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TUESDAY 26 MAY, 2015
9.00 - 10.00

Registration

10.00 - 10.40

OPENING

How can UNESCO’s ”Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” be implemented?

Christine Merkel, Head of Division for Culture, Memory of the World, UNESCO, Germany.

About the speaker
Keynote
CHRISTINE M. MERKEL, Unesco, Germany

Christine M. Merkel is Head of the Division for Culture, Memory of the World of the German Commission for UNESCO. She serves as an advisor to the German government and Parliament on UNESCO matters. For the period 2015 through 2015, she has been reappointed as a Member of UNESCO’s Expert facility on cultural governance.

In her work Christine focuses on cultural policy, democracy building and transformation of violent conflict, knowledge management and European affairs. She has excellent multilingual communication skills and has produced some twenty publications on cultural diversity, knowledge societies and democracy.

From 2011 Christine has been involved in the CONNEXXIONS – Cultural Diversity in Action in North Africa and the Middle East programme, which is part of Germany’s transformation partnership with Tunis and Egypt. In 2009 she was responsible for the World Forum “Cultural Diversity 2030,” a capacity building program for young experts in cultural policy and diversity.

In 2007 Christine was programme director of “Cultural Diversity – Europe’s Wealth: Bringing the UNESCO Convention to Life,” an international conference in the context of German EU Council Presidency involving 500 experts from 60 countries and all continents. Since 2007, she has been head of the German Contact Point for the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Since 2004, she is also Executive Coordinator of the Federal Coalition for Cultural Diversity and chaired the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Culture (2010-2012). Between 2002 and 2003 Christine was responsible for UNESCO’s European Consultation for the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) involving 150 experts from 50 countries. In 1998-2000 she was co-director of the UNESCO/World Bank Task Force for “Global Dialogue: Building Learning Societies.”

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10.40 - 11.15

PERFORMANCE

BLOC

Elika Hedayat, Visual Artist, Iran/France and Tamara Erde, Filmmaker and dancer, Israel/France

About the performers
Artist
Elika Hedayat, Visual artist, Iran/France

Elika Hedayat is an Iranian visual artist living in France. She moved to France in 2004 to attend the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Annette Messager’s studio, from which she graduated with congratulations of the jury in 2008.

Hedayat often mixes personal accounts and experimental documentary, drawing her inspiration from Iranian folk art, which is along way from classical Persian art. Her stories, though, are contemporary and her characters realistic. While the presentation and composition always is important, what she addresses through the different media she explores  –  video, drawing, performance  –  is always the same political content. She is constantly questioning identity, origins, complexity and cultural schizophrenia, whether in Iran or elsewhere.

She invents forms that recycle, rethink and update the collective history of a generation living under war and oppression. Her work generally revisits historical references, transferring them onto the terrain of personal experience, using mainly the various possibilities of her repertoire as a narrative document and tool for recuperating memory. Reality and the imaginary interpenetrate in a highly personal narrative always linked to the struggle against the blindness of oppression.

Elika joined the Israeli artist, Tamara Erde, to do the performance BLOC at the FIAC 2012 in Grand Palais, Paris. This was a symbolic act expressing that each artist is banned from the other’s territory. It offered further proof that a work of art is an act of resistance and a sign of independence with regard to the surrounding context.

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Artist
Tamara Erde, Filmmaker and dancer, Israel/France

Tamara Erde is a French-Israeli filmmaker and dancer living and working in Paris. She was born in Tel-Aviv in 1982. She graduated from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem, and later attended the Le Fresnoy Film School in France. Tamara creates in various mediums – documentary and fiction films, performances and video installations.

Her work has been presented both in many film festivals (Clermont Ferrand, Angelica Spring Festival NY, Jerusalem Int. Film Festival among others) as well as in gallery spaces and theatrical venues. In addition, Tamara frequently participates in residency programs and international artists´ projects in: New York, Denmark, England, Spain and South Korea.

In her work Tamara often deals with political and social issues focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her works mixes her personal and imaginary reflections, with a documentary approach, accompanied by profound researches on the selected themes.

She directed three short fiction films (“Rober” and “Jericho” selected in competition at the Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival in 2011), “Disney Ramallah” with the support of PACA region in France, (selected in Boston Palestinian Film Festival, “Un festival c’est trop court!” in Nice, le Festival de Sarlat France, etc.).

Tamara is currently developing a long feature film entitled “One day my father died” produced by Les Films du Poisson, France (selected at les Ateliers d’Angers 2012, Equinoxe Script Developement Program and La Maison des scénaristes of Cannes). In addition, her documentary film “This is my land” about the educational systems in Israel and Palestine will be released by the end of 2014, premiered in TIFF Festival, and coproduced by the BBC Arabic and France3.

