Friday, September 25, 2015

OK For you Mythology mavens: Narcissus Now Festival Reimagining the Myth through Artists' Eyes till Oct 12th

Narcissus Now Festival

Reimagining the Myth through Artists' Eyes

New Commissions by Andreas Angelidakis, Angelo Plessas and Konstantin Kakanias

U.S. Premieres by Blind Adam, Georgia Kotretsos and
Eriphyli Veneri

Works on Loan by Lynda Benglis and Jenny Holzer
New York, NY (September 25, 2015): The Narcissus Now Festival, a multidisciplinary weekend of arts and ideas expressed through art, music, film, choreography, literature and fashion, presents new, emerging and renowned artists, both Greek and American, as they respond to, interpret and celebrate the central Festival theme-Narcissus. Newly commissioned works by Andreas Angelidakis, Angelo Plessas, and Konstantin Kakanias will share the spotlight with works by artists working from Greece and in the U.S. at the Onassis Cultural Center NY. Online audiences can view the digital version of The Art Wall installation by Plessas and Kakanias's illustrations commissioned for the Festival.

Presented free of charge during the Festival and extended for the Columbus Day holiday through Monday, October 12, the artists and works on view include:

Newly Commissioned Works
I AMness 2015 by Angelo Plessas
I AMness is a site-specific installation that comprises a website and a mural exploring the allure of the Internet for modern narcissists. In the virtual universe of the web, the narcissist discards one identity only to reappear in a myriad of aliases. Similarly, the repeating mandalas of I AMness create vivid and hallucinatory visual effects that attract and capture the gaze, dictating the viewer's perceptual experience. The installation is accompanied online by the website

Angelo Plessas, a Greek-Italian artist based in Athens, investigates the changing role of art and social practice in the time of the Internet through performances, sculptures, installations, books, interactive websites (more than sixty since 2000), and live-stream events. His work focuses on themes of authority and identity, as well as on the nature of abstract emotions experienced through electronic communication. He recently won the prestigious DESTE Prize 2015 awarded by a distinguished international jury.

The Art Wall remains on viewthrough December 2015 in the Olympic Tower Atrium, daily 8 am to 10 pm.

Mirrorsite 2015-ongoing by Andreas Angelidakis
Andreas Angelidakis has curated the display of all works of art on view in the gallery of the Onassis Cultural Center to create an immersive atmosphere. Part of this artistic ensemble is his Mirrorsite, an ongoing investigation into the information overload that is experienced on the Internet. The project, an environmental projection, is based on a series of landscapes of mirrors, the ideal retreat for the modern Narcissus, one where he or she seeks refuge from saturation. However, the mirrors and their reflections will eventually trap Narcissus with an illusion of infinite virtual spaces from which he will never be able to escape.

Angelidakis is an Athens-based artist and architect educated at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Columbia University. His works lie at the intersection of art and architecture and focus on the concept of space and buildings, the society that inhabits them, and the ways in which the Internet changes our behavior and perception of architecture. His projects have been on display in solo and group exhibitions in prestigious venues in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.

On View Online premiering September 30, 2015
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The Inaugural Season Illustrations by Konstantin Kakanias

Konstantin Kakanias was commissioned to provide the illustrations for both the Onassis Festival NY 2015 and the Inaugural Season. Based on the iconographies that traditionally decorated Greek ceramics from antiquity, the images are updated with contemporary relevance through the insight and creative genius of the artist.

Kakanias's drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and animated films have been exhibited worldwide. His drawings have been published in magazines internationally including the New YorkerInterviewVogue, and the New York Times, where he is currently a contributing editor for magazine. He has also published several books of his work, and designed textiles for both fashion and home decoration.

Works on Loan for the Narcissus Now Festival
Ten Columns (Sanctuary) 2013 by Blind Adam U.S. Premiere
Blind Adam (Thanos Kyriakides) isa former fashion editor whose genetic condition restricts his sight. This physical visual impairment has challenged the artist toward a new vision to explore and communicate art: his yarn constructions and canvases focus on the impossibility of perfect perception, demonstrating the deceptiveness of physical form and the fallibility of vision.

