«A. Tritsis» Amphitheatre, City of Athens Cultural Centre
50 Akadimias Street, 106 79 Athens
Tuesday 19 May 2015, 8pm
Art in the Times of Interregnum
In this informal talk, Maria Hlavajova thinks through the present moment as an interregnum—which, according to political thinker Antonio Gramsci “consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born”—and speculatively inquires about contemporary artistic practice under such condition. She brings examples, propositions, and references from two ongoing research projects she has directed, namely FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2014–2016). If 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 work.
Maria Hlavajova is the founder and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht since 2000, and artistic director of FORMER WEST (2008–2016), which she initiated and developed as an international collaborative research, education, publication, and exhibition undertaking. Hlavajova has organised exhibitions with artists such as Josef Dabernig, Sanja Iveković, Aernout Mik, Artur Żmijewski, Lawrence Weiner, and many others. In 2011, Hlavajova organised the Roma Pavilion, titled Call the Witness, within the framework of the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, and in 2007 she curated the three-part project Citizens and Subjects, the Dutch contribution to the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2000 she co-curated Manifesta 3, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, titled Borderline Syndrome: Energies of Defence in Ljubljana. She also edits and contributes to numerous critical readers and catalogs, and lectures frequently on contemporary art. Hlavajova lives and works in Amsterdam and Utrecht.
The entrance is free.