Monday, January 26, 2009

How to Care?

On Support Lecture Series

Jan Verwoert: How to care?

Friday, January 30, 2009, 6.30 pm

Ottoman Bank Museum Conference Hall,
Bankalar Caddesi, 11, Karaköy

In this talk Jan Verwoert will explore how care can be the most particular form of support, the one which makes us return to the question of political ethics: "How can we know what is to be done to make a better life possible for ourselves and others, now and in the future?" To think through the link between indebtedness and empowerment we might recall the story of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova in which she describes how and why she became a writer. Standing outside a Leningrad prison in 1930 where her son was a political prisoner, a woman whose son was also imprisoned, addressed Akhmatova with the question: "Can you speak of this?" She realized that she had to respond yes— indeed she could—and in this moment found herself both indebted and empowered.

To practice a politics of dedication and recognize indebtedness to the other as the condition of your own ability to perform means to acknowledge the importance of care. You perform because you care for
someone or something. This care gives you the strength to act, not least because to not act is out of the question when someone or something you really care for or about requires that you should act. To address this we are faced with a two-fold challenge:
1. to understand the conditions of our agency in order to enable us to define them according to our own terms; and
2. to imagine another logic of agency, an ethos, which could help us defy the social pressure to perform and eschew the promise of the regimented options of consumption.

Jan Verwoert is an art critic based in Berlin. He is a member of the advisory board of the Munich Kunstverein and has been a guest professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the Academy of Umeå, Sweden, and the Royal College of Art, London. Since 2005 he has been a tutor and leader of the Imagined Communities seminar at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Verwoert is a contributing editor to Frieze magazine and also writes regularly about contemporary art for Afterall, Metropolis M, Springerin, and artists' catalogues. He is author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous (One Work) (2006) published by MIT Press/Afterall Books. Verwoert is fascinated by art that is hedonist, romantic, personal, emotional, melodramatic, or humorous; art that articulates desire, deals with the rites of identification or fandom, and explores all that is glamorous, trivial, weird, or perverse about pop culture.

'On Support' is organized by Celine Condorelli and hosted by Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, and is supported by the British Council.

Jan Verwoert's Conference is supported by the Goethe Institute, Istanbul.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Building Democracy

On Support Lectures
Friday, January 23, 2009, 6.30
Andrea Phillips
Ottoman Bank Museum Conference Hall,
Bankalar Caddesi, 11, Karaköy

"The word democracy was not forged by some experts concerned with identifying objective criteria by which to classify forms of government and types of society. On the contrary, it was invented as a term to “indistinguish” things, to show that the power of an assembly of equal men could be nothing but the confusion of a formless and squawking horde, that this latter was to the social order what chaos was to the natural order. To understand democracy is to hear the struggle that is at stake in the word"
Jacques Rancière: Hatred of Democracy, 2007, p.93

Andrea Phillips will expose how most formations of public space – political, cultural, institutional – can be critiqued for the way in which they impose types of action upon their subject. The word democracy, we must remember, implies not only intentions of freedom through open discourse, but also the basic inequalities any democratic process invariably starts from. Accordingly, conceptions of public space are on the one hand based on the democratic idea of free movement and free speech, and on the other, hinged upon the falsification or suppression of these very values.

This talk will focus on the important relationship between public space and democracy, and how it both is articulated by how we behave in the urban environment, and conditions how we move and act within it. The question is weather socially-engaged cultural practices are able to support the formation of public space, and what the nature of such an engagement might be.

Andrea Phillips is Reader in Fine Art, Department of Art, and Director, Curating Architecture, Goldsmiths University. Her research interests focus on contemporary art, architecture and current socio-political thought; as well as movement, mobility and fluidity in contemporary art and political philosophy. Her current research project is a series of seminars and workshops on Curating Architecture which explore the connections between practices of curating – gathering, displaying, distributing, caring for cultural product in its broadest definition – and the practices of architecture (thinking about, constructing, distributing the built environment). Curating Architecture starts from the premise that the routines of artists and architects may share many conceptual and theoretical concerns, particularly in debates around the politics of space, but that contradictions each discipline’s claims are reinforced through their often paradoxical display in the public sphere.

