Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi
Dimitri Uznadzest. 51
Tbilisi 0102, Georgia
Art in General is delighted to announce that it will guest-curate two projects for S.O.S – Self-Organized Systems, the upcoming Tbilisi Triennial, 1-30 October, 2015. Art in General will present projects and related workshops by Adelita Husni-Bey and the Center for Experimental Lectures at the Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi, Georgia.
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Adelita Husni-Bey: Postcards from the Desert Island
Curated by Anne Barlow
The film Postcards from the Desert Island was born out of the interest for self-run pedagogy and in particular the transformative potential of radical education in contemporary societies. The children who appear in Postcards from the Desert Island are students from the Ecole Vitruve, a self-run elementary public institute born in 1962 which practices experimental educational models based on co-operation and non-competitiveness. Borrowing scenarios from William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, the children, aged between seven to ten years old, were asked to build a desert island in their school hall, undirected. In the three week workshop the children came to terms with notions of self-management, the lack of institutions, the question of punishment and power struggle, how to deal with immigration, the significance of public space and civic disobedience, through the practice of anarcho-collectivism. The installation and film will be shown at the CCA Tbilisi, and Husni-Bey will also host a related workshop.
Adelita Husni-Bey (Italy, 1985) is an artist and a researcher whose practice involves the analysis and counter-representation of hegemonic ideologies in contemporary Western societies. Recent projects have also focused on re-thinking radical pedagogical models within the framework of anarco-collectivist studies. Solo shows include: Il Principe, la Classe e lo Stato, Galleria Laveronica, 2014, White Paper: The Land, Beirut (in Cairo), 2014, Playing Truant, Gasworks, 2012. She has participated in: Undiscovered Worlds, the New York High Line, 2015, Really Useful Knowledge, Reina Sofia museum, 2014, Utopia for Sale?, MAXXI museum, 2014, Jens, Hordeland Kunstsenter, 2013, Meeting Points 7, MuKHa, 2013, Mental Furniture Industry, Flattime House, 2013, TRACK, S.M.A.K museum, 2012, Right to Refusal, 2012, Bregenz Kunstverein. She completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York in 2012 and recently presented chapter II of ‘White Paper’, a project based on the analysis of the changing face of legislation in relationship to private ownership and the commons, at Casco, Office for Design Art & Theory, in Utrecht.
Center for Experimental Lectures: Archival Materials
Curated by Kristen Chappa
Gordon Hall, creator of the Center for Experimental Lectures, will present a lecture at CCA Tbilisi on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2-3pm on the origins of the project, including its philosophical and critical underpinnings. Excerpts of lectures from the Center’s archives will be shown, including Hall’s own lecture-performance, Read me that part a-gain, where I disin-herit everybody (2014), an experimental lecture about experimental lectures. Speculation on the future of experimental pedagogy and embodied knowledge production will be open for discussion.
Gordon Hall / Center for Experimental Lectures
Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2-3pm
The Center for Experimental Lectures is an artist's project that provides a platform for artists, theorists, and other cultural producers to engage with the public lecture as a format. The Center for Experimental Lectures commissions new lecture performances with the aim of providing occasions to focus on not only the content and structure of each unique lecture, but also the possibilities of the lecture as a creative platform. The Center was started in 2011 by artist Gordon Hall, and has since commissioned 26 new lectures, organizing events at institutions including Alderman Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), Recess (New York, NY), MoMA PS1 (New York, NY), and The Shandaken Project (Shandaken, NY). The Center for Experimental Lectures presented Seminars with Artists in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. A selection of materials from the Center’s archives will be on view, including video documentation, posters, texts, and written transcripts.
The second edition of the Tbilisi Triennial, S.O.S – Self-Organized Systems, will take place from 1-30 October 2015. It focuses on the systematic knowledge of community, social units formed through agreement of its participants and functioning according to the norms of reciprocity, tolerance, and trust. This international exhibition and research based educational project invites self-organized systems from around the globe to participate and functions as a large-scale presentation on the patterns and cases of current and historical examples of community projects and initiatives. Self-organized systems often result from processes of transformative, seemingly chaotic environments, which are shifting from the pole of subordination of hierarchical structures towards new forms of knowledge production, self-initiative, and self-referentiality.
Organized by the Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi, the 1st Tbilisi Triennial in 2012 covered the topic of alternative approaches towards education, whereas the 2nd edition intends to give independent platforms, collectives, and venues from around the globe a concrete forum by inviting them to represent various community-based approaches.
Art in General’s Eastern European International Collaborations Program is made possible through the generous support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.
Art in General was founded in Lower Manhattan in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
General Support of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Ruth Ivor Foundation; The Greenwich Collection; the Cowles Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporter Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.