Comradeship Reading Group: Modernism; Socialism; Cinema

Comradeship Reading Group: Modernism; Socialism; Cinema
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
6:30 – 8 PM

ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
FREE and open to the public

ICI is reading and thinking through Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe. This selection of texts by Zdenka Badovinac, edited by J. Myers-Szupinska, gathers twenty years of writings from disparate and hard-to-find sources alongside new texts from the forward-thinking Slovenian curator, museum director, and scholar Zdenka Badovinac.

On January 14 we are reading the eleventh chapter “Tobias Putrih: Šiška, International.” The conversation will be co-led by filmmaker, animator, and artist Birgit Rathsmann and gallerist, Mike Tan.

ICI’s Comradeship Reading Group is open to the public and co-led by a group of 10 core participants: Shehab Awad, Margot Bouman, Yin Ho, Ladi’Sasha Jones, Carlos Kong, Lynn Maliszewski, Birgit Rathsmann, Cory Tamler, Mike Tan and Jovana Stokic. In these monthly sessions we consider how the breadth of material Badovinac covers in her collected writing intersects with our contemporary and respective work in the context of New York. Topics Badovinac addresses in her writing include questions of alterity, decolonization, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic models, instating institutions, parallel and subordinate histories, Laibach, punk and alternative music scenes, code switching, multiculturalism, duration and performance, standardization, the body as a medium for games of power and control, self-determination and self-management, IRWIN, hybridity, critiques of the modernist understanding of quality, quantification of everyday life, allegory, memory and sustainability. These are only a handful of the many incisive connections that Badovinac’s writing elicits, which we draw out and think through in conversation.

Order Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe by Zdenka Badovinac, published by ICI. Available here.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with READING GROUP in the subject line. A PDF of the chapter that will be discussed event will be emailed upon RSVP.

This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

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.

Image Credit: Tobias Putrih, Šiška, International. Installation view, Promises of the Past: A Discontinuous History of Art in Former Eastern Europe, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010

January 14, 2020

ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Birgit Rathsmann

Birgit Rathsmann grew up in Germany and Indonesia. She is a filmmaker, animator and artist. She has made a documentary film about women martial arts heroes and directors in films from Hong Kong and created an exhibition in 2012 from 22 artist responses to the 1977 jail death of the Baader Meinhof Group. She has created animations in collaboration with a number of comedians including Lorelei Ramirez, Mary Houlihan, Tim Platt and Ikechukwu Ufomado. “Malpaso”, an exhibition she created with Alenjandro Almaza Pereda and Rick Karr investigates a submerged church in Chiapas, Mexico and is at The Clemente on New York’s Lower East Side from March 8 to April 13, 2019.

Mike Tan

Mike Tan is a Malaysian gallerist who runs the Contemporary Art gallery, RUBBER FACTORY in the Lower East Side of New York. His degree at Gallatin NYU was the Intersection between Fact and Fiction in the Post Colonial British Archive.

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