Thursday, July 24, 2008

Politics of Visibility/ Poetics of the Political...

Helena Chávez Mac Gregor

Politics of Visibility/ Poetics of the Political
Re-thinking the relationship between art and politics

Tuesday, July 29
18:30 - 20:00

Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center
Istiklal Cad. No: 115A, Beyoglu
3rd Floor

Platform Garanti CAC is hosting the lecture series The Configuration of the Subjectivity: Aesthetics and Politics in collaboration with the Cura Bodrum Residency Program. The first lecturer Helena Chávez Mac Gregor will give a talk entitled Politics of Visibility/ Poetics of the Political in which she will raise the question 'How to play between politics and the poetical?' In her talk she will investigate how politics and art establish different configurations and possibilities of action and reaction, and the aesthetic relationship between politics and art.

Helena Chávez Mac Gregor (México, 1979) studied Philosophy in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and won the 2004 Norman Sverlin prize with her thesis The art experience: Walter Benjamin and the art of distrust. She has a Master’s degree in Aesthetics and Contemporary Art Theory from the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona where she made research in the field of aesthetical and political possibilities engaged in the thought of Jacques Derrida. She has participated in numerous seminars and has worked with Suely Rolnik, Brian Holmes, Benjamin Buchloh and Cuauhtémoc Medina. She is currently working on her PhD in Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with a project on the possibilities of experience in the re-thinking of aesthetics and politics as forms for the configuration of subjectivity. She writes for art magazines including Curare and Código (México), Lanzallamas (Chile) and CasaZine (The Netherlands).

Cura Bodrum Residency (August 2008)
A group of cultural producers from diverse academic and geographic backgrounds are invited to Golturkbuku, for the first addition of Cura Bodrum Residency, 2008. During the month of August, they will live together and reflect on the contemporary landscape. Some of the issues that will be discussed are : the privatization of public space in relation to tourism, potentials of site-specific intervention and propositions for cultural, ecological and economic sustainibillity. The program will be supported by public talks, workshops and screenings of experimental documentaries and art videos.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

architecture without architecture

A conversation Kim Förster & Pelin Tan
Saturday, 5th July 2008 / at 4:30 pm
Platform Garanti
4th Floor

Kim Förster, the co-editor of the political architectural journal An Architektur and Pelin Tan, the co-editor of “Muhtelif” contemporary art magazine and StudioKahem "innocent act" architecture magazine will talk about architecture and cultural critique.

Kim Förster lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied American Studies as well as Human Geography at Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany. Förster is a PhD candidate at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Architecture of the ETH Zurich, where he also teaches and researches as an assistant at a chair for Architectural Theory. His thesis is on a sociology and history of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York (1967-1984). Since 2002 he is co-editing the political architectural journal An Architektur.

Pelin Tan lives and works in Istanbul. She studied Sociology in Ankara University and Art History in Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences, History of Art, Architecture Faculty of ITU. Her thesis is on the concept of "locality" of art practices in spatial context. Tan is the co-editor of Muhtelif contemporary art magazine, StudioKahem "innocent act" architecture magazine (October, 2007) and the book "Public Space and Contemporary Art" published by Bilgi Univesity in 2007. She will be a guest proffessor in Nüernberg University at Architecture postgraduate program in winter 2008.