MAYBE EDUCATION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS: dOCUMENTA (13)
MAYBE EDUCATION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS
On Artistic Research:
A Two-Day Conference with the Art Academy Network Developed by dOCUMENTA (13)
Conference 8-9 September, 2012
Status: August 1, 2012
Project assistant: Maria Chehonadskih, Nele Mareike Wulff
Ständehaus (Bode-Saal). Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, 2012. See program below
Free with dOCUMENTA (13) ticket.
What do we mean by “artistic research”? Is research a discipline in its own right? Or is it the term used to name the knowledge leading to art? Can it be both? How does it affect art history and writing? How does it challenge the agency we assume art has in society? Can research be taught?
Artists, like scientists, are pioneers when it comes to creating new forms of connectivity between worlds that seem to have nothing in common. They embark on writing novels, conceiving treatises, discovering archives, devising therapies, and choreographing bodies—that is, they embark on the endless study of everything that contributes to the different formulations of what we call reality. It would be dismissive to describe all this as mere play. We find ourselves, rather, facing a strange form of research that is more aware than ever of the parallels between producing art and understanding the world. Ever since Marcel Duchamp, and perhaps much earlier—indeed, possibly for as long as it has existed—art has been eager to accommodate a knowledge that is different from academic knowledge and to provide the ultimate reason for modifying that academic knowledge. Much contemporary art attempts to develop works and situations that make it possible to read the past freely, to take flight and approach the unknown. Taking artistic research seriously means accepting disorganization in the relations between the disciplines with which contemporary art deals. The rise of cultural studies, critical theory, and the many variations of the post-Marxist understanding of the relationship between art and economics are the fruit of an ungrounded—though perhaps historically necessary—confidence in the possibility of first unraveling and then stabilizing the meaning of what happens in a work of art, as well as the “creative” process as a whole. Artistic research now aims to recognize the importance and explore the consequences of the following statement: meaning emerges from fiction.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
10 am – 1 pm
ARTISTIC RESEARCH OR HOW TO DISORGANIZE THE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE DISCIPLINES THAT DEAL WITH ART
Lectures by Mai Abu ElDahab, Luca Cerizza, Simon Sheikh, Jan Verwoert. Moderated by Chus Martínez.
The presentations will be followed by a discussion.
2 – 8 pm
DOING RESEARCH: An exercise in thinking about the meaning of artistic research in the academy context.
The afternoon participants are artists/researchers and members of EARN—European Artistic Research Network
Sunday, September 9, 2012
10 – 11:30 am
PUBLISHING IN RELATION TO ART, RESEARCH, PERFORMANCE, DISCOURSE
A discussion about the publication and research program conducted at Geneva University of Art and Design, with artists Yann Chateigné and Dora García.
11:30 am – 6:30 pm
TOWARDS A NEW FORM OF RELATING AESTHETICS AND POLITICS
Presentations by Andrea Büttner, artist; Bernhard Rüdiger, artist; Andris Brinkmanis, Elisabetta Galasso and Marco Scotini, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan; Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, artists; Vanessa Ohlraun, Oslo Academy of Fine Art, and others.
Academies: ADERA — Les écoles supérieures d’art de Rhône-Alpes; École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon; Finnish Academy of Fine Art, Helsinki; Geneva University of Art and Design; GradCAM – Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin; Kunsthochschule Mainz; MaHKU, Utrecht School of Visual Art and Design; Malmö Art Academy, Lund University; NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan; Oslo Academy of Fine Art; Università Iuav di Venezia; University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts; University of Leeds, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies; The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.
Mai Abu ElDahab is a curator currently based in Brussels. From 2007–12 she was the director of Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp. She recently edited and co-edited several publications including After Berkeley (2012), From Berkeley to Berkeley (2011), Circular Facts (2011) and Hassan Khan “The Agreement” (2011), all from Sternberg Press. Recently, she has contributed to Artforum and Mousse Magazine.
Luca Cerizza is a curator, writer and art historian currently based in Berlin. A contributing editor of Kaleidoscope magazine, he teaches Museology at NABA academy, Milan. He co-curated “Alighiero e Boetti Day” (2011) and “Tarzan Noire,” a solo show of works by Marcello Maloberti (2011).