On view is Ten Columns, part of the installation Sanctuary, a ghostly Parthenon that charges the space with spirituality. The classically inspired columns are testimony to the futile human impulse to create order out of chaos through aesthetic harmony, and to circumscribe and communicate the unknown. The structure of Sanctuary is insubstantial: the elements of this virtual temple collapse upon physical contact, confirming the treachery of human perception.

Blind Adam is based in Athens, Greece. He has presented his work in solo exhibitions at Galerie 104 Kleber, Paris (2014); The Breeder, Athens (2013); Kunsthalle Athena, Athens (2013); and Suzy Tros Project Space, Athens (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Hell As Pavilion curated by Nadja Argyropoulou, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); The Art of This Century, Alex Mylona Museum, Athens (2011); A Shaded View on Fashion Film, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); and Chagallesque, Hydra School Projects, Hydra (2010).

NOW 1973 | 11:45 minutes by Lynda Benglis
The artist plays with two refracted images of herself on screen, directing and commanding her other self. The video was extensively edited and retaped to blend present and past sequences and selves, enhancing the feeling of artifice. Using this technique, Lynda Benglis blurs the line between documentary and performance, making it impossible for the viewer to understand which version of the artist is present, which is past, and which of these is therefore truly performing.

Benglis, a Greek-American sculptor and visual artist, is known for her wax paintings and poured latex sculptures. She has worked and studied in Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana, and New York. She has held over seventy-five solo exhibitions and numerous retrospectives within the U.S. and around the world, and her work is on display in national and international public collections. In the mid-1970s, Benglis executed a number of videos, continuing her exploration of female sexuality and identity-an overriding theme in her work. The interest in human form and presence in her process-oriented sculptural work finds its way into her self-reflexive, investigative videos.

From Truisms 1977-79 by Jenny Holzer
Projected on the Olympic Tower waterfall
For more than thirty-five years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her medium, whether formulated as a T-shirt, a plaque, or an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with her New York City posters, and continuing through her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, Holzer's practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor and kindness. She received the Leone d'Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award in 1996, and the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. She holds honorary degrees from Smith College, The New School, the Rhode Island School of Design, Williams College, and Ohio University.
On view in the Olympic Tower Atrium, Oct 8-11 from 10 am to 8 pm; Oct 12 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Being-seen-by-another is the truth of seeing the other 2011
by Georgia Kotretsos U.S. Premiere
In the myth of Narcissus, a pool served as the surface onto which he gazed at his own reflection. In Georgia Kotretsos's work, that surface is the audience's gaze: her artwork is the place where the viewer's gaze finds refuge, and yet the work is also reflected in the viewer's gaze, in a complex and mutual narcissistic relationship. The triptych on view in the Foyer is the result of three consecutive moments, an open invitation for further narcissism that finds an interesting parallel with the ancient Greek myth, where the act of gazing takes central stage in the doomed love of the nymph Echo for Narcissus.
Kotretsos is a visual artist based in Athens who has lived and studied in South Africa, Greece and the United States. Her practice encourages speculative approaches to how knowledge is produced by resisting its traditional and historical acquisition.

She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad and has had five solo shows, most recently at the Maximilians Forum in Munich, organized and curated by C9. With the artist Natasha Papadopoulou, Kotretsos cofounded the Athens-based collective WOMEN WITH TALENTS (2013); she also cofounded Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis, Missouri (2006). She founded and edited the journal Boot Print (2006-10) and in 2009-13 served as a columnist for PBS's Art21 with her column "Inside the Artist's Studio." In December Kotretsos will be an artist-in-residence at the International Artists in Bern program.

Moonstruck 2010 | 3:47 minutes by Eriphyli Veneri U.S. Premiere
Described by the artist as "a re-contextualization of the self, the return journey to homeland Greece," the video presents obvious visual cues for Narcissus, perverting the myth with refreshing humor and self-derision. In Moonstruck, Eriphyli Veneri throws effervescent paracetamol tablets into the sea, reflecting on the melancholia of returning to a place where the familiar has turned unfamiliar, and homesickness is experienced at home.

