May 2, 2011

On Curatorial Residencies: Panel Discussion at Goethe-Institut New York

Goethe-Institut New York, 72 Spring Street, 11th Floor Presented by the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38

Free and open to the public, no rsvp required

Panelists include Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator of Contemporary Art, Colección; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York; Chris Fitzpatrick, independent curator, San Francisco, and Astrid Honold, Director, Office for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam. Introduction by Kari Conte, Program Director, ISCP. Moderated by Tobi Maier, Curator, Ludlow 38.

Artist residencies have a long history, beginning in the early 20th century. Today there are numerous international residencies for artists, serving a distinct function within the contemporary art world. The development of curatorial residencies has not been as widespread, but has initiated a complex set of institutional models. This panel discussion will specifically consider different approaches to curatorial residencies. Speakers will share their experiences participating in residencies throughout Canada, Europe and the United States.

On Curatorial Residencies will engage with various questions. What is the impact of curatorial residencies on research and production? In what way do they relate to various forms of institutional approaches? How are they defined in relation to artist residencies? Do curators and artists have the same residency needs? Have curatorial residencies developed in tandem with curating as a profession? How do these residencies activate networks and collaboration? What are the expectations of curators and hosts?

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy was recently appointed Curator of Contemporary Art for the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. She also works as an agent for Documenta 13 and, since 2009, she is a board member of Kunstverein, Amsterdam. In Spring 2008, she had a
curatorial residency at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, and during the 2008-2009 academic year, she was curator-in-residence at CCS Bard. Chong Cuy writes regularly for exhibition catalogs and magazines on commission, and independently in the blog she initiated,

Chris Fitzpatrick has organized exhibitions and events internationally for venues including Palazzo Ducale, Genoa; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland; as well as the Exploratorium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and many others in San Francisco, where he is based. Fitzpatrick has been awarded curatorial residencies by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; the Banff Centre, Alberta; and FIAC/Fondation d’enterprise Ricard, Paris. Fitzpatrick’s writing and interviews have been published in PazmakerMousse Magazine, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic ArtsThe Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt, and Art in America, plus books and catalogs. Fitzpatrick is currently on the curatorial board of the Present Future section of Artissima 18, Turin.

Astrid Honold is an ISCP curator-in-residence from February to August 2011. She is a German curator based in Amsterdam where she established Office For Contemporary Art together with artists Fendry Ekel and Folkert de Jong. Operating in the fields of Art Management and Consulting, the Office supports a selected group of talented young artists working in The Netherlands. With Black Cat Publishing, Honold publishes monographs and exhibition catalogues. Additionally, Honold is an independent curator working with international galleries and museums.

ABOUT MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38
Ludlow 38 is the downtown satellite for contemporary art of the Goethe-Institut New York. Ludlow 38 opened on the Lower East Side in February 2008. The space had been designed by artists Ethan Breckenridge and Liam Gillick. The gallery program during the first year was curated by Kunstverein München. The second year was programmed in collaboration with the European Kunsthalle Cologne. From May through December 2010 Künstlerhaus Stuttgart was the partner institution from Germany. On February 24, 2011, the exhibition space relaunched as MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. The residency program marks the continuation of Ludlow 38 for an additional three years, to December 2013. Martin Beck and Ken Saylor redesigned the gallery at 38 Ludlow Street on the occasion of the relaunch. A new graphic identity has been developed in collaboration with H I T (Lina Grumm / Annette Lux). A series of publications in association with Spector Books Leipzig accompany the exhibition program through 2011. MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 is supported by MINI and Friends of Goethe.

April 26, 2011

Salon: Marian Drew and Daniel Permanetter, The Birds are Flying Low

Marian Drew will show photographic work  made during her residency at ISCP as well as some earlier work made in Australia. Her Salon talk will expand on her practice and explore some of the issues and processes that enable art making in a new environment.

In Australia, Marian Drew used road kill animals in her work to rephrase the story of Australia’s colonial heritage, raising questions about cultural and historical relationships to Europe and more philosophically, our relationship to mortality, human and animal alike. Working in New York, Drew found a dead pigeon in the early days of winter and this animal became a conduit between her new environment and Australia and her recent and previous work. Drew is interested in hybrids between drawing and photography that acknowledge the dynamic relationship between photographer and subject and uses the body as a context to explore our relation to otherness, death, sensuality and a selective domestic history, as seen through the genre of the still life.  

Daniel Permanetter will argue his idea of Bob Dylan as a kind of artistic material that can be employed to create a metaphor, in addition to the presentation of recent and older works.

Daniel Permanetter graduated from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, Germany, where he lives and works. Based on a strong reference to popular music, his work takes on narrative structures and finds its form in single-channel videos, room installations, spoken and written word and photographs. In recent years, he introduced the icon Bob Dylan into his work in order to develop a metaphor for the artistic and deeply human longing to create meaning and for the failure of most attempts to achieve this. This underlying image of desire is interwoven with odd, poetic and emotional narratives that shift in their subject from work to work.

Participating Residents

April 5, 2011

Salon: Kasper Akhøj and Davor Sanvincenti

Kasper Akhøkj’s presentation will function as a travelogue of sorts, focusing on his research in relation to his ongoing project Abstracta, which follows the history and movement of a Yugoslavian modular display system.

Kasper Akhøj has been living in New York since attending the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2008. Akhøj studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Recent solo exhibitions include After the Fair, Wiels Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium and Welcome (to the teknival), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany. Akhøj recently completed a research residency at the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil and a studio residency at Platform Garanti in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2011, Akhøj will take part in group exhibitions at Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York and Etagi St. Petersburg among others.

Davor Sanvincenti will present his recent ambient audio-visual installation projects and will perform a sound piece from his new and ongoing research project, Invisible Landscapes, initiated during his residency at ISCP.

Davor Sanvincenti a.k.a Messmatik lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. He studied Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka, Croatia and holds a BA in Visual Arts from the European Institute of Design and an MA in Sound Design and Multimedia Programming from Agon – electro acoustic center in Milan, Italy. Sanvincenti’s work plays with the concept of illusion, exploring the possible boundaries of perception and the construction of experience. Sanvincenti explores the aesthetic and qualitative capabilities of different media and employs direct communication with the spectator. Notices, observations and research that pervade scientific and artistic spheres constitute the structure for his work.


Participating Residents