Where Does Art Go, Seminar, Leipzig (DE), December 2016

2016/12/02 — 2016/12/03


Strategies and realities of making art part of everyday knowledge exchange

GfZK Leipzig invites you to a two day seminar as part of Ecole_IG

2nd and 3rd  December 2016
GfZK, Leipzig, Germany


The two day event has been co-curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig together with Ecole_IG partner Myvillages from The Netherlands, and will focus on informal cultural spaces which can be accessed and created in order to facilitate and nurture knowledge exchange and mutual learning.

Both the GfZK and Myvillages have a longstanding track-record in using knowledge exchange within the context of cultural production and contemporary art. Both partners use innovative, inter-disciplinary and collaborative methods in order to understand where everyday knowledge is produced, and the have developed successful models of action and methodologies which facilitate local exchange and trans-local dissemination of existing and newly generated knowledge.

We are inviting colleagues and specialists in the field to meet for a two day get together which will use discursive, hands-on and social elements to gain a better understanding of our shared practices and where art will go next.

The main questions  for the two days are:

Where does art go?
Be it local or abroad, the village or the museum. Why do we leave familiar places and approach new ones? What do we hope to get from going elsewhere and moving on? Are there places where art is needed, what places does art need to stay relevant? Which direction do we want art to go?
Art’s departure from formalized exhibition spaces in the 1960s as part of a wider institutional and cultural critique has by now become widespread practice. Art can take place anywhere and take on any format. The context-specific and localized have become well-established criteria for developing and making art. Art has gone everywhere to stipulate exchange and new cultural productions. We want to ask ourselves and the group where to go from here, how to use existing everyday knowledge to face and approach future challenges, and how to rethink cultural exchange as a form of commoning or new civc action.

Fluidizing what we know
Myvillages has a clear focus on the rural as a particular space, quality, practice
and history - however interlinked and non-definable it is. This question is about where images in our head come from and what we know about the rural. It is also about localproduction, about agriculture, about resources. 
Contemporary art remains predominantly produced, disseminated and discussed within urban settings and contexts, be it the art college, the artist community, the array of exhibition spaces, magazines, conferences, fairs, etc. GfZK and Myvillages have always criticized the assumption that the rest/the non-urban is a cultural desert. Existing and arising cultural monocultures need to be questioned.

Strange and strangers
The farmer in the kunsthalle, the artist in the village, the black face and the white hands. How much are we aware of who we are where and what tells us how to behave? About doubts, strategies and methods of working while creating cooperatively.
Museums and artist have traditionally been perceived as a stranger and formats detached from everyday life and culture. Blending artistic production and everyday practices in recent years makes this distinction less apparent, and artists’ work can seem undistinguishable from the work of a teacher, builder, political activist, planner, gardener, carer, etc.
Does this make artist and curators less strange? What is gained from breaking down distinctions? What roles are we allowed in these complex relationships and what role do objects play?


Friday 2nd December

The International Village Shop opens in the former GfZK Shop -
a tour through the installation to explain how collective knowledge exchange programmes in rural areas worldwide have led to the development and production of new local goods.

Beetsterzwaag Product Launch and Film with Wapke Feenstra from Myvillages. The workshops and local research have been part of the Friesian Erasmus + Ecole_IG programme and the results and accompanying documentary film will be launched in Leipzig.         

Podium discussion
Why do we leave the art space and what do we learn from the everyday? GfZK director Franciska Zólyom will be in conversation with Wapke Feentra from Myvillages and local designer Kristina Brusa to discuss how often intimate and informal learning situations on site can be represented and communicated across wider audiences.

Bar and food, Gartenhaus


Saturday 3rd December

Registration and coffee, add your book, litarture and documentation  to the book table

Welcome and introduction round

Maria Lind
‘What Does An Art Work Do?’
Thoughts on the Curatorial as Per 2016

Presentations and provocations on the three topics

Kuba Szreder – Where does art go
Ronald Van de Sompel – Fluidizing what we know
Franciska Zólyom – Strange and strangers


Three breakout sessions, following the morning presentations

Coffee Break

16. 30            
“What are objects for”
Selected objects from the International Village Shop are used to kick-start a discussion on the multiple roles and meanings of objects in process based and multi-authored art practices.


Dinner together


Participants and guests are amongst others:

Maria Lind, director Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, SE

Kuba Szreder, curator, sociologist, author, Warzaw, PL

Ronald Van de Sompel, curator, Brussels, BE

Franciska Zólyom, director GfZK, Leipzig

Julia Schäfer, curator, GfZK, Leipzig

Kathrin Böhm, project manager Ecole_IG, GfZK, Leipzig

Domenik Paseman, GfZK, Leipzig

Antje Schiffers, artist and educator, Berlin

Christiane Menicke, curator, Kunsthaus Dresden

Miriam Wiesel, curator , Kreuzberger Salon, Berlin

Axel Schmidt, curator , Kreuzberger Salon, Berlin

Anne Kersten, curator, Berlin

Julia Rössner, photographer and workshop leader, Leipzig

Kristina Brusa, designer, Leipzig

Ronny Schmidt, Geowerkstatt Leipzig

Anita Merzbacher, NewLead Coaching, Munich

Michael Tacke, Büro Orange, München

Wapke Feenstra, artist, Myvillages, Rotterdam

Miranda Pope, researcher and writer, London

Francien van Westerneen, curator, Stroom, Den Hague

Peter Mutschler, artist and curator, PS2, Belfast

Anne Marie Dillon, artist activist, Ballykinlar

Marjetica Portc, artist, Hamburg

Xin Cheng, artist, Hamburg

Kylie Duncan, artist, Hamburg

Åsa Sonjadotter, artist

Adam Sutherland, director, Grizedale, UK

Lise Skou, artist , Aarhus, DK

Barbara Steiner, director, Kunsthalle Graz, AU





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