20th IMAGE SYMPOSIUM
SPECULATING ON CHANGE
17 — 20 JUN 2013
Directed by Pablo Martínez and Vincent Meessen
Participants confirmed: Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Lars Bang Larsen, Diego del Pozo, Susanne Husse & Lorenzo Sandoval, Fritzia Irizar, Luis Jacob, Santiago López Petit, Asier Mendizabal, Andrea Phillips, Katrien Reist, Renée Ridgway, Katleen Vermeir and Ronny Heiremans.
These days the semiotic control associated with cognitive capitalism have become part of the fabric of life in all its aspects. The internet age has, of course, opened up space for the collection and redistribution of knowledge, but to turn a profit from these new spaces, the knowledge economy must imperatively colonise the time of users. This globalised semiocapitalism thus reconfigures various cultural ethoses by subjecting them to uninterrupted information flows, thereby saturating users' attention spans. In this context the self-entrepreneurial artist, combining independence, creativity, flexibility, and above all self-exploitation, has become a cultural “role model” – the perfect embodiment of the neo-liberal script that openly fantasises about a world of creative, competitive operators engaging in self-exploitation by speculating on potential symbolic added value.
The specific forms of positivism associated with populist cultural policies and art speculation pose a threat to the values of autonomy, opposition and radical negativity. Some artistic practices seek to transform the conditions of their alienation into productive resources in response to the widespread trend towards commodification and the precariat. Such artists strive to regain control over their time and over a form of sociability that escapes the temporality of capitalism by experimenting with what initially appear to be incompatible syntheses between original critical forms and financial autonomy.
This “productive alienation” throws the voices of the codes like a ventriloquist, appropriating the protocols of finance and trade. It draws on the social time and knowledge-sharing typical of self-organisation. It subtly plays with the agendas of other actors in the art field. Such “alienated art” develops an “economy of attention”, short-circuiting the official channels in the hope of re-routing missing people towards works that potentially meet their needs.
The artists, critics, and thinkers invited to speak at the 20th Jornadas will question the specificities of forms and protocols established by artists to renew the terms of criticism, thereby shaping the “community to come”.
16:00 — 19:00 H. Start-up of the Simposium´s three workshops.
Después del trabajo -After work-, with Ayreen Anastas & René Gabri
Enredados en una red de valores –Tangled up in a net of values- , with Luis Jacob
Workshop with Asier Mendizabal
10:00 Opening by Isabel Rosell, Madrid General Director of Archives, libraries and museums and by Ferran Barenblit, CA2M Director. Handing-over of materials.
10:15Symposium Introduction by Vincent Meesen and Pablo Martínez, both directors of the Symposium.
10:45El gesto radical. Santiago López Petit professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, researcher, writer, and working member of Fundación Espai en Blanc.
12:00Comercio por artistas. Luis Jacob artist, curator and writer.
13:30Crisis sin sorpresa. Fritzia Irizar, artist.
16:00 – 18:30 Three simultaneous workshops: Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Luis Jacob and Asier Mendizabal.
10:00Dos pantallas planas. Andrea Phillips, Fine Art professor at Goldsmiths, researcher and writer.
11:30Negociar la atención: la usuariedad remunerada. Critical Session by Renée Ridgway (artist, independent curator, writer and educator) with Katrien Reist (cultural producer).
13:00Art House Index. Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans, artists.
10:00La sociedad sin atributos. Lars Bang Larsen art historian and curator.
11:30 Valor facial. Asier Mendizabal, artist.
13:00Deseo disidente. Critical Session by Susanne Husse (curator, writer and cultural critical) and Lorenzo Sandoval (cultural producer and investigator) with Diego del Pozo (artist and cultural producer).
16:00Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri
18:00 Symposium Clousure
VINCENT MEESSEN, visual artist, exploring seemingly insignificant aspects of interwoven relationship between coloniality –understood as matrix of power relationships- and Western modernity. For the non-profit association Normal, based in Brussels, Meessen has conducted film programs and exhibition.
