Not the same-old same-old

Education
Intensive workshop with Maria Hlavajova
03.06 — 04.06 / 2015 / 10h 00
Escola Massana. Centre d’Art i Disseny

La Gran Il·lusió

Not the same-old same-old 
Intensive workshop with Maria Hlavajova
June 3 - 4
Escola Massana. Centre d’Art i Disseny. C. Hospital, 56. Barcelona
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In this workshop, we will think about, with, and through art at a time which is defined by a departure from the modernist edifices of progress, critique, and nature-culture divide. In spite of the imaginary that seems to preside over our present—one that cultural theorist Boris Buden summed up as “another past is possible”—we will speculatively probe various routes of how to move beyond the current battle of memories and reclaim the future from its ruins.
 
Hlavajova will discuss examples and references from two ongoing research projects she has directed, namely FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2014–2016). If the former aims at developing a critical understanding of the legacy of the radical resistance to power in 1989 in order to reevaluate the global present and speculate about global futures, the latter attempts to act out concrete propositions that explore the shifts in our existing conceptual vocabulary within artistic, intellectual, and activist work. Drawing from the stances of these two projects, the workshop will invite participants to imagine a “post-block” future and to think through the potential consequences the present conditions hold for the work of the museum.
 
Participants will be asked to send a motivation letter including background and interests. They will also be asked to bring thoughts on two questions: how do we live? How do we work? to discuss at the workshop.
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Maria Hlavajova is the founder and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht since 2000, and artistic director of FORMER WEST (2008–2016), which she initiated and developed as an international collaborative research, education, publication, and exhibition undertaking. Hlavajova has organized numerous projects at BAK and beyond, including the series   Future Vocabularies   (2014–2016), New World Academy with artist Jonas Staal (2013–ongoing), and the international research projects The Return of Religion and Other Myths (2008), On Knowledge Production: Practices in Contemporary Art (2006), Concerning War (2005), and Who if not we should at least imagine the future of all this? 7 episodes on (ex)changing Europe (2004), as well as exhibitions with artists such as Josef Dabernig, Sanja Ivekovic, Aernout Mik, Artur Żmijewski, Lawrence Weiner, and many others. In 2011, Hlavajova organized the Roma Pavilion, titled Call the Witness, within the framework of the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, and in 2007 she curated the three-part project Citizens and Subjects, the Dutch contribution to the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2000 she co-curated Manifesta 3, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, titled Borderline Syndrome: Energies of Defence in Ljubljana. She also edits and contributes to numerous critical readers and catalogs, and lectures frequently on contemporary art. Together with Kathrin Rhomberg, she is a founding director of the tranzit network, a foundation that supports cultural exchange and contemporary art practices in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. Hlavajova lives and works in Amsterdam and Utrecht.
 

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La Gran Il·lusió is a proposal from the mediation team of the Sala d'Art Jove 2015 made up of Caterina AlmirallChristian Alonso and María García.