News : 2011/06

2011/06/24

`The Politics of the Street and New Forms of Alliance', a lecture by Judith Butler as part of `The State of Things'

OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY ANNOUNCES

a lecture by Judith Butler as part of 'The State of Things' in the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Wednesday, 7 September / 18:00
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252, Venice

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), as commissioner of Norway’s representation at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, would like to announce ‘The Politics of the Street and New Forms of Alliance’, a lecture by Judith Butler within the lecture series ‘The State of Things’.

Wednesday, 7 September / 18:00

Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252, Venice


About ’The Politics of the Street and New Forms of Alliance’

Although some have argued that the politics of the street has been replaced by new media politics, it seems that the public sphere within which politics takes place is now defined by a specific mode of bodies interacting with media. Hannah Arendt once argued that there could be no exercise of freedom without the creation of a 'space of appearance' and even 'a right to appear'. How do we understand those new forms of democratic insurgency that form alliances that are not in coalitional forms? Who is the embodied 'we' on the street transported through media, and yet in place and at risk?

About Judith Butler

Judith Butler (b.1956, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, lives and works in Berkeley, California, USA) is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-Director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of, among others, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex’ (1993), Excitable Speech (1997) and Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech (co-written with Talal Asad, Saba Mahmood and Wendy Brown in 2009). She is also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics and Jewish Voice for Peace. Butler is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.

About The State of Things

'The State of Things' is a series of public lectures that is held throughout the biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, aesthetics and revolution. Each presentation aims to tackle the ‘state of things’ today, drawing from the speakers’ fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The programme takes its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

Norway’s representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by OCA and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and its associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Norway’s representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, a graduate programme by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia.

‘The State of Things’ has been generously supported by Fritt Ord.


2011/06/24

The `Movimento Studentesco' and Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Misunderstanding’, a lecture by Franco Berardi as part of `The State of Things'

OFFICE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART NORWAY ANNOUNCES

'Movimento Studentesco' and Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Misunderstanding'

Thursday, 8 September / 18:00

Laboratorio Occupato Morion, Salizada San Francesco della Vigna, Castello 2842, Venice

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), as commissioner of Norway’s representation at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, would like to announce 'Movimento Studentesco and Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Misunderstanding', a lecture by Franco Berardi within the lecture series ‘The State of Things’. 

About
The 'Movimento Studentesco' and Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Misunderstanding’

In 1968 the relation between Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Student Movement in Italy was a troubled one. In the midst of the controversy, Pasolini was accused by the students of being a populist representative of a backward culture, nostalgic of a legendary pre-modern time. This paper will argue that, from today's perspective, things seem different, and Pasolini can be understood not to have been looking to the past but to the distant future that is now our present: an age characterised by barbarianism and of ignorant aggressiveness. Today, in the age of the televisual and financial dictatorship, reading Pasolini is a way to retrace the genesis of Italy's present.

About Franco Berardi

Franco Berardi
(b.1949, Bologna, Italy) founded the magazine A/traverso (1975–81) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice (1976–78). After being involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970s, Berardi fled to Paris, where he worked with philosopher and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis during the 1980s. He currently teaches social history of the media at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and is the founder of the European School of Social Imagination (SCEPSI) which was inaugurated in San Marino in May 2011.

About ‘The State of Things’

`The State of Things’ is a series of public lectures that will be held throughout the biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, aesthetics and revolution. Each presentation aims to tackle the ‘state of things’ today, drawing from the speakers’ fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The programme takes its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

Norway’s representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by OCA and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and its associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Norway’s representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, a graduate programme by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia.

‘The State of Things’ has been generously supported by Fritt Ord.


2011/06/22

Video documentation of ‘The State of Things’ opening lectures now available online / Norway at the 54th Venice Biennale





The lectures that opened ‘The State of Things’, Norway’s official representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2011, are now available for viewing online


www.oca.no

Jacques Rancière – In What Time Do We Live? (1 June)
 Jacques Rancière is a philosopher whose work looks at emancipatory politics and its relationship to aesthetics.

Leo Bersani – Illegitimacy (2 June)
 Leo Bersani is a theorist specialising in literature, psychoanalysis and the visual arts.

Vandana Shiva – The War Against the Earth (3 June)
 Vandana Shiva is an author, environmental activist and eco-feminist.

The following and upcoming lectures will be uploaded subsequently.

Click here to see the programme of the remaining lectures.

Please note that if you use an operative system older than Windows XP or OS.10, you might experience problems in the video playback.

About ‘The State of Things’

‘The State of Things’ is a series of public lectures that is held throughout the biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, aesthetics and revolution. Each presentation aims to tackle the ‘state of things’ today, drawing from the speakers’ fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The programme takes its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

Norway’s representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by OCA and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and its associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Norway’s representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, a graduate programme by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia.

‘The State of Things’ has been generously supported by Fritt Ord .

