Event 1 / 16 Beaver Group / Workshop at the US Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan / June 24, 2010*
*click here to see 16 Beaver Group's
communication for the event
For the first event, AND AND AND has invited the New York-based 16 Beaver Group. For the AND AND AND series, 16 Beaver Group will be taking part in and organizing a discussion on June 24, 2010 at the US Social Forum (USSF) taking place in Detroit, Michigan. The event is intended to put into question the role of art in relation to the multitude of social movements and political struggles taking place today.
Time: Thursday June 24, 2010 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: 42° 19' 38.6508" N, 83° 2' 53.5776" W
Address: 1 Washington Blvd, Cobo Hall, Room DO-02A
The event is free with USSF registration ($10)
http://www.16beavergroup.org | http://www.ussf2010.org/ | http://www.documenta.de/
Event 2 / François Bucher / Expedition to the Photographic Plateau in Marcahuasi, Peru / August 11, 2010
||For the second event, AND AND AND has invited the Berlin based Colombian artist François Bucher. For the AND AND AND series, Bucher will be embarking on his second expedition to a place he has named the "photographic plateau" taking the cue from a decade long investigation (1952 - 1960) of a largely unknown author called Daniel Ruzo. Ruzo discovered the rock formations in the mountain as sculptures that only reveal their hidden images in a certain time of the day and a certain time of the year, according to the cycles of the sun and the placement of the observer. This type of “disappearing figuration” suggests an epistemological metaphor for Bucher, which in its turn leads him to another researcher: the Mexican Jacobo Grinberg-Zylberbaum, a scientist from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico who disappeared without a trace in 1994, as he was investigating amongst other things, the notion of an “informational matrix” that would explain the phenomena of shamanism in which he had actively partaken. The link between Ruzo and Grinberg becomes thus a focus of this second expedition to the Photographic Plateau.
Time: Wednesday August 11, 2010
Location: 11° 47' 19.6800" S, 76° 34' 24.2400 W
|Event 3 / Discussion Considering Contemporary Art Institutions in a Post-Soviet Context / Yerevan, Armenia / August 17, 2010
||This summer, for the 5th consecutive year, the Armenian chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-Armenia) will host its Summer Seminars for Art Curators. This year's event entitled 'Aesthetic Communities and Contextual Translation of Communal Art' attempts to consider the question of the changing conditions of reception of artistic works, using remnants from the Soviet legacy and the contemporary post-Soviet context as a backdrop for such an inquiry.
The disintegration of the Socialist countries and the Soviet Union produced massive transformations which are still underway. Candy colored revolutions interspersed with increasingly manufactured conflicts are the most extreme manifestations of the struggles and disagreements which remain an intrinsic part of those processes. In each of these countries, the attempts to re-articulate new histories and futures, often based on a national identity, have implicated culture as a central part of that battleground. Such projections also have implicated the changing of curriculums, changing conditions for the production / reception of artistic practices and sometimes the construction of new institutions for art.
Given the larger questions concerning these transformations, as well as the specific focus of this year's summer seminars, AND AND AND has proposed to organize a roundtable discussion at the Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (NPAK) in Yerevan. The discussion will involve artists and organizers within the Armenian context, who have attempted over the last few decades to construct institutions for contemporary artistic practice, ranging from contemporary art centers to schools, biennials, or less formal associations. The questions will hover around the role that such institutions play or are attempting to play within these larger transformations and struggles.
Where is the place of contemporary art today? What can an art school or a contemporary art center best do in a place such as Yerevan, Armenia - given its histories, the specific concerns and struggles present today, as well as its shared place in regional and global processes?
Time: Tuesday August 17, 2010 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: 40° 10' 32.1600" N, 44° 31' 4.4400"E
Address: Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, 1/3 Pavstos Biuzand Blvd.
http://www.naac.am | http://www.aica.am | http://www.accea.info | http://www.documenta.de
|Event 4 / Twin Towers Go Global & Pedro Lasch /
Three Anniversary Reports / September 11, 2010*
*click here to see the statement by TTGG & Pedro Lasch announcing their collaboration
||For the fourth event, AND AND AND has invited US-based Mexican artist Pedro Lasch. For the AND AND AND series, Lasch will create three special 9/11 anniversary reports (2010, 2011, 2012), all of them related to the recent announcement of his participation in the Twin Towers Go Global (TTGG) initiative. For Pedro Lasch, it is important to call attention to efforts contemporary artists make to forge ties with organizations attempting to make real changes in the world. He states, "I am thrilled to be working with TTGG. Artists today cannot sit on the sidelines as decisions are being made about the fate of the world. If someone has decided that the Twin Towers of New York are to be duplicated in different cities around the world, why shouldn't artists or architects get involved to make sure it gets done right? TTGG's challenge to help develop plans for new WTC buildings in New Orleans and Kabul, for example, is formidable." – Find the full statement by Lasch and the announcement of his selection by TTGG at the link below.
