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Contour Biennale issues open call for 10th edition. #ContourBiennale #opencall Application deadline: February 28, 2021Co...
01/11/2021
Open call: curator for Contour Biennale 10

Contour Biennale issues open call for 10th edition.

#ContourBiennale #opencall

Application deadline: February 28, 2021

Contour Biennale
Contour Biennale is a biennale for contemporary art in Mechelen (Belgium). It is the longest-running art biennale in Belgium and is part of an international professional network. Contour began in 2003 as an international platform with a focus on video art and time-based media. Over the previous nine editions, Contour Biennale has grown into a pioneering and widely acclaimed art event in a constantly changing format that appeals to both international visitors and local residents. Strongly embedded in the local fabric, the biennial has been aiming to reflect critically and consistently on current affairs, presenting pressing themes and art that relates to a world in change. The curators of the most recent editions were Jacob Fabricius (2013), Nicola Setari (2015), Natasha Ginwala (2017) and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (2019).

Contour Biennale is organised by kunstencentrum nona, a multi-disciplinary art centre that produces and presents performing arts, visual arts and music. A compact team of permanent staff will produce the tenth Contour Biennale in close collaboration with the curator, supporting the curator in anchoring the event in the urban landscape and in maintaining the relationships with national and international partner organisations.

10th edition
Contour Biennale 10 will be a long-running exhibition in Mechelen during the autumn of 2023. The artistic quality of the works exhibited is of prime importance. We aim to reconcile incisive choices of content with an audience that is as wide and diverse as possible.

Inclusivity, fair practice and ecological awareness are values that kunstencentrum nona holds in high esteem. Consequently, Contour Biennale 10 must aim towards the same sustainable development goals throughout the entire process.

Curator
The curator determines the concept, content and form of Contour Biennale 10. The curator has affinity with moving image and apart from curating the biennial is willing to search for connections with the performing arts and music programming of nona. The assignment will run from June 2021 until December 2023.

The curator:
-has access to an extensive network and has an understanding of the international visual arts landscape, as well as a critical perspective;
-has the capacity to occupy curatorial standpoints and to communicate them clearly;
-can free up sufficient time to present and to represent the biennale;
-possesses the necessary management skills to lead staff and has experience in project management;
-can work within a predefined financial framework and is willing to seek extra funding;
-will develop a public programme with both a widening and deepening dimension;
-will bear in mind the context of the medium-sized city where the exhibition is to be held.

Applications
Submit your application to contour [​at​] nona.be.

Your application should consist of a:
-motivation letter (maximum 1 A4 page)
-project proposal including a few names of artists whose work you would like to present (maximum 2 A4 pages)
-a CV with a summary of your professional experience as a curator (maximum 1 A4 page)

The deadline for submitting your application is February 28, 2021. If you have any questions about this call, please email us at contour [​at​] nona.be.

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Open call: curator for Contour Biennale 10

Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund present "Take Me to the River".#GoetheInstitut #PrinceClausFund Curator-led tour &...
01/11/2021
Take Me to the River

Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund present "Take Me to the River".

#GoetheInstitut #PrinceClausFund

Curator-led tour & talk (online): January 28, 5–6pm, with curator Maya El Khalil

All over the world, cultural professionals, artists, architects and designers are grappling with the effects of climate change whilst actively involving their communities. Their work opens up creative spaces that raise awareness of changes in our environment and develop possible solutions to counter the climate crisis. Some of these perspectives are now being shown in the Goethe-Institut and the Prince Claus Fund’s multimedia exhibition Take Me to the River, curated by Maya El Khalil. The selected works from Egypt, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Congo and other countries include film, photography, VR video, audio-visual archives and community radio. The exhibition is online now at www.takemetotheriver.net.

Since 2018, a joint funding programme by the Goethe-Institut and the Prince Claus Fund has been supporting initiatives that seek cultural and artistic responses to global environmental changes. Around 35 art and culture projects from Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe have been funded so far. Take Me to the River, a multimedia online presentation, will make 15 of these artworks available to the public. The exhibition is being presented online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Take Me to the River presents the diverse perspectives of the funded projects as a chorus of voices against resource depletion, environmental abuse and the violation of the rights of indigenous communities. The exhibition is curated by Maya El Khalil, an independent curator and cultural adviser based in Oxford. To weave the individual projects into a story that both illustrates the effects of the climate crisis on people and the environment and shows alternative answers, it pursues five narratives:

Nature is repositioned as a Subject of Rights, presenting works that afford the non-human world renewed subjecthood and respect. Here, the platform emphasises innovations exemplified by recent landmark legal cases as well as critical alternative cosmologies—indigenous belief systems that respect non-human nature as a living being. Object of Abuse takes an unflinching look at the anguish of nature and the irreparable damage inflicted by exploitative practices. Furthering the narrative of a legal gesture, Nature Prosecutes imagines vengeance. The precarious zones of natural disaster, dwindling resources and increasingly unpredictable circumstances are unmasked as direct results of human action. The cruel and ambivalent effects of the climate emergency are charted in Humanity Sentenced. The online journey reveals rays of hope: The projects collected in Motion to Recover seek new attitudes and empowered solutions to resolve these calamities.

