Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kellen Auditorium, The New School
66 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
In the Times of Interregnum
If it is possible to think of our time as a time of interregnum—much in line with how political thinker Antonio Gramsci spoke of the period characterized by a “great variety of morbid symptoms,” as a crisis that “consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born”—what, then, is our art to do? Everywhere, we see extant hegemonies losing their grip as we part from the legacy of the modern under the pressures of new contemporary realities. As we hover over the end of one era, unable to grasp the not yet, how can we—with and through art—trace from here the prospective itineraries pointing towards what we once used to call the “future”?
In order to address these questions, in her Curator’s Perspective talk Maria Hlavajova will speculatively draw upon her research within two interrelated projects she has engaged with, FORMER WEST and Future Vocabularies. 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 practices.
The Curator’s Perspective is a free, itinerant public discussion series ICI developed as a way for international curators to share their research and experiences with audiences in New York. These talks provide ICI the opportunity to assemble documentation on and disseminate information about a wide variety of international perspectives on art today. In 2014, audiences will hear perspectives on art, culture, and exhibition-making from curators based in Seoul, Doha, Utrecht, and Glasgow. Practitioners will talk about what they’re most interested in at the moment, including the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that are shaping practices now.
The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund.