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.

November 13, 2012

Salon: Astra Howard and Constanza Levine

Astra Howard will present a series of Action Research/Performance projects undertaken over recent months on the streets of New York. These public space interventions build on previous experimental investigations of the city made in such diverse locations as: Delhi, Beijing, Hanoi, Paris, Coventry, New York and various sites across Australia. On the sidewalks of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Peekskill, participatory booth/vehicles are used as surveillance devices with a narrative intent. Developing live scripts act as catalysts for discussion with local communities, creating opportunities to debate topical issues and generate new tales of the city.

Constanza Levine will discuss the different facets of her work which cover a broad spectrum from painting to work that is more sculptural. The emphasis will be on commonalities of technique, materials, and shared geometric criterion.

Participating Residents