Time: September 11, 2010.
City: New Orleans, Liverpool, Kabul, Budapest, others to be announced.
Country: U.S.A., U.K., Afghanistan, Hungary, others to be announced.
Address: See specific city or town
http://www.twintowersgoglobal.org | http://www.documenta.de
Event 5 / Vladimir Volnovik / An Address to the city of Tbilisi / Summer 2010*
*click here to see text by Vladimir Volnovik
||For the fifth event, AND AND AND has invited the New York based Georgian artist Vladimir Volnovik. For the AND AND AND series, Volnovik used the context of his return to his hometown of Tbilisi and his participation in an event entitled 'Frozen Moments: Architecture Speaks Back' to look at the city, its architectural developments, its social and political conditions with what he and others have referred to as "20/20 vision." Volnovik states, "We lived through 20 years of so-called communism and 20 years of so-called capitalism and maybe, this is the moment that we can briefly see things most clearly." An iteration of his project and his contribution to the AND AND AND series can be found in the following attachment.
Time: Summer 2010
Location: 41°41'55"N 44°47'44"E
http://ruinsofourtimes.wordpress.com | http://www.documenta.de
Event 6 / Lu Cafausu / Pilgrimage to San Cesario di Lecce / November 2, 2010*
*click here to see Lu Cafausu communication
||For the sixth event, AND AND AND has invited the Italian artist collective composed of Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese and Cesare Pietroiusti. For the AND AND AND series, the artists – in collaboration with Luigi Presicce – propose to turn the November 2 traditional celebration of the Dead, into a new holiday: “La Festa dei Vivi (che riflettono sulla morte)”, "The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)". For this celebration, the artists want to invite those who are interested to be part of a pilgrimage, probably the shortest and slowest in the world, that will depart from its destination (rather than arriving to it), Lu Cafausu in San Cesario di Lecce.
Lu Cafausu is a mysterious small building, an architectural remnant that the artists have elected as a source of metaphors and narratives. It is “an imaginary place that really exists” around which the presence of death is floating. Any day, the small building can in fact be demolished to accommodate more parking space for cars, or can also fall apart due to its precariousness. It could also be turned and frozen into a monument. Because of this feeling of the presence of death, Lu Cafausu is an ideal place for a new celebration. “La Festa dei Vivi” is for those who, in order to give sense to life, reflect upon death; their own, "first and foremost."
Time: Tuesday November 2, 2010 - 10 am
City: San Cesario di Lecce
Location: 40°18'1"N 18°9'43"E
Address: via C.F. Barbieri, 52
http://lucafausu.tk | http://www.documenta.de
|Event 7 / The Meta-Device / Istanbul, Turkey / November 25, 2010
||For the seventh event AND AND AND has facilitated a discussion entitled: The Meta-Device.
The invitation which was distributed to local activists and individuals involved in the cultural sphere read:
Over the last two decades the number of large scale international art exhibitions have increased four-fold. With this steady proliferation, the form itself has attracted critical interest as well as scrutiny. Short of opening up an academic department devoted to such inquiries in art schools or schools of economics, there is a growing interest in understanding how these large scale exhibitions connect to, disturb, channel, soften or crystallize conflicts within various social, political, and economic processes. What is the function of large scale art events? What (if anything) can be done with them? Can a reflection on these events and exhibitions serve as the doorway for entering and exploring some of the double binds and impasses of artistic production today? Can such a discussion open up a space for considering art's relation to broader economic, ecological, social, and political challenges? We would like to propose to use the city of Istanbul, with its multiplicity of historical and contemporary tensions, and two overlapping colloquia, one on 'Art and Desire' and the second 'Remembering Istanbul: A Conference on the history of the Istanbul Biennial,' as the context for such a conversation. This event will be an effort at a more distributed and horizontal public conversation. Although efforts will be made to invite specific individuals, there will be no keynote speakers.
Time: Tuesday November 25, 2010 - 6:30 pm
Location: 41°1'54.79"N 28°58'46.23"E
Address: Hayriye Caddesi 12, Galatasaray, Beyoglu
http://resistanbul.wordpress.com/ | http://direnistanbul.wordpress.com/ | http://www.documenta.de
|Event 8 / Oumayma Khaled / Considering Art and Culture in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia / Tunis / May 24, 2011
||For the eigth event AND AND AND* has invited the artist Oumayma Khaled to help organize a discussion considering art and culture in post-revolutionary Tunisia.
