Press Releases : 2007/04

[OCA, NYC] - Week 18

Published 2007/04/19

Tower of Shadows, 2006, Corey McCorkle


25 Broadway
New York, 10004

Tuesday, 1 May, 18:00

Tone Hansen and Liam Gillick
How to Imagine a Museum of Today?

Wednesday, 2 May, 18:00

Corey McCorkle
Artist Talk and Screening, Tower of Shadows, 2006

Thursday, 3 May, 18:00

Peter Osborne
Where is the Work of Art? Contemporary Art, Spatialization, and Urban Form
and OCA Book Launch: Verksted No. 8

Throughout the week

Torpedo bookstore, Presentation and screening

Tuesday, 1 May, 18:00

Tone Hansen and Liam Gillick:
How to Imagine a Museum of Today?

Research fellow Tone Hansen and Liam Gillick discuss the challenges facing the institution of the museum today. By referencing Hansen's latest research around the project "megamonstermuseum", the discussion will focus on alternative forms of organization and activism while referencing the function of the art museum today. Particular emphasis will be placed on how different governmental structures influence the role and function of a museum in a society, specifically referencing the example provided within the social welfare states within Scandinavia as state support is taken for granted, and few private foundations or private owned museums exist as an alternative. In such an environment, how is the "alternative" defined? And how is it defined within an institutional format? If we take a closer look at the major museums as objects for examination, is it possible to change the systems of which they are integral parts and if possible, to what extent?

Wednesday, 2 May, 18:00

Corey McCorkle:
Artist Talk and Screening, Tower of Shadows, 2006

Corey McCorkle traveled to India in the latter part of 2006 as part of OCA's Off-Site Residency Programme to produce a short film around Le Corbusier's Chandigarh. This film, Tower of Shadows, 2006 will be screened at [OCA, NYC] on the 2nd and 3rdof May in tandem with the artist's presentation around the subject of his inquiry. The film, as a final meditation on the incontestable Utopian poster-city of 20th Century, in spite of and perhaps because of the abject state of its incompletion (even dilapidation to some extent), serves as a calm on Le Corbusier's perforated monolithic vision. Reflective of its intention — designed to fill the gap left in the Punjabi state after partition in 1947 (Punjab lost its then capital of Lahore to Pakistan), the new capital of Chandigarh was meant to be the inspiring city of the future — wide avenues flowing into expansive government plazas envision here future pageantry on an impressive scale, has yet to be finalized. Particularly, the Tower of Shadows at Chandigarh interests the artist as it is a structure to house nothing, a romantic pavilion ... purely an optimistic essay of light and dark more than any municipal place of assembly, any place of use-value. But more, McCorkle is drawn to it as another irresistible and unyielding new ruin in the folds of 20th Century urbanism (the emptiness).

McCorkle's project is part of OCA's Off Site Residency Programme made possible with funds from 03 (Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Thursday, 3 May, 18:00

Peter Osborne:
Where is the Work of Art? Contemporary Art, Spatialization, and Urban Form
and OCA Book Launch: Verksted No. 8

Peter Osborne's talk considers spatial aspects of the ontology of post-conceptual art. It identifies the post-conceptual character of contemporary art as an artistic mediation of a dialectic of the "space of places" and the "space of flows" that constitutes the social space of the global capitalist present. In particular, it reflects upon two historical moments in the spatial constitution of contemporary art as a post-conceptual field: 1) a certain "architecturalization" of art associated with the works of Dan Graham, Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark, 2) the more recent "transnationalization" of art, for which certain works by The Atlas Group are taken as exemplary. The latter, it is argued, is premised upon the destruction of "architecture" by a new, radically abstract, type of urban form, from the standpoint of which, "place" appears as no more — but also no less — than a fiction.

The Oslo based book concern, Torpedo, will have a presentation at [OCA, NYC] throughout the week including a screening around the upcoming publication Making the Band authored by independent curator Geir Haraldseth.

About [OCA, NYC]:

[OCA, NYC] is an experimental platform launched by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway in Oslo to initiate projects, host seminars, talks and screenings in an effort to draw from the available resources in New York City. Physically lodged within the accompanying office of the architecture firm of Snøhetta within the historical Cunard Cruise Lines building (and former Police Museum), [OCA, NYC] acts as an alternative international venue for contemporary art, culture and discourse.