Veneri is an artist based in Greece. She has studied painting at the Fine Arts School of Athens, and she holds a master's degree from the Bauhaus University Weimar and a second master's from the Berlin University of the Arts. She has displayed her work in solo and group exhibitions since 2006; in 2012 she was awarded the 2nd Spyropoulos Prize for her artistic practice, and in 2013 she represented the Greek Participation at the 16th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in the field of visual arts. Since 2014 Veneri has been a doctorate student in the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly in Greece.

Thursday, September 24, 2015



— The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced today an inaugural Awards Dinner celebrating internationally-acclaimed actress Emily Blunt, iconic independent film production company Killer Films (celebrating its 20th anniversary), legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (receiving a posthumous tribute), and longtime HIFF board chairman Stuart Match Suna, to take place in East Hampton on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The Dinner, which will take place during the 23rd annual Hamptons International Film Festival (October 8–12, 2015), will benefit the Festival’s year-round programming initiatives, the annual Screenwriters’ Lab, and the longtime summer initiatives; SummerDocs and the Student Filmmaking Workshops.

As part of the Awards Dinner, Emily Blunt will be presented with the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award.  Blunt has been to the festival previously in 2005 when she was recognized as one of HIFF’s Rising Stars [now Ten Actors to Watch] program in 2005 in conjunction with her performance in GIDEON’S DAUGHTER, for which she won a Golden Globe. One of the most gifted actresses of her generation, Blunt’s versatility as a performer can be witnessed in films such as THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, EDGE OF TOMORROW, INTO THE WOODS, and the upcoming release SICARIO, in which she stars as an FBI agent enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. The Lionsgate film also stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin.

Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, who founded the New York-based production company Killer Films in 1995, will be honored with the HIFF Industry Award for 20 years of innovative, risk-taking movies and for consistently championing unique voices in independent cinema. Killer Films has produced several of the most acclaimed American independent films over the past two decades, including CAROL, STILL ALICE, which made its US Premiere at last year’s Closing Night of HIFF with Julianne Moore in attendance, FAR FROM HEAVEN, BOYS DON’T CRY, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAPPINESS, and KIDS. 

Legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles will receive a posthumous tribute. Maysles passed away in March 2015, leaving a rich cinematic legacy, including GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER, SALESMAN, and IRIS, which won HIFF’s Audience Award last year for Documentary.

HIFF founding board member, Stuart Match Suna, will be honored for his 18 years as Board Chairman. After this year’s festival, Suna will step into the Chair Emeritus role, handing the Chairman reins over to longtime board members Randy Mastro and Alec Baldwin. Under Suna’s leadership, the Festival expanded into Southampton, Montauk, Sag Harbor, and Westhampton, and evolved into a year-round cultural organization dedicated to championing film culture. Alec Baldwin will present the award to Suna.

“The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent voices in cinema, and it is in that spirit that we choose to fete this extraordinary group of individuals, each of whom has made a remarkable impact on independent film culture,” said Executive Director Anne Chaisson.  “Also, it is with great admiration that we celebrate our outgoing chairman Stuart Match Suna.  His vision and support over the past 18 years has led HIFF to where it is today.”

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The 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which will be held over. Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th – 12th, 2015, greatly appreciates the support from corporate sponsors, including Delta Air Lines, Altour International, The Wall Street Journal, and WNBC New York. Box office will open on September 26th in NYC, East Hampton and Southampton.


The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State's east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $165,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2014 marked the 6th time in the last 7 years that a film at the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

VALERIE HIRD: THE GENESIS TREE, in ArtPrize on September 23 Nora Hamie Gallery

"The Genesis Tree"

September 23 - October 11

Reception: September 23rd from 5-9 p.m.