The event is inspired by discussions on Avenue Habib Bourguiba after the January 14th Revolution, in which citizens discuss and debate in informal circles, spontaneously, their political positions, their ideals, and their ideas concerning the reorganization of life in this moment in Tunisia. It has been asked, can there be a revolutionary art without revolutionary times? Oumayma Khaled would like to reverse this question and ask the discussants, can one undergo a revolutionary process without that process also impacting the art that is being produced? Amidst the historic changes impacting North Africa, the Mediterranean and Middle East Regions, one wonders how a political redistribution of sensibilities and modes of doing impacts those who work within the realm of art. What kinds of concerns, subjects, works emerge or are called for in this revolutionary moment? On May 24, 2011, at the artist initiated independent cultural space Aykart, a group of individuals will meet to begin addressing these questions. All those who are interested are encouraged to attend.
Time: May 24, 2011, 5 pm
Location: +36° 48' 48.72", +10° 10' 4.72"
Address:Aykart: 1 Rue Mikhail Noaima El Omrane (Bab el Asal) 1005 Tunis
http://www.aykart.com/ | http://www.documenta.de
Event 9 /
Twin Towers Go Global & Pedro Lasch /
Second Anniversary Report: The Open Call / September 11, 2011*
*click here to see the full report by Pedro Lasch and the results of the TTGG competition
||For the ninth event, AND AND AND is presenting the second intervention by US-based Mexican artist Pedro Lasch.
For the AND AND AND series, Lasch is creating three special 9/11 anniversary reports (2010, 2011, 2012), all of them related to the Twin Towers Go Global (TTGG) initiative. This Second Report focuses on the TTGG's recent “Open Call”, a competition where people were invited to imagine the Twin Towers rebuilt around the world. Almost sixty proposals were submitted between July 31 and September 2, 2011. Five winners were selected by a specialized jury, and another five through an international public vote. The ten finalists were initially announced at the opening reception of Lasch's Phantom Limbs exhibition in New York (September 7 – October 9, 2011), and they are now shared through this international public announcement: 1. Roman Reyna for Dallas, 2. Margaret Donovan, 3. Kyong Park, 4. Mirwais Hotak, 5. Gareth Roberts, 6. Bosch Fawstin, 7. Joyce Green, 8. Joe Compean, 9. Al-Ahram Weekly's 'Ossama', 10. Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson. All of these proposals are featured in detail in the report.
Find the full report by Lasch and the results of the TTGG competition by clicking here.
Date: September 11, 2011
City: New York, New Orleans, Paris, Liverpool, Baghdad, Budapest, among many others.
Country: U.S.A., U.K., Hungary, Iraq, among many others.
http://www.twintowersgoglobal.org | http://www.documenta.de
Event 10 /
Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street / New York / Occupation began September 17, 2011 – ongoing *
*click here to read the statement to OWS General Assembly and Affinity Groups
||For the tenth event, AND AND AND returns to the United States in solidarity with the Occupation of Wall Street.
As a part of an effort to interrogate and diversify the mode of communication of the dOCUMENTA (13) press office, AND AND AND has asked d(13) to send the following letter written October 4, 2011 and addressed to the General Assembly and Affinity Groups of Occupy Wall Street.
Date: Occupation Began September 17, 2011 – ongoing
City: New York
Location: 40° 42'34" N, 74° 00'41" W
Address: Liberty Plaza (For further information contact projects [at] andandand.org)
http://www.nycga.cc | http://www.documenta.de
|Event 11 / Taisha Paggett and Ashley Hunt / Safety Words / Houston / June 27 – 30, 2011*
*click here to read
by Taisha Paggett
and Ashley Hunt
||For the eleventh AND AND AND event, Taisha Paggett and Ashley Hunt brought their collaborative project, “ON MOVEMENT, THOUGHT AND POLITICS,” to the Third Ward community of Houston and the residents of Project Row Houses.
They initiated a workshop designed to arrive at creative solutions to theft, following incidents that had recently increased in the area. Their project was originally developed for raising questions of power and agency within different social settings by applying the resources of their respective creative practices — dance, visual art, teaching, community organizing and activism. In this case, they set out to lead a workshop that draws upon concepts and strategies of the global anti-prison movement, which questions prisons and policing as reasonable methods for dealing with harm and violence.