PABLO MARTÍNEZ is CA2M responsible for education and public activities, as well as associated professor of Contemporary Art History at the Fine Art Department from Complutense University.
SANTIAGO LÓPEZ PETIT. Activist of the workers´s autonomy in the 80s, worked for several years for a glass company which was recovered by the workers. He joined several social movements of resistance that followed the crisis of the Workers’ Movement. At present, he is professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, as well as working with the Fundación Espai en Blanc. Among his books: Entre el Ser y el Poder. Una apuesta por el querer vivir (re-issue Madrid 2009); Horror Vacui. La Travesía de la Noche del Siglo (Madrid 1996), El infinito y la nada. El querer vivir como desafío (Barcelona 2003), Amar y pensar. El odio del querer vivir (Barcelona 2005). La movilización global. Breve tratado para atacar la realidad (Madrid 2009). He was driving-force of Espai en Blanc Fundation (www. espaienblanc.net. He has likewise contributed to a number of collective books and also to journals including El Viejo Topo, Archipiélago, Riff Raff and Futur Antérieur, Posse… His field of study is the interrelation between life, politics and art from a critical and activist perspective.
LUIS JACOB is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, curator and artist concerned with social interaction and the subjectivity of aesthetic experience. In 2012, Jacob worked was display at CA2M show, Pop Politics: Activism at 33 Revolutions. year that his work is also part of another exhibition in Spain Visible, Móvil, Vidente, at Center Párraga in Murcia, Spain. His works been displayed in Taipei Biennal in 2012, Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Witte of With Contemporary Art, Guggenheim New York, Generali Foundation, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and Documenta 12. His solo exhibitions have been showcased in sites as: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Fonderie Darling, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Kunstverein Hamburg and Galerie Max Mayer.
FRITZIA IRIZAR, Mexican artist, completed her art studies between Mexico and at Michigan University. She has been awarded for several times with a fellowship for young artists by the Mexican State of Sinaloa, by FONCA, by the 2011 BANCOMER-MACG program on Current Art, as well as selected by the CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation commission of its grant and commission program in 2011. Her work has been displayed in places such as Germany, France, Spain, USA, Belgium, England and Mexico.
ANDREA PHILLIPS is currently professor in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of the Doctoral Research Programme in Fine Art and Curating. As well as providing academic and managerial leadership both in the Department of Art and at Senior Management level across the University, Andrea also directs a number of international interdisciplinary research projects and publishes widely on art, curating, politics and public space. In addition to the research projects listed below, Phillips is the Curator of Public Programme, Istanbul Biennial 2013.
Renée Ridgway is an artist, free-lance curator, writer and educator based in Amsterdam. Since completing her studies in fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design, (BFA) and Piet Zwart Institute (MA), she has exhibited in Manifesta8, P.S.1 MoMA Hotel New York, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum De Lakenhal, Gouda Museum, Conflux Festival; Ridgway made numerous public presentations at various conferences and forums and taught at several universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Besides her work as a visual artist, Ridgway is co-initiator and contributor to n.e.w.s., a collective online platform for the analysis and development of art-related activities(http://northeastwestsouth.net). N.e.w.s is carring out the investigation for the forthcoming book: Arbitrating Attention, seeking to rethink the social and economic conditions of art in the XXI century. Ridgway´s writings on contemporary art and its alliances can be found at n.e.w.s. plataform, as well as her recent contributions to OPEN! , and at a series of books DATA Browser: Disrupting Business. Further information: http://reneeridgway.net.