Monroe Community Church
800 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI

The issue of intelligent design is addressed in the installation THE GENESIS TREE: a 4' x 6' sculpture composed of nearly 3000 individually-folded paper forms that suggests a different hypothesis for the origin of the species. Suspended from wire frames, the forms combine - like molecules - to create a primordial tree that defines the first explosive burst of life. The trunk, shaped by the double-stranded helices of DNA, is color-coded to the fundamental elements of earth, water, air and fire. In the tree's canopy, these elements mix into secondary hues which in turn blossom into a ring of paper birds which flock to the four compass points where they become larger and freer composite birds. An accompanying video will be available in June. Naturally occurring or intentionally created, THE GENESIS TREE celebrates the variety of life engendered by the endless and delicate interconnection of nature's systems.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015


7:00 – 9:00 PM

Ben Jones's self-titled exhibition Ben Jones X 8 transforms Ace Gallery into an immersive space with Cinema Paintings and wall-climbing New Ladder sculptures. Investigations and celebrations of the 8-bit video medium, Jones's Cinema Paintings combine traditional painting with video to create individual mesmerizing artworks. The works are characterized by vivid colors, geometric shapes and digital abstraction and utilize recurring visuals like bricks and ladders to construct a unique visual language. Distinctly minimalistic, Jones's works play with the viewer's sense of perspective, time, and place.

Designers Wolk and Morais are known for their artistic and playful aesthetic, coupling couture tradition with American sportswear savoire faire. The pair's West Coast presence has generated significant buzz amongst the world's most noteworthy fashion and lifestyle editors, celebrities and tastemakers, which include loyal fans such as Jessica Chastain, Rose McGowan, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michelle Monaghan. Wolk and Morais won the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award and have been featured in top fashion publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Teen Vogue, W, Elle, Nylon, Allure and WWD.

Ben Jones's and the designers' shared color palette, sense of form and youthful joie de vivre inspired the trio to work together to produce this collaboration, which will involve the re-contextualization of the WOLK MORAIS critically acclaimed resort 2016 collection, worn by four table tennis stars, including world famous table tennis champion and model Soo Yeon Lee.

The world premiere Apollonian Gasket by LA based composer David Utzinger was commissioned by Ace Gallery's Douglas Chrismas in honor of Ben Jones's exhibition. An Apollonian Gasket is a type of recursive "ring" or circle, made up of smaller circles, i.e. circles within circles. Utzinger states, "I think that patterns and loops are important to this exhibition, and recursion and loops are pretty closely related. Also, I like the word "Apollonian," which invokes thoughts of discipline and beauty, next to the word "gasket," which makes me think of cars and oil pans, and dirt. They don't have anything to do with Apollo though, they were discovered by Greek mathematcian Apollonius of Perga in the 3rd century BC."

David Gerhard Utzinger (born 1975 in Los Altos, CA) began his artistic career studying visual art. After music became an ever-increasing influence in his life, he began studying piano with Dr. Renee Chevalier, and composition with Dr. Paul Davies. From 2000 – 2004, he studied composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with Dr. John Bavicchi and Dr. Andrew List. While at Berklee, he received the Richard Levy Award in composition, was selected to represent the composition department during the 2004 awards concert, and participated in a residency with the Esterhazy String Quartet. In the spring of 2010, David Utzinger received his Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Richard Danielpour and received the Nicholas Flagello Award for outstanding achievement as a composer. David Utzinger is currently pursuing his Ph.D in composition and theory at UCLA, studying with Dr. Paul Chihara, Dr. David Lefkowitz, and Dr. Ian Krouse.

Soo Yeon Lee is a world champion table tennis player as well as a model and an actress. Lee was recognized for her skills after winning six successive titles as the Korean National Junior Champion by the age of eleven, in addition to winning other international junior tournaments. Lee later played for the Korean National Team and won second place in the World University Championship in China. In 2007, she came to the United States where she won the U.S. Open Championship, after winning a number of other U.S. national tournaments.

Soo Yeon Lee and the table tennis models will play on artworks in the form of ping pong tables created by Ben Jones, challenging each other and guests to matches. As the fashion-clad table tennis players face off, Utzinger's composition, a quadrophonic masterpiece, will resonate throughout the gallery.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Temnikova and Kasela will represent Krista Mölder, Inga Meldere and Flo Kasearu at upcoming Viennacontemporary art fair Sept 24-26th

(c) Krista Mölder 
Temnikova and Kasela Gallery represent Krista MölderInga Meldere and Flo Kasearu at upcoming Viennacontemporary art fair.
Do find us at booth 17D, in Marx Halle (Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, A-1030 Vienna) with Preview 2-6 pm and Vernissage 6-9 pm on 23 of September.
Fair working hours are from 11 to 19 24-26 of September and 11 to 18 on Sunday, 27th of September.

