Out, 2004 (1’46’’)
SilentCell Network: Looping Hooman Sharifi, 2004 (2’44’’)
Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Judith Hopf: Villa Watch (15’)
Eglė Budvytytė: Secta, 2006 (5’56’’)

3. IMPOSTURE
DURATION: 39'

Jakup Ferri: An Artist Who Cannot Speak English is No Artist, 2003 (3’58’’)
Keren Cytter: The Date Series. 21/5/04, 2004 (5’24’’)
Clemens von Wedemeyer & Maya Schweizer: Rien du tout, 2006 (30’)