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11.15 - 11.45

Coffee break

11.25 - 12.25

KEYNOTE

On Critical Curation – the Role and the Strategies of the Curator in the Age of Globalization

Paul Goodwin, Independent Curator and Professor, UK.

About the speaker
Keynote
Paul Goodwin, Independent Curator and Professor, UK

Paul Goodwin is an independent curator, researcher and urban theorist based in London. His curatorial, research and writing projects extend across the interdisciplinary fields of urbanism, migration, critical curatorial practice and transnationalism in contemporary art with a particular focus on Black and diaspora artists. After more than fifteen years of academic teaching and research in urban theory and cultural studies in the UK, France, and US Goodwin worked at Tate Britain as Curator of Cross Cultural Programmes and then Curator of Contemporary Art from 2008 until 2012.

He has curated and co-curated a number of internationally significant exhibitions presenting the work of artists such as Mona Hatoum, Sonia Boyce, Kader Attia, Camille Henrot, John Akomfrah, Keith Piper, Lubaina Himid, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, The Otolith Group, Steve McQueen and Rasheed Araeen among many others. Goodwin has also written about and curated (often in collaboration with artists) a number of projects around emergent urbanisms, the politics of migration and global articulations of blackness in artistic and cultural practices including: Peckham Rising (Sassoon Gallery, London 2006), Underconstruction (Pavillao 28, Lisbon 2009), Coming Ashore (Berado Collection Museum and Belem Cultural Centre, Lisbon 2011), Migrations: Journeys Into British Art (Tate Britain, London 2012), and Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations (MACBA, Barcelona 2014). In 2013 he curated ‘Charlie Phillips: The Urban Eye’ at New Art Exchange, Nottingham which was long-listed for the Deutsche Börse International Photography Prize 2014. His co-edited book with Victoria Walsh and Pamela Sepulveda,‘Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations’ was published by Royal College of Art and MELA in 2014. He is curatorial director of the 3D Foundation international sculpture park and residency programme in Verbier, Switzerland, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Third Text and is a trustee of socially engaged art organisations Peckham Platform and no.w.here in London.

Paul Goodwin works part-time as a professor and University Chair in Black Art and Design Studies at the University of the Arts London (UAL), Chelsea College of Arts and is a Senior Research Fellow at UAL’s Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN) research centre.

12.45 - 14.00

Lunch

14.00 - 15.00

WORKSHOP

Swapping Camp 1

Thierry Geoffroy (Colonel), Conceptual Artist , DK/France.

Curation:

Tijana Mišković, Independent Curator, DK

About the speakers
Artist
Thierry Geoffroy (Colonel), Conceptual Artist, DK/France

Thierry Geoffroy, also known as Colonel, is a Danish-French artist, living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a Conceptual artist using a wide variety of media including video and installations, often collaborative with other artists. Thierry refers to his work as “format art”, since the format of the artwork is the artwork. In 1989, he wrote a manifest on five types of moving exhibitions (Manifeste – Les differents Types de moving Exhibitions). Since then he has worked on several other formats, his most famous being Emergency Room, which has toured internationally and has been shown at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.

Curator
Tijana Mišković, Independent Curator, DK

Tijana is an independent curator. Her work is grounded in connecting people from different cultures, professions and disciplines and reflects a strong understanding of both the practical and conceptual aspects of art. Within this framework she has been involved in international events such as the 54th Liverpool Biennial/City States 2012, Venice Biennial, Manifesta 8 and important exhibition venues in Denmark like Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art and Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art. Member of The Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale and CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics). At the moment she is working on the development of COPENHAGEN ULTRACONTEMPORARY BIENNALE together with artist Thierry Geoffroy/ COLONEL focusing on artistic capacity to spot dysfunctions in the society and express them in sync with time. Education: MA in Art and Theory from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

15.00 - 15.45

DIALOGUE SESSION

Can the Art Biennale as a Global Phenomenon Create a Space for Intercultural Dialogue?

Alia Swastika, Program Director at Ark Galerie and Director of the 13th Biennale, Jogja, Indonesia

In Conversation With

Gavin Clarke, Program Manager, Images, DK.

About the speakers
Curator
Alia Swastika, Program Director at Ark Galerie and Director of the 13th Biennale Jogja, Indonesia

Alia Swastika started her curatorial career by working as an artistic manager in Cemeti Art House, in Yogyakarta and later developed Ark Galerie, in Jakarta. In 2006, she participated in a fellowship program funded by the Asian Cultural Council in order to do art research in the USA. She also completed a fellowship with the Asia-Europe Foundation in Berlin (2005) whilst also being a research fellow at The National Art Gallery in Singapore (2010).