Temnikova & Kasela gallery
Sat 15.0019.00; or by appointment
Lastekodu 1, 10115 Tallinn, Estonia

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Design Miami/ expands geographic and creative horizons for 2015 edition

Design Miami/ expands geographic and creative horizons for 2015 edition 
Design Miami/ welcomes first-time galleries from São Paulo, Rome, London, New York, Brussels and Beijing

Annual pavilion commission awarded to student team from Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Fair’s engagement with graphic arts continues with 2015 fair identity from French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan 

September 2015: This December 2-6, the ongoing evolution of Design Miami/ will see a number of exciting ‘firsts’ for the fair alongside the maturation of its core relationships and initiatives.

The abiding strength of interest in design from Brazil is marked by the inaugural participation of Firma Casa from São Paulo. Design Miami’s dedication to supporting young and emerging design talent takes a new turn as the fair partners with Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) on a unique pavilion commission. Following the attention garnered by the dedicated watch satellites at Design Miami/ Basel this summer, the December 2015 fair will for the first time host a horological exhibitor in the gallery program. The joie de vivre associated with the fair’s graphic identity in recent editions will be given fresh verve by the celebrated French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan. The Design Curio program for special projects that challenge and contextualize collectible design will return for its second Miami edition. 

Looks Like Fun:Scottsdale: Larsen Gallery Engages New Audiences at Upcoming Fall Events

Larsen Gallery Engages New Audiences at
Upcoming Fall Events

Networking Mixer, Preview Party & Polo Auction
Expose Young Professionals to the Art World

(SCOTTSDALE) – Larsen Gallery, a national leader in the secondary art market for more than 20 years, is targeting new audiences this fall with several exciting events, including The Phoenix Symphony Young Professional Fall Membership Event and Larsen Auction Preview Party, leading up to their biggest event of the year: The Larsen Art Auction at The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower at WestWorld on October 24.
“We have some spectacular events this fall that will really connect us with a wider audience than most galleries are able to reach,” said Scott Larsen, Owner of Larsen Gallery and Art Auction. “We aim to share our passion for the arts, and excited to do so with our involvement with the Phoenix Symphony and Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships.”
Larsen Gallery will host The Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals (PSYP) Fall Membership event onThursday, Sept. 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at its Downtown Town Scottsdale location. PSYP is a networking group that encourages social events tied to concerts throughout the year that cultivates younger audience members’ interests. Guests will savor complimentary cocktails and appetizers, enjoy entertainment by The Phoenix Symphony, learn about the membership benefits as well as get a sneak peek at the Larsen Art Auction collection.
To RSVP for the PSYP Fall Membership please contact
Then on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Larsen Gallery will kick off the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships with their Auction Preview Party, also at the Gallery. In addition to being among the first to view the auction collection, guests at the Auction Preview Party will be treated to food and drinks, collector car displays and the chance to mingle with professional polo players! All the excitement will be building up to…
The 2015 Larsen Art Auction inside The Picasso Pavilion VIP tent at theBentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower on Saturday, Oct. 24 at WestWorld. Returning for its second year, the 2015 Larsen Art Auction is expected to be the largest live art auction at a polo championship event. The collection includes several valuable Picasso works of art, as well as original paintings by LeRoy Neiman, Milton Avery and Maynard Dixon.
In addition to the live Larsen Art Auction and three championship polo matches, the Polo Party will feature a Fashion Show by Phoenix Fashion Week, Canine Couture Runway show, field-side ballroom dancing by Fred Astaire Dance Studios, a Phoenix Symphony quartet at preview of the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Collection Car Auction.
Larsen Gallery is located at 3705 N Bishop Lane in Scottsdale.  To get more information, RSVP to the Preview Party or to register to bid for the 2015 Larsen Art Auction please visit the auction’s website or contact the gallery at 480-941-0900.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Walker Art Center will presents, German artist Andrea Büttner, November 21, 2015 through April 10, 2016 in the Burnet Gallery.


