November 20, 2012

Salon: Michael Arcega and Mads Lynnerup

Michael Arcega will discuss his most recent project, Baby and the Nacirema. This exhibition has two main threads: the first is the narrative of Lewis & Clark and the second is an anthropological paper by Horace Miner, entitled The Body Ritual of the Nacirema.

Mads Lynnerup will discuss his most recent work that deals with interaction between art and audience, which is also the theme of his most recent traveling exhibition at Laboral Center for Contemporary Art in Gijon, Spain. This project involves a series of sculptures and an installation that is an art object that also functions as an alternative fitness apparatus.

Participating Residents

November 19, 2012

Clark House Initiative, Bombay: Collective Practices Discussion

Clark House Initiative, ISCP’s 2012 institution-in-residence is currently working on the idea of cultural transfer – how a work of culture can be transferred to another cultural context, which may be another geography or from another time. Curators Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma will discuss Clark House Initiative’s program, especially their on-going research of collective practices from various parts of India, especially the Northeast.

November 15, 2012

Talk: ZOO-TOPIA: Zoo Architecture as Taxonomies of Representation

London-based curator and writer Eszter Steierhoffer will give a talk on ZOO-TOPIA, a new publication that features 2010 ISCP alum Szabolcs KissPál. Amorous Architecture, a new work by Kisspál will be screened before the talk; it is a docu-fiction exploring the architecture of the Budapest Zoo in order to shed light on its wider ideological and cultural implications and the ways national and ethnic identities are constructed. ZOO-TOPIA’S starting point is display histories and architectural settings within zoos, and the spatial articulation of a cultural history of Modern times. A selection of essays and artists’ contributions survey the zoo as a showcase of modernist architecture and experimentation; as museum; as site of national representation; as prison; as animal society; as a city and world-image, or as a psycho-geographical space, and an escape in the city.

The ZOO-TOPIA publication was conceived as an exhibition in a book format, and includes works by Anca Benera, Yona Friedman, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Candida Höfer, Szabolcs KissPál, Wesley Meuris, Ahmet Ögüt and Société Réaliste (Ferenc Gróf & Jean-Baptiste Naudy), and texts by John Berger, Zoltan Kekesi and Andreas Spiegl. ZOO-TOPIA is conceived and edited by Eszter Steierhoffer, designed by STSQ and commissioned by the Balassi Institute in London in partnership with the Royal College of Art and the ZSL London Zoo.