As with all of the AND AND AND events,' the communication' of the work is not separate from the realized action; it is, part of it. Please click here to read the full text.
http://www.projectrowhouses.org | http://www.ashleyhuntwork.net | http://www.taishapaggett.net | http://www.documenta.de
Date: June 27 – 30, 2011
Location: 29° 43' 54.52" N, 95° 21' 53.19" W
Address: Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman St
|Event 12 / Federico Zukerfeld and Loreto Garin Guzmán / Crisis & Representation / Buenos Aires / December 19 and 20, 2011*
*click here to read
the communication from Federico Zukerfeld and Loreto Garin Guzmán
|For the twelfth event, AND AND AND has invited Loreto Garin Guzmán (Chile) and Federico Zukerfeld (Argentina) cofounders of the group Etcetera… and members of the International Errorist movement.
For the AND AND AND series, the artists propose a collective wandering in and around the gardens and buildings which surround the public park Parque Centenario, Buenos Aires, in the framework of the 10th Anniversary of the Argentina Social Uprising of December 19 and 20, 2001.
Argentina before 2001 was a laboratory of neoliberal capitalism, an early example of the barbarism which was produced by adjustments, spending cuts and privatizations. The country plunged into a dark burrow as a result of its submission to the decisions of international lending organizations and the pressure of the markets (with the complicity of local agents). The Argentine experiment exemplified what “a country must not do” as its people suffered (and are still suffering) the consequences of these policies. Today, 10 years later, the country is re-introduced into the world as “an example of how a country can get out of the crisis.” As a big paradox of this mirror effect, all those measures which are applied right now in the entire world are exactly the same measures Argentina took immediately before the social economic crash.
The CRISIS & REPRESENTATION experiment plays a social readymade in a contextual displacement: it happens around the gardens and buildings which surround the public park Parque Centenario. The biggest assembly of all the neighborhoods (asamblea interbarrial) took place in this park in 2001. Today, the park is full of fences, and on the site where the assembly took place, there is a mix of flea market / popular fair and young cultural underground spaces (for cooking, drinking, playing music, etc.). The “party” of consumerism and precarious commerce continues as a mirror space of crisis and recovery. Taking “mirror” as a metaphorical and conceptual key, the whole project is organized and developed according to physical optical phenomena: the refraction, reflection and interferences as analogies of social processes to build up collective memory and identity.
The project will be launched as a mediumship experience in recent memory, invoking those rebel spirits from the former assembly (now converted into a flea market). It then continues, between dinosaurs around the galleries of the Natural Science Museum celebrating the fall of the Tyrannosaurus, with an anthropophagic picnic-talk, searching communal interpretations of the transformations in the discourses and narratives. Then back again in the park gardens, in a little soccer field, an improvised football match-debate: the militant sport game where “everyone plays in the same team.” The walk finishes at sunset with a stellar performance, in the telescope of the Astronomical Observatory, which allows the enjoyment of both faces of the Moon (and Jupiter) looking up to the new constellation which grows from the oldest cosmogonies of the marxian re-evolution. To read the pdf, please click here.
Date: December 19 and 20, 2011
City: Buenos Aires
Location: 34º 36' 24''S 58º 26' 9'' O
Address: Parque Centenario
dOCUMENTA (13) is not responsible for the views or factual claims expressed by the artists and artworks it presents.
** “Since the social crisis of December 19 and 20, 2001, all the parks and other public spaces in Buenos Aires began to be enclosed with fences and security cameras. The guards blow their whistles to control and kick people out of the parks. The action consisted in distributing hundreds of whistles among the people, blowing them at the same time as the security guards and thus creating an urban sound intervention against repression and for the free use of public spaces.” (Frederico Zukerfeld and Loreto Garin Guzmán)
http://crisisrepresentacion.wordpress.com | http://www.documenta.de
|Event 13 / The Compass of the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor / The Monsanto Hearings / Carbondale IL; Chicago IL; Iowa City IA; others TBA / January 28, 2012
||For the thirteenth AND AND AND event, the Compass of the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor will initiate a series of public hearings in order to constitute a trial against the Monsanto Corporation. In four locations in the American Midwest, people will be invited to testify, witness and listen; to offer sounds, images, material artifacts and arguments for inclusion in a discovery process.
The group writes:
“Our focus is on Monsanto’s role in transforming and damaging the ecologies, economies, and social relations of this region. Proceedings will unfold in several stages, and as the deliberation process builds, it will add to the accumulating record of harms perpetrated by this corporation against human and non-human bodies, food, biological processes, weeds, neighborhoods, farmers, alternative forms of knowledge, and finally the environment from which all these entities emerge.