‘On support’ takes its lead from the larger project and ongoing collaboration between Architect Celine Condorelli and Artist-Curator Gavin Wade, ‘Support Structure’, which looks at the systems and structures conditioning how we inhabit our environment.

"On Support’ is supported by the British Council.
Additional support has been provided by the Goethe Institute Istanbul.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Artist Talk / Jacopo Miliani

Friday, January 16, 6:30 p.m.

Jacopo Miliani, current resident at Platform Garanti supported by the Association for the Circuit of the Young Italian Artists (GAI) since November 2008 will speak about his work and his engagement with the residency program.

Using a broad range of different references, Jacopo Miliani's work focuses on the relation between image and representation and their role in the contemporary debate. His research involves the reuse and distortion of images from the art world and cinema and it focuses on topics such as magic, popular culture and collective imagination.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Museum as Kraftwerk: From Cedric Price to the Serpentine Pavilion

“Transdisciplines” Lecture Series - 6:
Hans Ulrich Obrist

January 10, Saturday, 14:00
Garaj Istanbul
Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Caddesi,
Kaymakam Reşat Bey Sokağı, No: 11a Galatasaray
The lecture will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

The “Transdisciplines” lecture series organised by Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti continues with a presentation by Hans Ulrich Obrist. The lecture "Museum as Kraftwerk" will take place at 14:00 at Garaj Istanbul on Saturday, January 10th.

The lecture will unfold a story of institutions from Alexander Dorner's idea of the museum as "kraftwerk”, via Cedric Price's “Fun Palace”, to end with the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion series conceived by Serpentine Gallery Director, Julia Peyton-Jones, in 2000, which provides a peerless model for commissioning architecture with its 24-Hour Intellectual Marathons hosted and initiated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in Zurich in May 1968. He joined the Serpentine Gallery as Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects in April 2006. Prior to this post he was Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris from 2000, as well as curator of the Museum in Progress, Vienna, from 1993-2000. He has curated over 150 exhibitions internationally since 1991, including Take Me, (I’m Yours), Cities on the Move, Live/Life, Nuit Blanche, 1st Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 1, and more recently Uncertain States of America, 1st Moscow Triennale, 2nd Guangzhou Triennale and the Lyon Biennale. In 2007, Hans Ulrich Obrist co-curated Il Tempo del Postino with Philippe Parreno for the Manchester International Festival. In the same year, the Van Alen Institute awarded Obrist the New York Prize Senior Fellowship for 2007-2008.

The lecture by Hans Ulrich Obrist is generously supported by the British Council.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Artist Talk: Jeremiah Day

Contact Improvisation / News Animations

The work of Steve Paxton and Simone Forti

Wednesday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Postmodern dance emerged in a unique moment of interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange in American arts – composers like Terry Riley, Steve Reich mingled with sculptors like Richard Serra, and visual artists like Robert Morris and Walter de Maria worked in dance. This unstable moment produced new forms and models in all of the arts, but the underlying shared assumption that there would be some new relationship to the public was ultimately proved wrong – we still go to theaters and white cube galleries. With the brief exception of Earthworks, really only one art form was able to break away from "the art world" – Steve Paxton's invention Contact Improvisation.

In this informal presentation, Jeremiah Day will show videos of Contact Improvisation and discuss Steve Paxton's artistic evolution. Also, he will present the work of Paxton's peer Simone Forti. Forti's work differed from the rest of her minimalist peers in that she ultimately returned to the problem of "subject matter." Day will show a few examples of her "News Animations" which offer a unique model for engaging politics in art.

Platform Garanti
Contemporary Art Center
Istiklal Cad. No: 115A, Beyoglu
Istanbul, 34430, Turkey
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Friday, January 02, 2009

The Bosphorus of My Mind /Christoph Keller

Artist Talk
Jan 2, 18:30

Garanti Galeri
Istiklal Cad. No:115A
Beyoglu, Istanbul

Christoph Keller, the Berlin Senate resident in Istanbul for the last 6 month will speak about his art practice.