Alia has curated exhibitions of many different artists in Indonesia, presented ‘The Past The Forgotten Time’ in Amsterdam, Jakarta, Semarang, Shanghai, Singapore (2007—2008), ‘Manifesto: The New Aesthetic of Seven Indonesian Artists’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2010), as well as many exhibitions with artists from South East Asia. She has been the curator of the Jogja Biennale XI in November 2011 with Suman Gopinath (India) and been appointed as one of the Artistic Directors of the Gwangju Biennale 2012, South Korea. She presented Indonesian artists as Part of the Marker program at Art Dubai 2012, which had a special focus on Indonesia.

Biennale Jogja

Jogjakarta is known as the center of all cultural movements in Indonesia, with an interesting program juxtaposing contemporary and traditional arts as well as political arts and aesthetics. With its long history of hosting local and national prestigious art events since 1988, Biennale Jogja has taken a new direction since the beginning of 2010, with the establishment of the Jogja Biennale Foundation. The Foundation also changed the vision of the event by involving different art practitioners, as the previous events were initiated and directed by the government. The new vision is expressed best through the concept of the ‘Equator’, which focuses and explores, re-questions and reconsiders the well-known concepts of ‘internationalism’ or ‘globalization’.

Moderator
Gavin Clarke, Program Manager, Images, DK

Gavin Clarke is the Program Manager for Images at CKU, the Centre for Culture and Development. He holds a BA (Hon) degree in Drama and Contemporary Literature from the University of Cape Town, South Africa where he also studied Theatre Direction.

Gavin was previously Project Manager for The Intercultural Network, an initiative funded by the Ministry of Culture to promote intercultural development in national arts institutions and institutions of higher education for the arts in Denmark. Prior to joining CKU, Gavin was Project Manager for Brændstof in Copenhagen County (Københavns Amt), a program aimed at developing intercultural arts and promoting audience development and access for minorities with other ethnic, cultural or religious backgrounds on the Danish arts scene.

Images

Images is a national program for contemporary art and culture from Africa, Asia and the Middle East and a platform for new voices and emerging artists from these regions. In 2016 Images will focus strictly on disciplines within the visual arts and will be produced as a conceptually coherent and geographically spread series of sub-programs, exhibitions and events taking place throughout the year at 16 art museums, institutions and galleries with the underlying theme: the artist and society.

15.45 - 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 - 18.00

ROUNDTABLE SESSION

How to Promote New Voices in Art

KICK OFF SESSION:

Tessa Jackson, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), UK

Maria Ribas, CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), Spain.

Osei Bonsu, Independent Curator and Writer, Ghana/UK

ROUNDTABLE WORKSHOPS for participants:

What Can We Do to Discover and Promote New Voices in the Arts?

Moderator:

Niels Righolt, Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (CKI)

Workshop facilitator:

Camara C. Lundestad Joof, Independent Performance Artist and Arts Producer, NO/DK

About the speakers
Presenter
Tessa Jackson, Director, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), UK

Tessa Jackson is Director of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London, an organisation that explores the politics of race and global identities through the visual arts. Iniva is committed to diversifying the mainstream and challenging the status quo. Tessa has over 25 years’ experience of the visual arts in Britain and internationally, as a curator, gallery director, writer and cultural policy advisor.  Shortly she will be leaving Iniva to work independently.

Tessa Jackson was the founding Artistic Director of Artes Mundi, Wales’ International Visual Art Prize, working with amongst others, Xu Bing, Eija Liisa Ahtila, Kara Walker, N S Harsha, Chen Chieh-jen, Subodh Gupta and Yael Bartana. Previously she was Director of the Scottish Arts Council where she contributed to Scotland’s first National Cultural Strategy, and Director of Arnolfini, Bristol where she curated a range of significant exhibitions and prepared the way for its building re-development. Previously she was based in Glasgow, becoming Head of Visual Arts for Glasgow 1990, European City of Culture.

Selected Board responsibilities include: Advisory Board, Tate Gallery St Ives (1994-1999); Panel Member, International Initiatives Fund, Arts Council of England (1995-1999); Member of Scotland Committee, British Council (2000-2002); Member of New Moves International, Scotland (2003-2007); Chair, Edinburgh Art Festival (since 2005).

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Presenter
Maria Ribas, Head of Audience Development, CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), Spain.

Maria Ribas is Head of Audience Development at the CCCB (Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona). She is managing the team of public affairs and audience development, and coordinating with the different departments of the CCCB as well as other institutions. She has been working at the CCCB since 1993 in the Communication department, and up until 2001 combined with the organization of activities, in managing space rentals, education service and conferences and seminars.