Through this project, we challenge rigid categories of legal protection, and seek an ethics that protects life itself from coercion. We invoke the form of a trial to produce a comprehensive public understanding of harms, and to determine responsibility for those harms. Existing judiciary frameworks are inadequate to the scale and nature of the ongoing damages perpetrated by Monsanto, which, under current law, is granted the rights of a legitimate “person,” while human non-citizens and non-human agents in our biosphere are not recognized. Existing law produces exclusive notions of legitimacy and harm that ignore and damage entities that do not favor a reductive calculus of profit.
http://www.midwestradicalculturecorridor.net | http://www.documenta.de
Our proposition is to consider all living things as potential plaintiffs in an accounting of Monsanto’s crimes. We submit to public review impacts that are experienced materially and culturally, in the past, the present and extending into our shared future. By expanding notions of legal standing and of legitimate harm, we assert our interdependence. The urgent question is: what will it take to safeguard the interlocked nature of the world against criminally reckless corporate priority?"
The first hearing will take place at:
Time: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 11 am
City: Carbondale IL; Chicago IL; Iowa City IA; others TBA
Location: 37° 43′ 35.11″ N, 89° 13′ 12.97″ W
Address: Lesar Law Building Courtroom, Carbondale
|Event 14 / Commoning in Kassel / Meeting 1 / On the Necessity of Sustainable Food Cultures and Practices / Heidrun Hubenthal and Jürgen Heß / February 28, 2012
||For the Fouteenth AND AND AND event, the Commoning in Kassel Initiative will initiate a series of public meetings in order to consider together what exactly constitutes a commons and potentials for practices of commoning in Kassel.
Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 7 pm
Location: 51° 18' 50.83" N, 9° 29' 50.60" E
|Event 15 / Commoning in Kassel / Meeting 2 / Kassel Initiatives / April 3, 2012
||For the Fifteenth AND AND AND event, the Commoning in Kassel Initiative follows up on a series of public meetings intended to connect various initiatives in the city oriented around producing commons and engendering practices of commoning in Kassel.
Time: Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 7 pm
Location: 51° 18' 18.36" N, 9° 29' 22.88" E
Address: Kunsthochschule Kassel
The first Commoning in Kassel meeting took place at the Friedricianum on February 28, 2012.
|Event 16 / The Compass of the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor / The Monsanto Hearings / Iowa City IA / April 21, 2012
||For the sixteenth AND AND AND event, the Compass of the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor will continue its series of public hearings against the Monsanto Corporation.
The Monsanto Hearings:
The Compass of the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor has initiated a series of public hearings in order to constitute a trial against the Monsanto Corporation. In a series of preliminary hearings, people will be invited to testify, witness and listen; to offer sounds, images, material artifacts and arguments for inclusion in a discovery process. Our focus is on Monsanto’s role in transforming and damaging the ecologies, economies, and social relations of this region. Proceedings will unfold in several stages, and as the deliberation process builds, it will add to the accumulating record of harms perpetrated by this corporation against human and non-human bodies, food, biological processes, weeds, neighborhoods, farmers, alternative forms of knowledge, and finally the environment from which all these entities emerge.
Through this project, we challenge rigid categories of legal protection, and seek an ethics that protects life itself from coercion. We invoke the form of a trial to produce a comprehensive public understanding of harms and to determine responsibility for those harms. Existing judiciary frameworks are inadequate to the scale and nature of the ongoing damages perpetrated by Monsanto, which, under current law, is granted the rights of a legitimate “person,” while human noncitizens and nonhuman agents in our biosphere are not recognized. Existing law produces exclusive notions of legitimacy and harm that ignore entities and damages that do not favor a reductive calculus of profit.
Our proposition is to consider all living things as potential plaintiffs in an accounting of Monsanto’s crimes. We submit to public review impacts that are experienced materially and culturally, in the past, the present and extending into our shared future. By expanding notions of legal standing and of legitimate harm, we assert our interdependence within the natural world. The urgent question is: what will it take to safeguard the interlocked nature of nature against criminally reckless corporate priority?
Time: Saturday April 21, 2012, 11 AM (Second Preliminary Hearing)
City: Iowa City, IA.
Location: 41°39'25.85"N, 91°32'34.80"W
Address: Boyd Law Building, 130 Byington Road, Iowa City, IA
The first preliminary hearing took place in Carbondale IL on January 28, 2012.