Images in Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment, 2014 (detail)
Courtesy Hollybush Gardens, London and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.
© Andrea Büttner / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014.

MINNEAPOLIS, September 14 2015—The Walker Art Center will present the first solo exhibition in the United States of German artist Andrea Büttner (b. 1972), including a newly-commissioned installation. Andrea Büttner will be on view from November 21, 2015 through April 10, 2016 in the Burnet Gallery.

Andrea Büttner’s work often creates connections between art history and social or ethical issues, with a particular interest in notions of poverty, shame, value, and vulnerability, and both exploring and challenging the belief systems that underpin them. Working within a range of premodernist media that includes woodcuts, reverse glass painting, weaving, sculpture, and moss cultivation, Büttner emphasizes such methods in dialogue and counterpoint with video, performance, and installation. By restoring outmoded methods of our time, Büttner challenges conventions of high and low, constructing a profound space between ornate and humble, cool remove and humility, and the urge to judge or remain partially withheld. She often infuses her work with her own primary research on artists who engaged in socially responsive projects, including German printmaker and activist HAP Grieshaber and the Welsh painter Gwen John. In other projects, Büttner has positioned the relatively anonymous alongside a questioning of monumental or iconic figures, a contrast evident in the artist’s recent illustration of German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment (1790).

Keep Frozen: Art-Practice-As-Research (The Artist’s View) & a 6-Hour Photo Studio

Keep Frozen: Art-Practice-As-Research (The Artist’s View) & a 6-Hour Photo Studio

Book presentation, screening and discussion with Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir and Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Laila Hida and Hicham Khalidi, moderated by Berit Schuck
16 September 2015, 16:30 and 17:30
Pro qm
Almstadtstraße 48-50
D-10119 Berlin
Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir and Stockholm-based curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist present a book project at the bookstore Pro qm in Berlin-Mitte. Keep Frozen: Art-Practice-As-Research – The Artist’s View unites 165 illustrations of and numerous writings on the artist’s ongoing research project Keep Frozen. It discusses and reflects upon the shaped present and possible future of places like Bíldudalur, a small fishing village on the coast of Arnarfjörður, one of the Westfjords in Iceland, the central harbour of Reykjavík, the old fishing port of Essaouira on the West coast of Africa and Brooklyn’s isolated neighbourhood Red Hook. The book is an introduction to the artist’s videos, experiments, observations, sculptures, installations and exhibitions about people and places alongside the Atlantic coast. It also presents the artist’s view on one of the most influential methods of global contemporary cultural production: art practice as research.
Keep Frozen: Art-Practice-As-Research – The Artist’s View was brought out by De-Construkt {projects} in New York; it is distributed by Torpedo Press, Oslo and ÚTÚRDÚR, Reykjavík. A signed and numbered special edition of 20 copies will be available at the venue.
The second presentation extends the discussion about art practice as research to include experimental art initiatives from the south. Laila Hida and Brussels-based curator Hicham Khalidi have both conducted extensive research and realized art projects in cities like Marrakech in Morocco. Hida is the founding director of Le 18, an alternative art space in the Médina of Marrakech. Her collaboration with Magnum-photographer Susan Meiselas in the project Morocco (2013) comprised a 6-hour pop-up photo studio that served the photographer as a research tool for an exhibition about women in Marrakech. Khalidi, who curated the visual arts program for the Marrakech Biennale in 2014, speaks with the artist about her next project.
After the artists’ presentations, the public is invited to ask questions or present further projects from around the world.
The book presentation, screening and discussion is funded by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and the Swedish Embassy in Berlin, with additional support from the Embassy of Iceland and the Finland-Institute. Thanks to Andrea A. Aðalsteinsdóttir and Andrea Popelka for their assistance.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Gallery Nine 5

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Look like fun: 2015 marks Charleston's 32nd annual MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts

Opening weekend less than two weeks away!
2015 marks Charleston's 32nd annual MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts, featuring an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites. MOJA runs Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, October 4 and nearly half of MOJA's events are admission-free.

The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the all volunteer MOJA Planning Committee.
Thursday, September 24

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Saturday, September 26

Sunday, September 27