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) is a vibrant cultural institution in the centre of Barcelona which organizes and produces exhibitions, debates, festivals and concerts, programmes, film cycles, courses and lectures, and encourages creation using new technologies and languages.

It promotes artistic research in fields such as multimedia, backs research into exhibition formats, exports its in-house productions to other national and international arts centres, museums and institutions, and generates debate, thought and reflection on the theme of the city and the public domain, as well as other issues of current affairs. The CCCB can nowadays guarantee a quality multidisciplinary programme that furthers contemporary culture.

Presenter
Osei Bonsu, Indenpendent Curator and Writer, Ghana/UK

Osei Bonsu is a British-Ghanaian independent curator and writer based in London. His writing has been included in a number of museum and exhibition catalogues including the 56th Venice Biennial Exhibition “All the Worlds Futures” (curated by Okwui Enwezor) and Milan EXPO “Arts and Food” (curated by Germano Celant).

He has developed a number of projects focused on international art, including “Pangea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America” (Saatchi Gallery, 2015) and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (2013 – 14). He advises private and not-for-profit arts organizations and contributes to publications such as New African, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Mousse Magazine, and Art Review among others.

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Moderator
Niels Righolt, Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (CKI), DK

Niels is the director of CKI – the Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture. He has been the chairman of CKI since 2009 and is today the director with a focus on advocacy, cultural policy and external relations. For several years Niels was a member of the transregional Danish-Swedish Cultural Forum in the Øresund Committee. He has a background as Museum Director, Artistic director, Chief Curator at E.g. the Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden. Niels has a broad portfolio of trust as a board member for among others the Platform for Intercultural Europe in Brussels, Audience Europe Network, Dansehallerne in Copenhagen, TrAP – Transnational Arts Production in Oslo, Theatregrad in Copenhagen, Dance Action Node Sweden in Stockholm and Salaam.dk in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Facilitator
Camara C. Lundestad Joof, Independent Performance Artist and Arts Producer, NO/DK

Camara C. Lundestad Joof is an Independent Performance Artist and Arts Producer. She has worked as a freelance political and artistic adviser for the art institutions in Norway as well as through her work with TrAP – Office for Transnational Arts Productions and her work with Audiences Norway. Camara is a member of various boards and councils in Norway. She is currently based in Copenhagen, working as a freelance arts producer and touring with her performance “Pavlovs Bitch”.

18.00 - 19.30

SOCIAL CONFERENCE

Networking, drinks & music by DJ Esben Weile Kjær in the CREATIVE ZONE, Øksnehallen

Sponsors: Organic Red Wine sponsored by Ecological Winery Villa d’Orta and CentralBcn. Soft drinks sponsored by Pepsi Max
WEDNESDAY 27 MAY, 2015
9.00 - 10.00

Registration

10.00 - 10.45

KEYNOTE

Rethinking Migration in the Context of Nordic Coloniality

Tone Olaf Nielsen, Independent curator, Co-director of CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics) and Program & Internship/Volunteer Coordinator at Trampoline House: Copenhagen Refugee Community, DK

About the speaker
Curator
Tone Olaf Nielsen, Kuratorisk Aktion, DK

Tone Olaf Nielsen’s multifaceted practice as an independent curator, activist, and educator is shaped by her firm belief in the ability of art to contribute to social and political transformation. It is with this ethos that she co-founded the decolonial-transnational feminist curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion in 2005 together with curator Frederikke Hansen. The collective has since received international recognition for its work on race, class, and gender justice in projects such as Rethinking Nordic Colonialism (2006) and their newly opened exhibition space CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics). Since 1998, Nielsen has also partnered with socio-politically engaged artist Morten Goll. In 2009, they helped found the Trampoline House, a community center in Copenhagen that offers Counselling, education, and community to refugees and undocumented migrants. With projects such as Democracy When?! Activist Strategizing in Los Angeles (2002) and Minority Report: Challenging Intolerance in Contemporary Denmark (2004), Nielsen has helped generate platforms for anti-racist, anti-sexist, and decolonial critique and action.

10.45 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 13.00

PANEL SESSION

Best Practice in the Arts: Can Works of Art and Art Practice Enhance Intercultural Dialogue?

Featuring panelists:

Ibrahim Mahama, Visual Artist, Ghana.
Silvia Litadi, Independent Curator, Italy.
Kenneth Balfelt, Visual Artist, DK.

Moderators:

Osei Bonsu, Independent Curator and Writer, Ghana/UK.

Niels Righolt, Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (CKI), DK.

About the speakers
Artist
Ibrahim Mahama, Visual Artist, Ghana

Ibrahim Mahama is a visual artist from Ghana who, despite his young age, has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London with an ambitious work, where canvas bag covered an entire exhibition space in the group exhibition Pangea (2014). This work was also exhibited at Dak’Art Biennale in 2014 and will become part of the main exhibition at the upcoming 56th Biennale in Venice this year.
Mahama is an artist for whom the collectivist potentialities of art production, recall the progressivism of political action. His practice acts within the historical intersection of society and its commodities, placing an emphasis on processes in which art becomes the residual product of civic movement. His ambitious installations (Occupation 2011 – on-going) form a series of interventions in which symbolically loaded materials often associated with trade and export are utilized to question the role of the object within processes of daily transaction and exchange.
Mahama’s specific engagement with the conditions of Ghanaian trade, has led him into an intensive dialogue with the historical reality of its raw minerals and materials. For example, the exogenous factors underlining the transnational and global histories of cocoa to reveal the specificity of trade routes. Smuggled from an offshore island at the closing of the nineteenth century, cocoas’ subsequent cultivation as the nations foremost commodity engendered the growth of local capitalism in South-eastern Ghana. Mahama spends time observing the way in which today’s markets, absorbent of increasingly manufactured industrial and agricultural product, become sites for the entanglement of colonial legacies. Jute sacks matted with the residue of past produce, old Dutch wax fabric (or its cheaper Chinese equivalent), fishing nets, and other materials are woven into large-scale textiles composed through a collaborative process with urban migrant communities.

Curator
Silvia Litardi, Independent Curator, Italy

Silvia Litardi (born in 1979) is an Art Historian and Independent Curator from Rome, Italy. In her professional career and research, contemporary art is a complex and strategic device in order to reconsider social and cultural identities. In her curatorial practice – as well as in her teaching job in design and research – the public and the private sphere is constantly questioned; she steadily focuses her attention on the artistic process as the main place from where the world constantly reconfigures.

At the beginning of her career, she was focused on Contemporary Latin American Art, and she moved to Buenos Aires in 2007 where she conducted research on Argentinian independent curatorial projects. Between 2001-2007 she got to know very interesting art projects in Southern Cone (Cono Sur). While she lived in Argentina, she began to investigate the contemporary art practice and various independent forms of curating as acts of political activism. Back in Rome (2010) she brought her deep understanding of these dynamics into “Space Metropoliz”, a public art project she curated in 2011 that also became a documentary film in 2013. From this complex and long experience originated MAAM, the “Museum of other and Outer of Metropoliz – Mestizo City” (Rome) with whom she now collaborates regularly. Silvia also worked for II Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Ushuaia, Argentina), the Baltic Art Center (Newcastle, UK). She collaborates with several private galleries and public institutions all over the world.

Artist
Kenneth Balfelt, Visual Artist, DK

Kenneth A. Balfelt works as an artist in a series of social-political projects. He is driven by a strong social commitment and a great interest in urban development. In a large number of his projects he is working with socially disadvantaged people and the encounter. He has often worked with drug users, homeless people, socially disadvantaged people with a different ethnic background than Danish, in social housing areas etc.

Kenneth’s starting point is always the specific context and the specific people he encounters. Respect for people´s dignity is at all times his point of departure and the objective of his projects. As an artist, he rethinks, deconstructs, researches and develops new solutions.

An example of this practice is the project “Enghave Mini Park – repositioning of beer drinkers”: a group of beer drinkers became involved in the proces of selecting their new location, choosing and maintaning the site. In Halden Prison in Norway, he made a therapy garden with inmates. He is the co-author of the report “The city as a living room – urban renewal with room for socially vulnerable”, published by the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs. During 4-5 years Kenneth worked in Tingbjerg, a marginalized area in the periphery of Copenhagen, where he was involved in conflict resolution, an arts festival and a school project.

Kenneth A. Balfelt holds a BA degree in Fine Art and a MA degree in Art History from Goldsmiths University, London.

Moderator
Niels Righold, Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (CKI), DK

Niels is the director of CKI – the Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture. He has been the chairman of CKI since 2009 and is today the director with a focus on advocacy, cultural policy and external relations. For several years Niels was a member of the transregional Danish-Swedish Cultural Forum in the Øresund Committee. He has a background as Museum Director, Artistic director, Chief Curator at E.g. the Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden. Niels has a broad portfolio of trust as a board member for among others the Platform for Intercultural Europe in Brussels, Audience Europe Network, Dansehallerne in Copenhagen, TrAP – Transnational Arts Production in Oslo, Theatregrad in Copenhagen, Dance Action Node Sweden in Stockholm and Salaam.dk in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Moderator
Osei Bonsu, Independent Curator and Writer, Ghana/UK

Osei Bonsu is a British-Ghanaian independent curator and writer based in London. His writing has been included in a number of museum and exhibition catalogues including the 56th Venice Biennial Exhibition and Milan EXPO “Arts and Food” at La Triennale di Milano.