Katrien Reist studied Communication Design and Art and Architecture at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam. Whether as an artist, curator, producer, teacher or institutional director her activities always focused on the relation between art and the sociological imagination. From 1995–2000, she curated the independent art space KIOSK in Berne. In 2001, she took the position of artistic manager of the international residency program IAAB in Basel. Between 2004 and 2008 she developed the artists-in-residency project PROGR_center for cultural production in Bern. From 2008 to 2012 Katrien Reist was managing director of Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp. She currently manages JUBILEE, platform for research and artistic production in Brussels. www.jubilee-art.org
KATLEEN VERMEIR & RONNY HEIREMANS In 2006 both artists initiated A.I.R (short for 'artist in residence'), a long-term collaborative practice that examines the dynamic relation between art, architecture and economy. This ongoing project defines their private habitat as an artwork, transforming the domestic space into a public realm. Working reflexively, the artists use their own home, a loft apartment in a post- industrial building in Brussels, as source material, producing representations of their domestic space through what they term “mediated extensions”. Different audiences will not experience the house/art work physically but through translations to formats such as lectures, exhibitions, radio interviews, websites and elaborate research-based video works. Vermeir & Heiremans have presented their work in the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea (2010), Videonale 13, Bonn (2011), ARGOS, Brussels in 2012, EXTRA CITY, Antwerp, 2012, or Manifesta 9, in Genk last 2012.
LARS BANG LARSEN is art historian and curator of group exhibitions such as The Society without Qualities in Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2013), A History of Irritated Material, Raven Row, London (2010), Populism, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2005), La insurrección invisible de un millón de mentes, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2005), and The Echo Show, Tramway, Glasgow (2003), Among his books include The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society, 1968 (2010) and Sture Johannesson (2002).
ASIER MENDIZABAL Bilbao-based artist, whose practice, linked to the sculpture program, is developed through diverse media and procedures, including writings. Multiple crossings between specific modern codes and some of his last updates in shape of popular culture (politics, music, cinema…) sets recurring references in his work. He has exhibited in solo shows at Culturgest, Lisboa; DAE, San Sebastian and at Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona; Raven Row in London; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. He has participated in group exhibitions such as: IllumiNATIONS, 54 Venice Biennal; Scenarios about Europe, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; In the First Circle, Fundació Tapies, Barcelona; Às Artes, Cidadãos, Serralves Museum, Porto; Després de la notícia, at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona, Manifesta 5 and the Taipei Biennials and in Bucarest.
Susanne Husse (1982, Görlitz, Germany) is an independent curator, cultural critic and author, based in Berlin. Since 2012 she is art director of District Kunst- und Kulturförderung (http://www.district-berlin.com) focusing in an interdisciplinary knowledge production and (urban) utopia research as manifestations of social urgency. Alongside, she curates independent projects, focusing on collective artistic production and politic and cultural heritage from the Cold War period. She was granted a research fellowship at SouthKorea Goethe Institute in 2012. She teaches Space Strategies at the School of Art Berlin Weißensee. She is co-curating the project space NOTE ON as in News About The Apocalypse (W. U. Gerhardt and F. Hamann, 2012). Her most recent curatorial project include: SAY IT LOUD. on words and actions (w. B.S.B. Ndikung and M.M. Steinman, District 2012), collaboration on Ute Meta Bauer at the exhibition The Future Archive (nbk, 2012), in festivals as 37 MANIFESTOS (vv. Sotzko J., 2011) and The Arts and the City (w. F. Schmidt, Berliner Kunsthalle e.V. 2009-2011).
LORENZO SANDOVAL cultural producer and independent investigator focusing on collective processes and self-managed organizations, from the point of view of artistic creation and curating. SANDOVAL holds a B.F.A from the UPV, (Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia), and a Masters in Photography, Art and Technology, he is founding member of the independent space Altes Finanzamt (http://altesfinanzamt.blogspot.com.es/). As commissioner, he prepared the project Visualizing Transnationalism together with Emnuele Guidi (2010). Winner of several curatorial awards: Around is impossible, at La Casa Encendida (2011); (…)Science, Territory and Subjective Narratives by Can Felipa, and Case Report by Nogueras Blanchard (both in 2012). He curated The Rescue of the Effects. Notes for a theory of the reader at General Public (2012); Osmosis, together with Gabriela Acha, ClubTransmediale, 2013. He has also participated in several collective shows as Circuito: Berlin at Cervantes Institute (2012), Say it Loud. On words and actions at District (2012) and Handlungsbereitschaft, together with Laura McLardy, Motorenhalle, Dresden, (2013). He has organized BarraDiagonal Telescopy [symposium on free culture] at Octubre (2010), Valencia; Procesos. Pedagogic program (2009) at EACC Castellón and Emerging infrastructure on production, diffusion and management at Muvim, Valencia (2008).
