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VOTI Book Launch and Discussion


Image: Postcard sent from Hans Ulrich Obrist to Susan Hapgood, 1998.


VOTI Book Launch and Discussion
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:30–8pm
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

 

VOTI: Union of the Imaginary will be launched at the ICI Curatorial Hub with the VOTI platform founders Hans Ulrich Obrist, Carlos Basualdo, Jordan Crandall, and Susan Hapgood, and co-editor November Paynter.

VOTI: Union of the Imaginary is edited by Susan Hapgood, Vasif Kortun, and November Paynter with the support of SALT (Istanbul and Ankara); with contributions by Carlos Basualdo, Jordan Crandall, Hans Ulrich Obrist and many others.

VOTI was an online forum founded in 1998—long before such forums were common—as a digital venue for discussion among contemporary art curators, many of whom are among today’s most prominent museum professionals. VOTI members included Carlos Basualdo, Daniel Birnbaum, Francesco Bonami, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Jordan Crandall, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Bettina Funcke, Hou Hanru, Susan Hapgood, Jens Hoffmann, Cornelia Lauf, Maria Lind, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Nancy Spector. This publication gathers hundreds of the e-mail discussions from VOTI, whose aims are just as relevant today as they were in the late 1990s. Topics of the book include: “The Museum of the 21st Century,” “The Economy of the Art World,” and “Cultural Practice and War,” among others.

The book launch for VOTI: Union of the Imaginary (London: Koenig Books, 2016; in collaboration with SALT) will include an introduction by Susan Hapgood and November Paynter, followed by remarks from Carlos Basualdo, Jordan Crandall, and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Books will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Artbook and D.A.P.

There is a growing archive of materials on VOTI available at SALT.


This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with VOTI in the subject line.

 


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

May 3, 2017

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

presenter

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Co-Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show World Soup (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 250 shows. Obrist’s recent publications include Lives of Artists, Lives of Architects, Ways of Curating, A Brief History of Curating, Do It: The Compendium, and The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar.


Carlos Basualdo

Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he oversees the Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art. In 2006, he initiated two exhibition series at the Museum called Notations and Live Cinema, both of which are devoted to the permanent collection and video. He was the lead organizer of Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens that represented the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2010 he organized a survey exhibition of the work of the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del secolo XXI), where it traveled in the spring of 2011. Most recently, he organized Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp, which opened in Philadelphia in October of 2012. He has was part of the curatorial teams for Documenta11, the 50th Venice Biennale and conceived and curated Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture, which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London (2004/2005) as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2006/2007). From 2010 until 2013 he worked as Curator at Large at MAXXI Arte, in Rome, Italy.


Jordan Crandall

Jordan Crandall is a media artist, writer, and performer. He is Professor of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego. He is currently developing AUTOCADE, a performance work focusing on the conjunction of artificial intelligence and driving. He is the 2011 winner of the Vilém Flusser Theory Award for outstanding theory and research-based digital arts practice, given by the Transmediale in Berlin in collaboration with the Vilém Flusser Archive of the University of Arts, Berlin. His project UNMANNED—recently performed at Transmediale in Berlin and the V2_ Institute in Rotterdam—is a blend of performance art, political theater, philosophical speculation, and intimate reverie.


Susan Hapgood

Susan Hapgood is Executive Director of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. She is also a Senior Advisor to ICI, and Founder and Director of the Mumbai Art Room. Prior to ISCP, Hapgood was ICI’s director of exhibitions, developing and managing the exhibitions program for seven years until 2010. She has worked in a curatorial capacity for institutions including the Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, and American Federation of Arts. The exhibitions she has curated include FluxAttitudes, Neo-Dada: Redefining Art 1958-62, Video Divertimento, and Slightly Unbalanced, and In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art, and her texts have appeared in publications including Art in America, Frieze, and FlashArt. She received a M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.


November Paynter

November Paynter is Director of ​Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada. ​Prior to this ​she w​as Associate Director of Research and Programs at SALT, Istanbul and Ankara​, from its founding until December 2016​. She has also held the positions of Curator at Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Assistant Curator of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial and Director of the Artist Pension Trust, Dubai. Paynter’s freelance work has seen her curate for institutions and programs including Grazer Kunstverein​, Graz;​ Tate Modern​, London; Philadelphia Museum,​ Philadelphia; Artists Spac​e,​ New York and the Asia Pacific Triennial​,​ Brisbane. Recent editorial work includes​ ​These are the Tools of the Present., Mophradat and Sternberg; VOTI Union of the Imaginary​,​ Buchhandlung Walther König​ and SALT​​;​ Quis Erudiet Without Documenta​,​ Mousse, Grazer Kunstverein and SALT.​ She is a member of the editorial board of the L’Internationale Museum Confederation, sits on the advisory board of Protocinema and is a jury member for the 5th Jameel Prize coordinated by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. ​


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