He is the founding director of CRANE, a platform for young and emerging artists from the African continent, and has developed a number of projects focused on international art, including “Pangea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America” (Saatchi Gallery, 2015) and 1-54 Art Fair (2013 – 14). He advises private and not-for-profit arts organizations and contributes to publications such as New African, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Mousse Magazine, and Art Review among others.

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch

14.00 - 15.00

WORKSHOP

Swapping Camp 2

Thierry Geoffroy (Colonel), Conceptual Artist, DK/France.

Curation:

Tijana Mišković, Independent Curator, DK

About the speakers
Artist
Thierry Geoffroy (Colonel), Artist, DK/France

Thierry Geoffroy, also known as Colonel, is a Danish-French artist, living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a Conceptual artist using a wide variety of media including video and installations, often collaborative with other artists. Thierry refers to his work as “format art”, since the format of the artwork is the artwork. In 1989, he wrote a manifest on five types of moving exhibitions (Manifeste – Les differents Types de moving Exhibitions). Since then he has worked on several other formats, his most famous being Emergency Room, which has toured internationally and has been shown at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.

Curator
Tijana Miskovic , Curator, DK

Tijana is an independent curator. Her work is grounded in connecting people from different cultures, professions and disciplines and reflects a strong understanding of both the practical and conceptual aspects of art. Within this framework she has been involved in international events such as the 54th Liverpool Biennial/City States 2012, Venice Biennial, Manifesta 8 and important exhibition venues in Denmark like Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art and Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art. Member of The Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale and CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics). At the moment she is working on the development of COPENHAGEN ULTRACONTEMPORARY BIENNALE together with artist Thierry Geoffroy/ COLONEL focusing on artistic capacity to spot dysfunctions in the society and express them in sync with time. Education: MA in Art and Theory from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

15.00 - 16.00

PANEL SESSION

Can International Networks Promote Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue on a local level?

Featuring panelists:

María del Carmen Carrión, Director of Public Programs and Research at ICI (Independent Curators International), New York, U.S.A.
Kati Kivinen, curator at KIASMA, Finland and Vice President at IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), Germany.

Moderators:

Osei Bonsu, Independent Curator and Writer, Ghana/UK.

Niels Righolt, Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (CKI), DK.

About the speakers
Presenter
María del Carmen Carrión, Director of Public Programs and Research at ICI (Independent Curators International), New York, U.S.A.

María del Carmen Carrión is an independent curator and art critic from Quito, who received an MA from the Curatorial Practice Program at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, and taught at Universidad Católica in Quito. She is currently Director of Public Programs & Research at Independent Curators International in New York. She co-founded Constructo /, an international collective platform devoted to research and debate of art and visual culture.

Since 2009, she has been a member of the curatorial college of ceroinspiración, an exhibition and residency space in Quito. Recent projects include: The Life of Objetcs, VOGT Gallery, New York (2011), Materia Prima, 8va Bienal de Mercosur, Porto Alegre (2011), Otros Fueros, collaboration with Tercerunquinto, EACC, Castelló (2011), Historias Fugaces, LABoral, Gijón (2011), and The Nature of Things at the Biennial of the Americas, chief curator Paola Santoscoy, Denver (2010). Former positions include: Associate Curator at New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and Research Coordinator for Museo de la Ciudad in Quito.

Presenter
Kati Kivinen, Curator at KIASMA, Finland and Vice President at IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art),

Helsinki-based art historian and curator Kati Kivinen has been working as curator for temporary exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA since 2003. Before she has been working as coordinator for the Finnish Fund for Art Exchange FRAME. In July 2009 Kivinen was appointed Artistic Director of AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, for the year 2010.

Kivinen received her MA at the University of Helsinki in 2000 and her work as a freelance curator started in 1999. Her freelance projects include f.ex. the touring exhibition Don’t Worry – Be Curious! The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art (together with Dorothee Bienert and Enrico Lunghi), 2007-2008, and Touching from a Distance at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, 2002. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation in Art History at the University of Helsinki. Her doctoral studies are a part of research in Finnish video art installations funded by Academy of Finland.

Kivinen is the vice president of the Finnish Society for Curators – SKY, and the vice president of the IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art since 2006.

IKT is the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. It is a members organisation that brings together curators from across the world, to meet, share knowledge, exchange ideas and broaden their professional networks. IKT represents the professional interests of contemporary curators worldwide, and is the equivalent of international organisations such as ICOM, CIMAM or AICA. IKT was founded in 1973 and its early members included prominent curators such as Eberhard Roters, Eddy de Wilde and Harald Szeemann.

Moderator
Niels Righolt, Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (CKI), DK

Niels is the director of CKI – the Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture. He has been the chairman of CKI since 2009 and is today the director with a focus on advocacy, cultural policy and external relations. For several years Niels was a member of the transregional Danish-Swedish Cultural Forum in the Øresund Committee. He has a background as Museum Director, Artistic director, Chief Curator at E.g. the Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden. Niels has a broad portfolio of trust as a board member for among others the Platform for Intercultural Europe in Brussels, Audience Europe Network, Dansehallerne in Copenhagen, TrAP – Transnational Arts Production in Oslo, Theatregrad in Copenhagen, Dance Action Node Sweden in Stockholm and Salaam.dk in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Moderator
Osei Bonsu, Independent Curator and Writer, Ghana/UK

Osei Bonsu is a British-Ghanaian independent curator and writer based in London. His writing has been included in a number of museum and exhibition catalogues including the 56th Venice Biennial Exhibition and Milan EXPO “Arts and Food” at La Triennale di Milano.

He is the founding director of CRANE, a platform for young and emerging artists from the African continent, and has developed a number of projects focused on international art, including “Pangea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America” (Saatchi Gallery, 2015) and 1-54 Art Fair (2013 – 14). He advises private and not-for-profit arts organizations and contributes to publications such as New African, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Mousse Magazine, and Art Review among others.

16.00 - 16.15

Coffee break

16.15 - 18.00

ROUNDTABLE SESSION

Can Exile, Subculture and Difference be Drivers in Art Production?

KICK OFF SESSION:

Elika Hedayat, Visual Artist,  Iran/France.

Tamara Erde, Filmmaker and Dancer, Israel/France.

ROUNDTABLE WORKSHOPS for participants:

How to work around inclusion/exclusion mechanisms on the local art scene

Moderator:

Niels Righolt, Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (CKI), DK.

About the speakers
Artist
Elika Hedayat, Visual Artist, Iran/France

Elika Hedayat is an Iranian visual artist living in France. She moved to France in 2004 to attend the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Annette Messager’s studio, from which she graduated with congratulations of the jury in 2008.

Hedayat often mixes personal accounts and experimental documentary, drawing her inspiration from Iranian folk art, which is along way from classical Persian art. Her stories, though, are contemporary and her characters realistic. While the presentation and composition always is important, what she addresses through the different media she explores  –  video, drawing, performance  –  is always the same political content. She is constantly questioning identity, origins, complexity and cultural schizophrenia, whether in Iran or elsewhere.

She invents forms that recycle, rethink and update the collective history of a generation living under war and oppression. Her work generally revisits historical references, transferring them onto the terrain of personal experience, using mainly the various possibilities of her repertoire as a narrative document and tool for recuperating memory. Reality and the imaginary interpenetrate in a highly personal narrative always linked to the struggle against the blindness of oppression.

Elika joined the Israeli artist, Tamara Erde, to do the performance BLOC at the FIAC 2012 in Grand Palais, Paris. This was a symbolic act expressing that each artist is banned from the other’s territory. It offered further proof that a work of art is an act of resistance and a sign of independence with regard to the surrounding context.

Read more here


Artist
Tamara Erde, Filmmaker and Dancer, Israel/France

Tamara Erde is a French-Israeli filmmaker and dancer living and working in Paris. She was born in Tel-Aviv in 1982. She graduated from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem, and later attended the Le Fresnoy Film School in France. Tamara creates in various mediums – documentary and fiction films, performances and video installations.

Her work has been presented both in many film festivals (Clermont Ferrand, Angelica Spring Festival NY, Jerusalem Int. Film Festival among others) as well as in gallery spaces and theatrical venues. In addition, Tamara frequently participates in residency programs and international artists´ projects in: New York, Denmark, England, Spain and South Korea.

In her work Tamara often deals with political and social issues focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her works mixes her personal and imaginary reflections, with a documentary approach, accompanied by profound researches on the selected themes.

She directed three short fiction films (“Rober” and “Jericho” selected in competition at the Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival in 2011), “Disney Ramallah” with the support of PACA region in France, (selected in Boston Palestinian Film Festival, “Un festival c’est trop court!” in Nice, le Festival de Sarlat France, etc.).

Tamara is currently developing a long feature film entitled “One day my father died” produced by Les Films du Poisson, France (selected at les Ateliers d’Angers 2012, Equinoxe Script Developement Program and La Maison des scénaristes of Cannes). In addition, her documentary film “This is my land” about the educational systems in Israel and Palestine will be released by the end of 2014, premiered in TIFF Festival, and coproduced by the BBC Arabic and France3.

Read more here

18.30 - 20.00

ART RECEPTION

Networking, Food & Poetry by Sara Omar, Poet and Writer, Iraqi Kurdistan/DK at the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK)

THURSDAY 28 MAY, 2015
9.00 - 10.00

Registration

10.00 - 10.45

KEYNOTE 1

From Festival to Biennale: A Strategy to Support Sustainable Intercultural Dialogue

Christina Papsø Weber, National Director at Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU), DK.

About the speaker
Keynote
Christina Papsø Weber, Director at the Danish Center for Culture and Development (CKU)., Danish

Christina Papsø Weber is the National Director at the Danish Center for Culture and Development (CKU). Her main task is to raise awareness in Denmark about contemporary art and culture from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She holds a master degrees in Liberal Arts from University of Pennsylvania (MLA) and Art History from University of Copenhagen (mag.art.) and has a Diploma of Leadership from University College Seeland.

Before joining CKU Christina Papsø Weber was Head of the Education Department at ARKEN, a Museum of Modern Art placed in a multicultural municipality representing 82 different nationalities. Her main interests and working areas are intercultural dialogue, contemporary art and audience engagement. She has been part of different inter-institutional research and developing projects: “Museums and Cultural institution as spaces for citizenship” and “Tools for change how outreach makes museums matter”. Both projects are action learning based and are co-operations between Universities and Cultural Institutions. Her latest publications in English are: “Engaging New Audiences, Acquiring New Skills: What an Art Museum Can Learn from Hiring Front Staff with Local Skills”, in The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (2014). “Performing in Transit. Identities and Spaces of Agency in THE ESCAPE! Resume/Reset”, in Migration, ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 6 (2013). “Kickstarting Utopia: An example of outreach”, in Utopic Curating, ARKEN BULLETIN vol. 5 (2010)

The first Images festival, Images of Africa, was held in 1991. CKU has hosted Images since 1996 with the aim of presenting arts from the global south to Danish audiences. From 2016 Images will be produced as a biennial that supports international curators, arts professionals and arts institutions to collaborate and partnership with Danish cultural institutions to exhibit arts from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

10.45 - 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 - 12.00

KEYNOTE 2

On Bridging the Gap – Art Scenes in Conflict Zones: Sense of Place and Society

Alia Rayyan, Director at the Al Hoash Gallery – the Palestinian Art Court, Jerusalem.

About the speaker
Keynote
Alia Rayyan, Director at the Al Hoash Gallery – the Palestinian Art Court, Jerusalem., Palestine

Alia Rayyan holds an MA degree in international politics, with focus on the Middle East, sociology and history of art, from University of Hamburg and School of Oriental and African Studies “SOAS” – University of London. She worked in Berlin, Beirut, Dubai, Amman and Ramallah. Since 2001 she interweaves politics and art around the issue “image-perception-knowledge-power” as a creative producer, filmmaker, project manager, journalist and writer for different projects and events.

Alia created and worked for a number of intercultural projects in the art field like the literature exchange program “West-Eastern Diwan”, Berliner Festspiele, Goethe Institute or “Living Globality”, an Arab-German exchange of culture journalists for the Heinrich Böll Foundation.  In 2003 she worked as journalist, researcher and moderator for the contemporary Arab culture program of  “Disorientation”, House of World Cultures, Berlin – one of the first contemporary Arab Art shows in Germany.

Moving in 2007 to Palestine manifested her focus to the topic of image language and identity, and she worked for different international organizations as consultant and culture manager in Ramallah and Amman, like UNESCO, Heinrich Böll Foundation and GIZ. In 2008 she worked as committee member, film advisor and artist for ”Masarat – the Palestinian Contemporary Art Festival”, Brussels.

Since September 2013, she took over the position as executive and art director at the Al Hoash Gallery – the Palestinian Art Court, in Jerusalem. She was responsible for creating the new creative industry program for young Palestinian artists and designers, as well as the social art engagement program with urban interventions and rebel architecture projects to confront the specific circumstances in public spaces for Palestinians in Jerusalem. Her latest article about rethinking structures for the creative field in conflict zones will be published in Museums – Users and Sustainable Solutions, by the Danish Agency of Culture.

12.00 - 12.20

Performance

AFGHAN HOUND

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Video- and Performance Artist, DK.

About the performer
Artist
Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Video- and Performance Artist, DK

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen primarily engages in video and performance art. Cuencas productions involve scripted texts, composed music as well as intricate visual elements; costumes as set design. She gathers, adapts, and universalizes her narratives in both a critical and humorous approach in regards to issues such as identity, culture, religion, gender and social relations.

12.20 - 14.00

Lunch

 

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