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Watch Now! New Models and Future Forms

How do we create a new form of collective being? How do we reframe dominant forms of knowledge? In New Models and Future Forms, Abhijan Toto (Curatorial Intensive Alumnus, Bangkok '18), discussed with Mari Spirito (Curatorial Intensive Alumna, Inhotim '12), collective forms of engagement, beyond only the exhibitionary, as ways to reduce cultural consumption and extraction.

The two also discussed their upcoming collaboration, A Few In Many Places 2021, a group exhibition presented by Spirito's Protocinema held across six cities, Seoul, Bangkok, Istanbul, New York, San Juan, and Guatemala City, which addresses re-learning, collective practice, and breaking historical cycles of violence.

A Few In Many Places and accompanying programs begin in May 2021 and include collaborators: Gahee Park, Ikhyun Gim, Miji Lee, Welcome to Ogasawara, Abhijan Toto, Komtouch Napattaloong, with Thanart Rasanont, Mari Spirito, Zeynep Kayan, Kathryn Hamilton, Deniz Tortum, Lila Nazemian, Vartan Avakian, Kristine Khouri, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Pluma, Jorge González Santos, Esvin Alarcon Lam, with Antonio Pichilla and Camilla Juarez.

Sprito and Toto are both contributing curators to ICI’s new traveling exhibition, Notes for Tomorrow.

Presenters
Abhijan Toto

Abhijan Toto is a curator and writer, interested in ecosophy, indisciplinary research, labour and finance, based in Bangkok and Seoul.

Mari Spirito

Mari Spirito is Executive Director and Curator of Protocinema, a cross-cultural, site-aware art organization commissioning and presenting exhibitions and public programs in Istanbul and New York, since 2011.


These events are free and open to the public and include live ASL interpretation and closed-captioning.

This event is co-presented with Protocinema. Protocinema is a cross-cultural art organization that commissions and presents site-aware art around the world. Based in Istanbul and New York, we produce critical installations of the highest artistic quality and accessible to everyone. Protocinema evokes empathy towards understanding of difference across regions though: exhibitions, commissions, public programing and mentorship. Founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito, Protocinema is a nonprofit 501(c)3, free of ‘brick and mortar’, sites vary to respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground.

This program was 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.