Offsite Project
November 20, 2011

Ursula Mayer: GONDA | presented as part of Performa 11

Presented by the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) as part of Performa 11

Ursula Mayer presents a live performance of her film Gonda starring transgender model Valentijn de Hingh and with a new score by Charlie Looker and Caley Monahon-Ward, both members of the band Extra Life. Mayer’s film Gonda is currently in production and responds to the play “Ideal” by controversial Russian American writer Ayn Rand through a critical reading of aspects of revolutionary modernism and how this continues to impact our society today. Gonda is concerned with how the use of metaphysical and lyrical imagery constructs identity and how text becomes a substrate of our imagination. The performance features the script conceived by Maria Fusco situated within a ‘kaleidoscopic space’ where images, texts and sounds are interwoven.

Ursula Mayer is currently an artist-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and is usually based in London. Mayer works predominantly in film but her practice also encompasses sculpture and photography. In her most recent body of work, she dismantles the elements of cinematic narrative; numerous flashbacks and other challenges to the cinematic norm of temporal linearity punctuate her films, calling into question how conventional imagery is constructed. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunstverein, Hamburg; ICA, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frame, Frieze Art Fair, London; Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz. Her works were recently screened at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal; Bonnier Kunsthalle, Stockholm; PS1, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; 2nd Athens Biennial; 4thTirana International Art Biennial. Her contribution to Performa 11 coincides with an exhibition of her work at Sculpture Center, New York.

This performance is curated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

Performa 11 (November 1–21, 2011) is the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.



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Participating Residents

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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