Inquiries and questions on this announcement can be addressed to: Tara Ishizuka Hassel

2011/06/17

A K Dolven at Folkestone Triennial 2011

A K Dolven, Out of Tune, Folkestone Triennial 2011. Photo: Thierry Bal

OCA ANNOUNCES

A K DOLVEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL 2011

Exhibition period: 25 June-25 September 2011
Opening Reception: Fri 24 June, 20:00

Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, UK

A K Dolven has been invited by the Folkestone Triennial 2011 to present her new work Out of Tune. Specially commissioned by curator Andrea Schlieker, Out of Tune is a conceptual site-specific sound installation in dialogue with Dolven's previous works Untuned Bell and The Finnish Untuned Bell. Untuned Bell was temporary installed in a city square in Oslo in spring 2010, while The Finnish Untuned Bell erected in May 2011 is a permanent site-specific installation made in memory of the Finnish modernist thinker and painter Helene Schjerfbeck in Ekenäs, Finland. Out of Tune in Folkestone is a temporary installation and borrows a grounded 16th century bell from Scraptoft Church, Leicester. The Tenor Bell has been suspended between two tall steel beams, adding a rope for viewers to ring the bell. According to the artist, the idea of being out of tune is 'an appropriate metaphor for the theme of the 2011 Folkestone Triennial. Titled A Million Miles From Home, the second triennial invites artistic responses to the situations of displacement, migration, and not belonging – drawing on Folkestone's own geographical position on the southeastern tip of England, and its symbolic position as a gateway to Europe and further afield.' Dolven's project addresses 'not only the universal themes of difference and being out of tune, it also incorporates a range of local concerns in Folkestone'. Out of Tune is situated on the seafront of Folkestone, in the space left vacant by a former amusement park.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Yvette Illsley, Communications Manager, Creative Foundation.

About the artist
A K Dolven
(b.1953 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Lofoten, Norway and London, UK) works with paintings, videos and site-specific works. Recent solo exhibitions include 'the day the sky became my ground', Wilkinson Gallery, London (2010); 'looking for balance', Platform China, Beijing, China (2010); 'moving mountain', CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark and Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2004). Dolven has participated in group exhibitions at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2010); 'GSK Contemporary', Royal Academy, London (2009); LABoral Centro de Arte, Gijón, Spain (2008); 'Berlin/North', Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2004) and the 6th International Istanbul Biennial (1999).

About the Folkestone Triennial
The Folkestone Triennial seeks to engage and inspire the communities of the town while also finding a fresh way of bringing contemporary art to the fore. Located in the seaside town of Folkestone on the south-east coast of England, artists are invited to use the town as their 'canvas', utilising public spaces to create striking pieces that reflect issues affecting both the town and the wider world.

Support
A K Dolven’s participation in the Folkestone Triennial 2011 has been supported by OCA’s International Support Programme.

2011/06/16

'Forensic Aesthetics', a lecture by Eyal Weizman as part of 'The State of Things'

Clyde Snow presents a slide of the skull of Liliana Pereyra, in the 1985 trial of members of the Argentine junta for crimes committed in the 'dirty war' (1976–1983).

Office for Contemporary Art Norway announces

'Forensic Aesthetics'

a lecture by Eyal Weizman as part of ‘The State of Things’ in the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Thursday, 30 June / 17:30
Aula Tafuri, Palazzo Badoer, Università Iuav di Venezia, Calle della Lacca, San Polo 2468, Venice

 

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), as commissioner of Norway’s representation at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, would like to announce ‘Forensic Aesthetics’, a lecture by Eyal Weizman within the lecture series ‘The State of Things’.

About ‘Forensic Aesthetics’

The last decades of the twentieth century, often referred to as 'the era of the witness', were saturated with representation of testimonies of trauma – written, recorded, filmed archived and exhibited. This primacy of trauma as a site of history also lead to a depoliticised 'politics of compassion' apparent in the forums of transitional justice, truth commissions, human rights and humanitarianism. However, a recent shift of emphasis from human testimony to material forensics means that science has begun invading some of the legal and cultural grounds previously reserved for the speech of humans. Potentially, therefore, at its most extreme, new ways of using forensic science have blurred a previously held distinction: between evidence, when the law speaks of objects, and that of the witness, referring to subjects. Such shift has aesthetic, political and ethical implications, dangers and potentials that will be unpacked in this lecture.

About Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman (b.1970, Haifa, Israel, lives and works in London, UK) is an architect and the Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2007 he is a member of the architectural collective ‘decolonizing architecture’ in Beit Sahour/Palestine, and since 2008 of B'Tselem board of directors. Weizman has taught, lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include Il male minore (2009), Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation (2007), A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Occupation (2003), and the series Territories 1, 2 and 3. He is a regular contributor and an editorial board member for several journals and magazines including Humanity, Cabinet and Inflexions.

About ‘The State of Things’

The State of Things’ is a series of public lectures that will be held throughout the biennale period, reflecting upon themes such as diversity, the environment, peace-making, human rights, capital, migration, asylum, Europe, aesthetics and revolution. Each presentation aims to tackle the ‘state of things’ today, drawing from the speakers’ fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The programme takes its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.

Norway’s representation in Venice in 2011 is commissioned by OCA and organised by its director, Marta Kuzma and its associate curator, Pablo Lafuente, together with Peter Osborne, director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Norway’s representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, also includes ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, a graduate programme by Bjarne Melgaard at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università Iuav di Venezia.

‘The State of Things’ has been generously supported by Fritt Ord .

Map to the venue:

Clyde Snow presents a slide of the skull of Liliana Pereyra, in the 1985 trial of members of the Argentine junta for crimes committed in the 'dirty war' (1976–1983).