Future hearings are planned for Chicago and other cities to be announced
http://www.midwestradicalculturecorridor.net | http://www.documenta.de
Event 17 / Rheim Alkadhi / Call for participants and their shoes to walk across the Arab city (Measuring the influence of motion on the pitch of sound) / Amman / May 4, 2012
||For the seventeenth AND AND AND event, the artist Rheim Alkadhi proposes the following :
Call for participants
Refugees, exiles, third citizens, political prisoners, migrant workers, abandoned lovers, domestic servants, hunger strikers, dreamers, non-status individuals, the poor, the disabled, the Sisterhood, the dispossessed, sexual outcasts, displaced intellectuals, anarchists, telepathic artists, etc.
We need your conscience! Tomorrow we will attach fitted metal plates and vegetable graters to the bottom of our shoes. The effort should be ordinary; who could argue for the uncommonness of shoes? In these shoes we produce the feature of sound by the very act of walking, an accessible attempt at poetry by way of alternately placing one foot in front of the other.
We will begin from Jabal Nasr ("Mount Victory," artifact of revolutionary hope, now a permanent refugee camp). From such victory, we begin humbled, continuing on, then marching along a protest already taking place downtown, continuing further on, past all the revolving circles and ministries, all the embassies that benefit empire, past soldiers, police, and mukhabarat.
We choose to do this here: at the circus-crossroads of senseless wars, brutal occupations, colonial monarchies, delayed mobilities, refugee camps, revolutions, uprisings, and the contemporary participant. Whether we (as contemporary participants) are one or many, we will walk with our metal soles scraping paved and unpaved surfaces, generating audible human movement.
Duration is set according to the time it takes until we are to able to walk through walls, or until they crumble, until we can walk through borders, or until borders are subsumed by the dust of obsolescence. Until then, we adhere to walking on a noisy, varying, directional path. We will stop to sip water from a plastic bottle before continuing further on.
Date: May 4, 2012
Location: 31º 57'32" N, 35º 58'08" E
Address: Radiating out from Nasr Square, Jabal Nasr
http://picturesclerk.net/ | http://www.documenta.de
| Event 18 / Bik Van der Pol and Jan van de Pavert / Everyone For Themselves / Rotterdam / May 9-13, 2012
||For the eighteenth AND AND AND, Bik Van der Pol and Jan van de Pavert have prepared the following introduction:
Everyone For Themselves
Discussing the Ethics and Economics of Art A day-long symposium (Saturday, May 12), workshop (Wednesday, May 9), with homework week leading up (May 9-13)
Is it possible to track, follow, and make transparent the flow of capital in the contemporary art world? What are the ethical frameworks of operation behind the scenes of various public art institutions, exhibitions, including biennales and the documenta, and even the more evident and open ones of art fairs, and how are they shaped and informed by the financial crisis now? Can we draw conclusions on what is being produced, in which context it is being produced, and on what becomes visible and what remains hidden during the process? What is the distinct role of the market - both historically, today, and in the future - in all of this, and how is our perception influenced?
As cyclical crises, such as in the early 1980s in the Netherlands, have popped up time and again, almost as a "natural" part of economic dynamics, resulting in renewed demands for hybrid models that reinforce neo-liberal paradigms and solutions for the public domain, and as the cuts in arts funding are about to be applied in the Netherlands once again at the start of 2013, different players in the cultural field are set in a new relation to each other, in a shared arena of competition, confronted with the choice to either compete or collaborate."
Everyone for Themselves consists of a school of homework, from May 9-13, a workshop on May 9, and a day-long symposium on May 12. All activities are held at Witte de With, Rotterdam.
The points of departure for the project are twofold: Prisoner's Dilemma, a film by the artist Richard Serra made in 1974 where concepts from game theory are used; and the two documentaries about 4. documenta and documenta 5 made by film maker Jef Cornelis. The documentaries were broadcasted by VRT, a Belgian public television station on August 13, 1968 (4. documenta) and July 28, 1972 (documenta 5).
A further point of reference is the upcoming publication New Games, by writer Pamela Lee in which the author reflects on interactivity in contemporary art in terms of the principles of game theory and its relation to current debates on the political and the social during neo-liberalism.
Key topics to be explored in Everyone for Themselves are the accelerated relationship between the art-market and public funding, the shaping of freedom as an ideological illusion, and the deliberate programming of choices. This first edition of "Everyone for Themselves" marks the beginning of the series of collaborative events and workshops dedicated to the research, presentation, and discussion of economic and ethical developments in the field of contemporary art. It was initiated by artists Bik Van der Pol and Jan van de Pavert, and has been developed in collaboration with Liesbeth Levy (Artistic Director, De Unie) and Defne Ayas (Director, Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art).