Chus Martínez is Head of Department of dOCUMENTA (13) and a member of its Core Agent Group. A philosophy scholar, her current research focuses on artistic research: how thinking can happen through matter and how sense can be reversed by experience. She was the director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–008), and chief curator of the Museu d’Art contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) (2008–11).
Simon Sheikh is a freelance curator and critic based in Berlin and London. A correspondent for Springerin, Vienna, and a columnist for e-flux Journal, New York, he is also a researcher for the ongoing Former West project, initiated by BAK in Utrecht, and is undertaking doctoral studies in Lund on the topic of exhibition-making and political imaginaries. In September 2012, he takes up a post as a Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths College, London.
Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of Frieze magazine, and his writing has appeared in many journals, anthologies, and monographs. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, the de Appel curatorial programme, the Ha’Midrasha School of Art, Tel Aviv and the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
10 am – 1 pm
ARTISTIC RESEARCH OR HOW TO DISORGANIZE THE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE DISCIPLINES THAT DEAL WITH ARTLectures by Mai Abu ElDahab, Luca Cerizza, Chus Martínez, Simon Sheikh, Jan Verwoert. The presentations will be followed by a discussion
10:00 Welcome and lecture Chus Martinez
10:15 Lecture Jan Verwoert
11:00 Lecture Luca Cerizza
11:45 Lecture Simon Sheikh
12:30 Lecture Mai Abu ElDahab
13:15 Lunch Break
2 – 7 pm
DOING RESEARCH: An excercise in thinking about the meaning of artistic research in the academy context.The afternoon participants are artists/researchers and members of EARN—European Artistic Research Network
14:00 – 14:10 Opening program by Jan Kaila: Introduction EARN. D13 collaboration. Introduction Doing Research Project and Launch publication by Henk Slager.
14:10 – 14:30 Dora Garcia
14:30 – 14:50 Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir (Gothenburg)
14:50 – 15:10 Rene Gabri/Ayreen Anastas
15:10 – 15:30 Terike Haapoja (Helsinki)
15:30 – 16:10 Chiara Fumai
16:10 – 16:30 Elske Rosenfeld, Giullia Cilla, Ingrid Cogne (Vienna)
16:30 – 16:50 Jeremiah Day (Utrecht)
16:50 – 17:10 Laura Malacart (London)
17:10 – 17:30 Hongjohn Lin (Taipei)
17:30 – 17:50 Sam Belinfante (Leeds)
17:50 – 18:10 Claire Pentecost
18:10 – 18:30 Clodagh Emoe (video statement) (Dublin)
18:40 – 18:50 Recap: Gertrud Sandqvist (Malmo)
18:50 – 19:00 Recap: Mick Wilson (Dublin/Gothenburg)
19:00 – 19:50 Closing Discussion with Mick Wilson (moderator), Gertrud Sandavist, Chus Martinez, Simon Sheikh, Jan Verwoert
19:50 – 20:00 Book Presentation: Art a Thinking Process with Angela Vettese.
SUN 09.09.12 Research on art and artists
11:00 – 11:10
11:10 – 12:30 am
PUBLISHING IN RELATION WITH ART, RESEARCH, PERFORMANCE, DISCOURSE
A discussion about the publication and research program conducted at GENEVA University of Art and Design, with Yann Chateigné.
RESEARCH ON ART AND ARTISTS: TOWARDS A NEW FORM OF RELATING AESTHETICS AND POLITICS
Presentations by Andrea Büttner, artist; Bernhard Rüdiger, artist; Elisabetta Galasso, Andris Brinkmanis and Marco Scotini, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan; Vanessa Ohlraun, Dean, Oslo Academy of Fine Art, with professors and fellows of the Academy of Fine Art and others; moderated by Nicola Setari
12:30 – 14:00 PM The Disobedient Class: Bottom-up Academies and Affirmative Education
Introduction by Elisabetta Galasso, lecture by Marco Scotini, conversation Andris Brinkmanis, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, with artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
14:00 Lunch Break
15:00 Natural History and Suspended Time: The Artist as Researcher, lecture by Bernhard Rüdiger, artist and professor at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon
16:00 Presentation by Vanessa Ohlraun, Dean, Oslo Academy of Fine Art, with professors and fellows of the Academy of Fine Art
17:30 Conversation between Andrea Büttner, artist, and Chus Martínez
18:15 Conclusion by Nicola Setari
approx. 18:30 end