November 15, 2011

Salon: Gabriella Csoszó and Yen-Hua Lee

Gabriella Csoszó will present photos of IN LOCATION Free Photography Workshop, which she initiated during her residency at ISCP as an open event for the community of East Williamsburg. This workshop explored the industrial and residential areas of Williamsburg and its rapidly changing urban landscape in cooperation with urbanist Levente Polyák. Csoszó lives and works in Budapest. Much of her research has focused on the history of Radio Free Europe. She has examined the periodical pause in its program and its restart in the recent past, analyzing the role of radio in democracy, as well as gradations in the communication of freedom and propaganda.

Yen-Hua Lee will present an installation and video and will discuss her practice. Lee works with drawings and light, and her current project involves a collection of timeworn books published in various countries around the world. She graduated from the National Art University of Taiwan in 2002 and earned a MFA in 2007 from Northern Illinois University. Lee has received several art residency fellowships and her work has been shown in Argentina, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, and the United States.

Participating Residents

Open Studios
November 3–November 6, 2011

Fall Open Studios 2011

98weeks presents
– A program
Friday – Sunday, November 4-6th, 3-7pm

– On publications
Saturday, November 5th, 5pm

– Text tasks: roles and relations in artistic research
Sunday, Sovember 6th, 3pm

See it again, say it again: the artist as researcher
Sunday, November 6th, 5pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Fall Open Studios is a four-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 36 artists, artist collectives and curators from 22 countries currently in residence at ISCP will present work in their studios.

Open Studios offers the public access to innovative contemporary art practices from across the globe – seen for the first time together in New York City – providing an exceptional opportunity to engage with the production, process and archives of artists working with a diverse range of mediums, approaches and concepts. Alongside Open Studios, ISCP presents a series of programs in collaboration with 98weeks, an artist-run space in Beirut, and Valiz publishers, based in Amsterdam.

Participating artists and curators in open studios

Oystein Aasan (Norway), Eunice Adorno (Mexico), Peter Amdam (Norway), Itziar Barrio (Spain), Keren Benbenisty (Israel), Anton Cabaleiro (Spain), Amy Cheung (Hong Kong), Yu-Cheng Chou (Taiwan), Petros Chrisostomou (United Kingdom), Gabriella Csoszó (Hungary), Jacqueline Doyen (Germany), Leif Elggren (Sweden), Claire Fontaine (France), Michael Forbes (United Kingdom), Minja Gu (South Korea), Astrit Ismaili (Kosovo), Takahiro Iwasaki (Japan), David Jablonowski (The Netherlands), Eun Hyung Kim (South Korea), Jadranka Kosorcic (Croatia), Dirk Lange (Germany), Kakyoung Lee (South Korea), Yen-Hua Lee (Taiwan), Kelly Lycan (Canada), Marina Markovic (Serbia), Ursula Mayer (Austria), Sam Mitchell (New Zealand), Eamon Ore-Giron (USA), Hélène Picard (France), Jean-Michel Ross (Canada), Travis Somerville (USA), Stefanos Tsivopoulos (The Netherlands), Mette Winckelmann (Denmark), Jamil Yamani (Australia), Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi (Japan)

98weeks at iscp open studios

In October 2011, ISCP launched an annual residency for an international contemporary art organization. This residency was initiated in the same spirit as ISCP’s residency program, to support cultural exchange by bringing an international perspective into a local context. Currently in residence at ISCP is 98weeks, a non-profit, artist-run space in Beirut. 98weeks operates within an expanding arts infrastructure and addresses a new generation of artists living in Beirut. Their activities are collaborative and research-based, combining both theoretical and practical forms of inquiry. 98weeks’ projects take multiple forms such as workshops, community projects, seminars, video screenings, reading groups and publications. Every 98 weeks, a research topic is outlined and worked on for that same time period. 98weeks’ first topic addressed spatial practices in Beirut, and their current subject focuses on publications. Activities, ideas and projects often stem from ongoing discussions and conversations with the community of artists living in Beirut.

To translate this singular configuration into another city, and to transpose 98weeks’ project space into an institutional one, poses different challenges, such as how to re-present the immaterial, process-based nature of 98weeks’ activities. In order to address this, 98weeks presents A Program, which is being hosted by ISCP to accompany Open Studios, and which reflects on operating strategies and structural differences. A Program will have autonomous opening hours and will host a series of events to gather the audience at a given time and space. These events will introduce the public to 98weeks through the group’s first two research topics.

