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.