DIEGO DEL POZO is artist and cultural producer; and member of the collective C.A.S.I.T.A. together with Loreto Alonso and Eduardo Galvagni. He works as an associate professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. Currently, he is as well active member of Here Together Now; Matadero Madrid 2013; and solo exhibition as Aprender Física, Huesca Regional Council (2012) and Casting 1971 at CAB in Burgos (2011). DEL POZO´s work has been screened and displayed in collectives exhibitions or video programmes in sites as MUSAC in León, La Casa encendida in Madrid, MNCARS in Madrid, Palais de Tokio and Jeu de Paume in Paris, among others. DEL POZO completed his investigation with a research stay at Museo Reina Sofia on Subtramas: Plataforma de investigación y de co-aprendizaje sobre las Prácticas de Producción Audiovisual Colaborativa -Research and Co-learning Plataform on Collaborative Audiovisual Production Practices. http://subtramas.museoreinasofia.es/
AYREEN ANASTAS is a Palestine artist living in Brooklyn. Anastas is one of the organizers of the 16 Beaver group, an artist community that functions as a social and collaborative space on 16 Beaver street in downtown Manhattan, where the group hosts panel discussions, encounters, film series, artist talks, radio recordings, reading groups and more. Anastas’ recent artistic projects and exhibitions include: Pasolini Pa* (2005) Palestine, M* of Bethlehem (2003) and Library of Useful Knowledge (2002).
Rene Gabri was born in Tehran and now lives in New York. He is also member of 16 Beaver group, he is interested in the complex mechanisms which constitute the world around us. Ayreen Anastas' and Rene Gabri's collaborative projects have evolved a great deal through their work at 16Beaver. Their Radioactive Discussion series was a physical counterpart to their fictional Homeland Security Cultural Bureau project. The artists recently had a solo exhibition entitled 'eine welt ein thema ein korn ein zeichen ein lied ein spaziergang ein lächeln eine wand eine notiz ein datum eine karte eine und eine frage' at Kunstverein Arnsberg (2011). Other collaborations include: Camp Campaign, Artist talk, Radio Active, United We Stand, What Everybody Knows, Eden Resonating, 7X77, Case Sensitive America and more. Both artists participated in Documenta 13 within the framework of AND AND AND project.
Within the framework of the Symposium, CA2M will host 3 simultanious workshops during June 17, 18 and 19 afternoons by: Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Asier Mendizábal and Luis Jacob. The workshops, all independent from each other, will be personally addressed by each artist.
16:00 – 19:00 MONDAY 17
16:00 – 18:30 TUESDAY 18
16:00 – 18:30 WEDNESDAY 19
CALL FOR CRITICAL SESSIONS (closed)
Three open panels in the fields of theory and artistic practice for researchers: “Productive forms of alienation”, “the economy of attention” and “the community to come”, the heart of the three-day programme of conferences and workshops. The projects will be presented during the workshops hold in the Symposium.
REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS
To participate in the critical sessions it is necessary to submit the following documentation:
Duly completed registration form (Download form)
Project on Artistic Theory and Practice: In case of an essay, it should have the DIN A4 size; in case of an artistic practice, it should have the presentation of a memory, dossier or portfolio.
Projects, both in Spanish and English, are accepted
Uncompleted applications won´t be accepted
The selected authors who wish to attend the Symposium and reside outside the Region of Madrid may benefit from a financial aid package.
A committee comprised by the Symposium directors will select the projects for the critical session and for the artist´s workshop. A list of admitted participants will be posted on CA2M website on May 18. The selected participants will receive an express communication, which will state the date and time of his/her presentation at CA2M.