Date: May 9-13, 2012
Location 1: 51° 55' 8.40" N, +4° 28' 20.94" E
Address 1: De Unie, Mauritsweg 35, 3012 JT
Location 2: 51° 54' 55.72" N, 4° 28' 37.42" E
Address 2: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR
For further details about the program and the different sessions of the symposium, please see the linked pdf.
| Event 19 / Jakob Jakobsen / The Antiuniversity Research Project / London / January 1, 2012 - May 1, 2013
||During the 100 days of dOCUMENTA (13), AND AND AND will be hosting and organizing an open and experimental public program with artists, activists, farmers, students, thinkers, residents, and visitors from Kassel and beyond. Tthis program will interweave philosophical, poetical, political, practical, pedagogical, psychical, and physical zones of inquiry in one space/time. The program is grounded in a conviction that, today, all fields of human activity must critically re-examine the values, assumptions, and modalities of doing. How do contemporary distributions of roles and competencies reproduce, every day, systems which are creating immense harm, inequality, and destroying the common bases of life? How to instead produce cultures of the common(s)? What kinds of refusals and revocations are called for? What practices could engender and support non-capitalist life? All of the conversations, learn-ins, un-workshops, and other in-activities which take as their horizon these three notions—common(s), revocation, non-capitalist life—are informed and anchored by a series of interventions, situations, and occurrences which have been organized by various artists since 2010.
In advance of this program, for the nineteenth AND AND AND, Jakob Jakobsen writes the following introduction:
“The Antiuniversity Research Project is a project I organized in collaboration with Mayday Rooms in London. Mayday Rooms describes itself as ‘a safe house for vulnerable archives and historical material linked to social movements, experimental culture, and marginalised figures and groups. A site for gathering, holding, and animating documents and idioms of dissent which continue to offer a critically productive and emancipatory relation to the turbulent present.’
As one of the decentralised and affiliated projects within the AND AND AND network it has been going on for six months and will continue to May 2013
The Antiuniversity of London was a self-organised institution founded in 1968 at 49 Rivington Street in East London. Research on this project has so far been relatively limited, and the activities, achievements and collapse of the Antiuniversity still lie very much in the dark. The project developed from the so-called anti-psychiatry movement, an experimental milieu that emerged in the UK and in Italy in the early 1960s. It sought to develop a critique of the ideological nature of the relationship between mental illness and normality, and to abolish the boundary between the institutionalised and the ‘normal.’
The London Antiuniversity is of interest today due to its mixture of radical politics, institutional critique, revolutionary art and emancipatory education. In the midst of a situation where these fields are increasingly being isolated in specialized enclaves and undergoing professionalisation and economization, it is of importance to get a closer understanding of the integration of these fields that the London Antiuniversity set out to achieve in praxis.
The London Antiuniversity opened its doors in February 1968 with an extensive prospectus, which included courses on everything from off-set printing to group therapy and experimental music. Yoko Ono, R.D. Laing, John Latham, Gustav Metzger, Alexander Trocchi and Carolee Schneeman were among the many who offered courses. R.D. Laing, for example, presented his course in this way: 'Psychology and religion - Exposition of some descriptions of 'inner' space in Greek, Christian and Egyptian mythologies. Two lectures: 10 May and 7 June 8.30pm.' Carolee Schneeman's course was described as follows: 'A happening - Will meet with people with a view to creating something that could be performed at the Anti-University itself. Intensive number of meetings for one month from June 24th.' And, the course of one of the founders of the Antiuniversity, Dr. Joseph Berke, was described thus: 'Anti-institutions research project - Theory and practice of anti-university, anti-hospital, anti-theater, anti-family (the commune) and the underground media. The meetings will be concerned with formulating and carrying out specific action projects of use in illuminating the development of a counter-society.'
As an anti-institution, hierarchies in the surrounding society were challenged and all the arrangements for teaching and daily life at Rivington Street were subject to lengthy discussions involving all those who participated in the project.
Likewise, the relationship between teacher and student became the subject of radical questioning. Students became teachers and in turn teachers took part in other courses as students. The aim was to obliterate the difference between teacher and students; their roles were constantly challenged - as when composer Cornelius Cardew refused to play for the students because he believed that students should produce their own music. Or, as in the case of John Latham, where everyone in the community had to take part in transforming the classroom into a large book sculpture.
