Sunday, September 06, 2009

Cultural Agencies Panel

Red Thread
Thursday, September 10, 2009 / 15.30 - 17.30
Ex-Platform Garanti Building - Istiklal Caddesi 136

Presentation and panel discussion including contributions by Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz, Oda Projesi, Shahab Fotouhi, Shahira Issa, Gregory Sholette and William Wells. Moderated by Nina Möntmann.

The panel “Cultural Agencies” seeks to expose new forms of cultural collaboration and institution building. The participants will present projects that have either subverted the conventional infrastructure of cultural institutions for political and social agendas or have deliberately left the comfort of globally networked cultural operations or state-animated cultural infrastructure. Instead, they explore the largely ignored narratives of volatile, local, political, social and cultural contexts. Hidden to the gaze of the outsider, the apparent void is occupied by a multitude of new forms of “agency”, which are informal, semi-formal, familial, kinship based, communal, religious, or political. While lack of funding and support is ubiquitous, the absence of a formal state infrastructure has been counteracted through the combined spirit of free agency, self-help, improvisation, or an expression of simply surviving. Panel presentations will explore the contexts of Cairo, Teheran, the urban transformation of Istanbul, and the Beyond of the centre-specific, cultural bubble.

A project by Cultural Agencies/ Kültürel Aracılar is a non-profit initiative curated by Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz and Oda Projesi. Hosted by Platform Garanti/ Garanti Galeri in collaboration with Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, Städelschule Frankfurt.
The project has been made possible through the generous support of the German Allianz Kulturstiftung and RHYZOM - a collaborative network for local cultural production and trans-local dissemination funded by the European Commission.