98weeks A Program Schedule

November 4-6th, 3-7pm: On the city, a selection of videos and works that disclose urban narratives on contemporary Beirut, revealing aspects of the city and its history that have not yet been subsumed under dominant narratives or popular clichés. Artists include Marwa Arsanios, Vartan Avakian, Mounira el Solh, Siska and Karine Wehbe.

On Publications revisits historical publications from the Middle East, reinterpreting their present potential for our understanding of the history of literary and publishing production. A selection of books by artists close to 98weeks’ activities will be available for the public to read by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Mirene Arsanios, Rayya Badran, Mounira el Solh, Rana Hamadeh, Hatem Imam, Samandal Magazine, Jana Traboulsi and Karine Wehbe.

Saturday, November 5th, 5pm: On Publications Suneela Sunbula and Mirene Ghossein will read two poems, by Sargon Boulos and Adonis, respectively, and both published in Shi’r, an avant-garde poetry magazine (1957 – 1970) created by the Lebanese poet Youssef el Khal and known for introducing the prose poem in Arabic.

Sunday, November 6th, 3pm: Text Tasks: Roles and Relations in Artistic Research, a roundtable conversation with Mirene Arsanios and Sidsel Nelund addressing a series of physical and dialogical tasks challenging the relation between thinking and doing, theory and practice.

See it again, say it again: the artist as researcher panel discussion and book launch in collaboration with valiz

Sunday, November 6th, 5pm: See it Again, Say it Again: Panel discussion and book launch of the publication edited by Janneke Wesseling. See it Again, Say it Again sheds light on the phenomenon of research in the visual arts. This volume has been written from the perspective of art as practice. The majority of the authors are artists, while several artists provided visual contributions that elucidate the phenomenon of research in art. What does artistic research yield for art? Does it propagate better art or a new type of art, or perhaps even a new type of artist?

Panelists include David Jablonowski (artist), Frank Mandersloot (artist and contributor) and Janneke Wesseling (art critic, NRC Handelsblad and co-director, PhDArts, Leiden University). Moderated by Kari Conte (ISCP).

Opening Reception: Nov 03, 2011, 7-9pm
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October 18, 2011



Tuesday, October 18, 6:30pm

Alternative Residencies: This first panel in our Residencies Series with ArteEast will look at new organizational models for residencies. We ask how residencies are being transformed alongside artistic development to meet the needs of artists and curators in an increasingly itinerant field. Residencies as catalysts for research, production, commissioning and social engagement/intervention within a critical framework will be addressed. How are programs for disciplines newer to residencies including film and curating being developed as well as informal strategies and residencies for art institutions?

Speakers include Mirene Arsanios, co-founder of 98weeks and ISCP resident, Lebanon; Omar Berrada, Dar Al-Mamun, Morocco; Ceren Erdem, independent curator, New York/Istanbul; Nora Razian and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Batroun Projects, Beirut. Moderated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, ISCP.

Tuesday, November 1, 7pm

Residency as Refuge? will interrogate the ways in which residencies can serve as a haven for artists working in fraught socio-political climates, or whose work subjects them to adverse risk or censorship in their home countries. The role of residencies as key facilitators of mobility and cultural exchange for artists working in such situations will also be discussed. Speakers include Wafaa Bilal, artist, New York; Sandra Skurvida, independent curator, New York; Sohrab Kashani, Founder and Director of Sazmanab Project & Residency, Tehran; and Todd Lester, Founder, Freedimensional, New York. Moderated by Barrak Alzaid, Artistic Director, ArteEast.


Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm

Economies of Residencies will address the funding infrastructure for residencies and the arts in the Middle East and around the world. How can the expectations of artists be balanced with those of funders? As more and more residencies are established in non-Western countries and as artists from those countries increasingly participate in residencies, how can funding priorities adjust to this new vanguard? How can we critique the funding structures of residencies and their relationship to how national identities are constructed? What is the economic impact on the communities where residencies take place? Speakers include Claudia Cannizzaro, Director, Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York; Eriola Pira, Program Director, Young Visual Artists Awards at the Foundation for a Civil Society, New York; and Stefanos Tsivopoulos, artist, New York/Amsterdam.

About ArteEast

ArteEast presents the works of contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas to a wide audience in order to foster a more complex understanding of the regions’ arts and cultures and to encourage artistic excellence. Through public events, exhibitions, film screenings, a
dynamic virtual gallery and a resource-rich website, ArteEast supports artists and filmmakers by providing the platforms necessary for them to showcase groundbreaking and significant work. We also give the public the opportunity to learn more about and develop an appreciation for the talent of these established and emerging artists.