During the course of 1968 the building on Rivington Street became a commune with students living in the classrooms fully in line with the project's initial experimental nature, but eventually the deinstitutionalisation of the Antiuniversity led to a lack of funding. Within six months, the Antiuniversity left the premises at Rivington Street, but continued as a decentralised and deinstitutionalised university with meetings in people's homes. The decentralised Antiuniversity lasted at least until 1971.
The method of the Antiuniversity Research Project will be socialised research based on the creation of events and the ongoing publication of material, catalysing further discussion and reflection.”
As a part of AND AND AND’s 100 day experimental common program, several Antiuniversity Teach-ins will also take place. The first one in the latter part of June. An educational newspaper will be available as well as the on-going antihistory-blog presenting material from the Antiuniversity in the shape of documents, films, interviews, etc.
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Date: January 1, 2012 - May 1, 2013
Location: 51° 30' 50.70" N 0° 6' 20.32" W
Address: Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street
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| Event 20 / Lamia Joreige / Records for Uncertain Times / Beirut / September 7, 2012
||During the 100 days of dOCUMENTA (13), AND AND AND has been hosting and organizing an open and experimental public program with artists, activists, farmers, students, thinkers, other related practitioners, residents, and visitors from Kassel and beyond. The program has interwoven practical, philosophical, poetical, pedagogical, psychical, and physical zones of inquiry in one space/time. This one space/time, however, remains intrinsically conjoined to, and tacitly reflects upon, the historic shifts and multiple crises unfolding globally.
And it is in the midst of these conjunctions that Lamia Joreige writes the following note, introducing her contribution, for the 20th AND AND AND:
“Between January and March 2012 a few persons responded to a simple question: ‘How do you project yourself into the future, here in Lebanon?’ While the Arab uprisings are ongoing around us, and in the case of Syria, at our border, we remain unable to move out of our own deep and long term political crisis in Lebanon. As a result, one might find it difficult to project oneself into the future. One might feel forced into a present, almost suspended in time, waiting for what seems to be an impossible civil reconciliation and a radical and true socio-political transformation of the region at large.
This series of video testimonies reflects upon the unusual times we are currently living through and witnessing at once in our region, along with our difficulty in understanding and coming to terms with their attendant complexities. The individuals interviewed reflect subjective choices, which are not exhaustive, though they do hail from multiple and diverse backgrounds. Here, they engage us with their hopes and fears, discuss the meaning and potential of civic action in Lebanon, and reflect on the possibility—and costs—of change.”
Please click respective image to watch accompanying video:
Nadia El Issa (10:47)
Ghada Sayegh (15:34)
Ghassan Salhab (20:03)
Fadi El Tofeili (27:44)
Nayla Mabsout (12:04)
Nizar Saghié (29:02)
Date: January 2012 - March 2012 (Posted September 7, 2012)
http://lamiajoreige.com | http://www.documenta.de
| Event 21 / Twin Towers Go Global & Pedro Lasch / Third & Last Anniversary Report: Grand Gestures & (Im)modest Proposals / September 11, 2012
*click here to read Grand Gestures & (Im)modest Proposals by Pedro Lasch
||During the 100 days of dOCUMENTA (13), AND AND AND has been hosting and organizing an open and experimental public program with artists, activists, farmers, students, thinkers, other related practitioners, residents, and visitors from Kassel and beyond. AND AND AND began with a series of projects, events, inquiries which reflected upon different histories, contexts, presents, futures and in some way shaped and informed the program in the 101 days and nights in Kassel.
On Day 95 of dOCUMENTA (13), AND AND AND is presenting the last intervention by US-based Mexican artist Pedro Lasch. For the AND AND AND series, Lasch organized Five Decolonial Days in Kassel (July 11-15, 2012) and also created three special 9/11 anniversary reports (2010, 2011, 2012), all of them issued on that date and related to the Twin Towers Go Global (TTGG) initiative. Grand Gestures & (Im)Modest Proposals is the last piece in this cycle. With a critical perspective towards the history of 9/11/2001 and other recent global conflicts, this last report abandons the fictional tone and ambiguous character of the previous communications. It brings together previously unpublished materials from the TTGG archives, as well as quotes and commentary by the artist and diverse figures ranging from Édouard Glissant to Condoleeza Rice. The PDF publication is the central component of a book of the same title released this Fall. The book includes two additional sections on the Phantom Limbs and Twin Towers Go Global, bringing to a conclusion these multi-year projects.
Please click here to read the full text.
Date: September 11, 2012.
City: New York, New Orleans, Paris, Baghdad, Budapest, Kassel, among many others.
Country: U.S.A., Hungary, Iraq, Germany, among many others.
http://www.twintowersgoglobal.org | http://www.documenta.de