The office/workshop is located on the 2nd Floor of 25 Broadway, adjacent to Battery Park. Due to entrance logistics, attendance to all events requires a mandatory r.s.v.p. Please be so kind as to send your intention to attend to Ida Ghosh at It would be helpful to receive your final r.s.v.p. by the 1st of May.

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Free entrance.

Fjellbekk and Hylleblomst to be served at all events.

Liam Gillick is an artist based in London and New York. Numerous solo exhibitions include Literally, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2003; The Wood Way, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2002; A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence, Palais de Tokyo, 2005; Edgar Schmitz, ICA, London, 2005. Selected group exhibitions and projects include Singular Forms, Guggenheim Museum, 2004; 50th Venice Biennale, 2003; What If, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2000 and documenta X, 1997. Numerous public works and interventions include Ft. Lauderdale Airport in 2002; the new Home Office government building in London in 2005 and the Lufthansa Headquarters, Frankfurt in 2006. Since 1995, Gillick has published a number of texts that function in parallel to his artwork including Literally No Place (Book Works, London); Five or Six (Lukas & Sternberg, New York); Discussion Island/Big Conference Centre (Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, and Orchard Gallery, Derry) and Erasmus is Late (Book Works, London), Underground (Fragments of Future Histories), (Les maitres des formes, Brussels and Les presses du reel, Dijon) and Proxemics (Selected writing 1988-2006) JRP Ringier, 2007. Gillick has contributed to many art magazines and journals including Parkett, Frieze, Art Monthly and Art Forum.

Tone Hansen is an artist who writes. She lives and works in Oslo, Norway. Currently, working as a research fellow at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Hansen's projects include: the exhibition and publication MegamonstermuseumHow to Imagine a Museum of Today?The New Administration of Aesthetics, Anthology What Does "Public" Mean? Art as a Participant in the Public Arena, the seminar/ workshop A Framework for Contemporary Activism, Can Art Create A Public Sphere of its Own?, the conference The New Administration of Aesthetics. Hansen contributed texts for IASPIS (Stockholm), Derivé (Austria) among other international art magazines, publications and newspapers.

Corey McCorkle is interested in the utopian ideas of nature and transcendence which he pursues in many of his installations. McCorkle's work has been included in the surveys Make It Now at Sculpture Center and Greater New York 2005 at PS1, and was featured in solo exhibitions in 2006 at Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland and at the Marres In Maastricht, Netherlands. McCorkle's work has also been included in The Plain of Heaven by Creative Time in NYC and in Monopolis at Witte de With in Rotterdam. Most recently, his work was included in Just Kick It Till It Breaks at The Kitchen in NYC. Concurrently he has solo exhibitions at Maccarone, New York and Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp.

Peter Osborne is a Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London and editor of the journal, Radical Philosophy. His books include The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde (1995), Philosophy in Cultural Theory (2000), Conceptual Art (2002) and Marx (Grant, 2005). He is the editor of the 3 volume Walter Benjamin: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory (2005).

Torpedo is Oslo's first independent bookstore specializing in publications and magazines centred around contemporary art and visual culture. Founded by Elin Olaussen, Karen Tandberg, Eivind Slettemeås, Pia Søndergaard and Anna Carin Hedberg. Torpedo is also a space for producing and hosting different events in connection with book launches, concerts and exhibitions in collaboration with artists, curators and institutions. In June 2007, Torpedo will curate an exhibition of Larry Clark's photographs from the series Teenage Lust at the Preus Museum in Horten, Norway.

Verksted No. 8. ISMS: Recuperating Political Radicality in Contemporary Art, 1. Constructing the Political in Contemporary Art (editors: Marta Kuzma and Peter Osborne) reflects upon a seminar organized by OCA in 2006 that addressed the complex and problematic relationships between artistic movements, political movements, and individual works. Specific focus was placed on current dilemmas facing art production, how it is for a work to function "critically" today, and how this relates to or, in fact, neglects politics. The essays in take a step back from the immediate institutional context of recent attempts to reconnect contemporary art to the politics of 1960s and 1970s, in order to reflect upon some of the theoretical issues at stake: the critical structure of the artwork as a site of a dialectic of individuality and collectivity (Peter Osborne), the power of its indexical or "documentary" aspects (Hito Steyerl and Marius Wulfsberg), its use-value as an archive of "intensive life" (Eric Alliez), its "seam with the economic" (David Cunningham), the limits of its "relational possibilities" (Stewart Martin), and its role in making visible the "immaterial!" labour of "cognitive capitalism" (Ina Blom).

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The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a private foundation and was founded by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Fall 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a profiled contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.