Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Subtracting of Zeroes / Mladen Stilinović

September 6 - November 3

Mladen Stilinović lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia, and has been exhibiting since 1975. Researching the interactions between visual and verbal signs and intervening on inexpensive and found material, his projects have assumed a variety of forms: installations, collages, artist books, video, and performance.

In the recent years, Stilinović participated in exhibitions at the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Essl Collection in Vienna, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Tate Modern, Apex Art, New York, the 2003 Venice Biennial, 2006 Sydney Biennial, and Documenta XII.

The exhibition will pivot around the issue of economy with reference to the previous use of Platform's building as a bank in the 1980s. A selection from Stilinović's production of over 70 artist books, from the 1970s to today, will be exhibited in the mezzanine.

Platform has produced a publication in collaboration with Van AbbeMuseum focusing on Stilinović's practice with artist books. The exhibition will be reconfigured in the beginning of 2008 for Van AbbeMuseum in Eindhoven.

Subtracting of Zeroes is realized with the support of the American Center Foundation.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

September 8, Jalal Toufic Lecture

The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster:

This lecture provides an overview of my concept of the withdrawal of tradition past a surpassing disaster. To detect this withdrawal, whether symptomatically or otherwise, one is well advised to look for it in messianic movements as well as in artistic and literary works: “With regard to the surpassing disaster, art acts like the mirror in vampire films: it reveals the withdrawal of what we think is still there. ‘You have seen nothing in Hiroshima’ [Duras/Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour]. Does this entail that one should not record? No. One should record this ‘nothing,’ which only after the resurrection can be available.” We will examine if and how one can record this “nothing,” as well as how to contribute to the resurrection of the withdrawn tradition—without this resurrection tradition becomes a counterfeit of itself.
Jalal Toufic

Jalal Toufic's Concise Biography
Jalal Toufic is a thinker, writer, and artist. He is the author of Distracted (1991; 2nd ed., 2003), (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film (1993; 2nd ed., 2003), Over-Sensitivity (1996), Forthcoming (2000), Undying Love, or Love Dies (2002), Two or Three Things I’m Dying to Tell You (2005), and ‘Âshûrâ’: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (2005). His videos and mixed-media works have been presented in such venues as Artists Space, New York; ICA, London; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel.

Monday, August 13, 2007

September 11, Aneta Szylak Lecture

Aneta Szylak

Aneta Szylak, curator and art theorist, co-founder and currently director of Wyspa Institute of Art - the intellectual environment for contemporary visual culture - in the former Gdansk Shipyard premises in Poland and Vice-President of the Wyspa Progress Foundation. Early in her career, she became interested in participatory practices, which resulted in her commitment today to performativity, contextuality and open, dynamic forms in exhibition- and institution-making. Her long-term involvement in the groundbreaking, alternative and politically involved Gdansk art scene bore fruit in her interest in collective forms of work. In 1998, Ms Szylak founded the Laznia (Bathhouse) Centre for Contemporary Art and was its Director until spring 2001. Her exhibitions were characterised by a strong response towards the cultural, political, social, architectural and institutional context and included in 2006: Ewa Partum: The Legality of Space and Artur Zmijewski: Selected Works at Wyspa and a group show You won’t feel a thing: On Panic, Obsession, Rituality and Anaesthesia in Kunsthaus Dresden. Earlier work includes: Dockwatchers [2005, Wyspa], Palimpsest Museum [2004, I Lodz Biennale], Health & Safety [2004, Wyspa], Architectures of Gender [2003, SculptureCenter, New York], All You Need is Love [2000, CCA Laznia]. Her writings have been published in Aprior Magazine, n.paradoxa, Art Journal, ArtKrush. Art Margins. She co-edited a book The Site of Idea. The Idea of Site [1995] covering the first 10 years of the Gdansk alternative art scene. In 2005, she was given the Jerzy Stajuda Award “for independent and uncompromising curatorial practice”. She has lectured at many art institutions and universities, including New School University, Queens College and New York University, both in NYC. She taught Curatorial Studies at the Jagiellonian University (Krakow) and worked as a guest professor at the Akademie der Bildende Kunste in Mainz, Germany. Currently she is writing her PhD thesis, entitled “The Palimpsest” at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Visual Cultures Department [Curatorial/Knowledge Research PhD]. She is also co-curating with Hiwa K. a series of workshops and an exhibition Estrangement [2007-2009] dealing with cultural translation and dissemination of knowledge between Europe and the Middle East through visual means and the fostering of discourse of cultural competenc

Sunday, August 05, 2007



Laura Steward Heon, Director of SITE Santa Fe and Lance Fung, SITE’s 2008 Biennial curator announced the international partners for the Seventh International Biennial exhibition scheduled to run from June 22 through October 26, 2008.

Fung aims to redefine the paradigm of a biennial through international collaboration by establishing a unique global partnership with a variety of non-profit visual arts organizations that share SITE’s same enthusiasm and commitment to mission. As of press time, he has selected 15 geographically and culturally diverse institutions to participate in the 2008 Biennial. Each partnering organization will propose three artists whose work best represents that institution’s ideological framework and curatorial philosophy. From this group, Mr. Fung will select one artist from each institution to participate in his biennial exhibition. These chosen artists will come to Santa Fe and create a new commissioned work for the Biennial.

Fung commented: 'I want to do more than just another big group exhibition - I want to redefine the biennial through collaboration and offer a new approach in keeping with the history of SITE's Biennials. I want to find other like-minded organizations worldwide that share the same energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to mission that SITE has. My goals are to raise awareness of SITE itself, showcase the flavor of each collaborator, inspire learning, and bring people together for a broad sea-change in visual arts programming.

The international partners for the 2008 SITE Santa Fe Biennial are: Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Victoria; The Power Plant, Toronto; Centre for International Cultural Exchange, Ministry of Culture, P.R.C. Beijing; Ullens Center for the Arts, Beijing' Townhouse, Cairo; Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Milan; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Raster Gallery, Warsaw; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Centro de Arte Santa Mónica (CASM), Barcelona; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (IAIA), Santa Fe