With works by Misha Vallejo (Ecuador), Diana Rico and Richard Decaillet (Colombia), Arko Datto (India), Mohamed Mahdy (Egypt), Gilberto Esparza (Mexico) and others.

The multimedia exhibition is available online at www.takemetotheriver.net.

Curator-led tour & talk (online): January 28, 5–6pm

The presentation will be supplemented in the coming months by more funded works and will be available as an online archive in future.

In addition, the Goethe-Institut’s Ecologues dossier offers essays and articles by experts and cultural professionals on topics of sustainability and ecology. More about this at www.goethe.de/ecologues.

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. With 157 institutes in 98 countries, it promotes the study of German abroad, encourages international cultural exchange and conveys a contemporary image of Germany. Through partnerships with institutions in numerous other locations, the Goethe-Institut has about 1,000 contact points worldwide.

The Prince Claus Fund has almost 25 years of excellence in supporting cultural and artistic initiatives in the most challenging spaces. Its mission is to support, connect and strengthen cultural professionals where culture is under pressure. The Fund has been a successful actor and liaison in the arts and culture sectors globally, generating possibilities for critical discussion and boosting creative expression. Because of its track record and autonomy, the Fund is seen as a global leader in supporting independent cultural initiatives of the highest quality with a broad social impact.

Goethe-Institut Prince Claus Fund

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Take Me to the River: an online exhibition by Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund presents the diverse perspectives of the funded projects as a chorus of voices against resource depletion, environmental abuse and the violation of the rights of indigenous communities. The exhibition is curated by M...

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation seeks Director and CEO. #BauhausDessau Application deadline: January 31, 2021The Bauhaus Dessa...
01/11/2021
Seeking Director and CEO

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation seeks Director and CEO.

#BauhausDessau

Application deadline: January 31, 2021

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is an artistic-scientific Foundation with the mission of preserving and passing on the ideas and themes of the Bauhaus. The Foundation’s work is historically reflexive and simultaneously investigates the present-day relevance and contemporary potentials that may be derived from the Bauhaus legacy for the twenty-first century. The Bauhaus in Dessau was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996.

In addition to the Foundation Council and the Advisory Board, the CEO is the governing body of the Foundation. The CEO conducts the current business of the Foundation in accordance with the purpose of the Foundation, implements the decisions of the Foundation Council and represents the Foundation in and out of court. The state of Saxony-Anhalt, the Federal Republic of Germany and the City of Dessau-Roßlau are represented on the Foundation Council. The Foundation has about 70 employees. The CEO is also shareholder of the Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar gGmbH.

Following the successful Bauhaus Centenary with the opening of the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau in 2019, the new director is in charge of the responsible management as well as the further strategic development and orientation of the Foundation, initially for the next five years.

Strengthening the profile of the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau in the regional, national and international museum landscape is a key focus. In doing so, the new museum is to be further developed as a cultural venue in the city, in relation to the historic Bauhaus buildings. Furthermore, the connections between the collection, research and education are to be strengthened. Further key aspects are the preparation of activities for the 100th anniversary of the iconic Bauhaus Building in Dessau in 2025 with a comprehensive range of topics, as well as the strengthening of the research profile of the Foundation as a platform for contemporary design discourse. Active participation in urban development and socio-political events in Dessau is desirable.

The candidate should be able to lead the Bauhaus Dessau responsibly and creatively, represent it convincingly in public, work constructively with a range of different partners and continue to position the Bauhaus Dessau in an outstanding manner locally, nationally and internationally.

We are looking for a candidate who fulfils the following requirements to fill the advertised position:

–Academic degree with a relevant doctorate in the fields of architecture, art history or cultural studies or in comparable fields of study

–Professional expertise in the fields of art history, history of architecture and design, museum and exhibition management

–Several years of proven professional experience in academic or curatorial work on the Bauhaus and its contexts or comparable professional experience

–Preferably knowledge of HR management acquired through professional experience

–Experience in public relations or cultural education

–German and English are prerequisites

–Residence in Dessau-Roßlau or in the region


Also desirable are:

–Relevant experience in the management and representation of cultural or academic institutions at home or abroad

–Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding

–Knowledge of budget management


The candidate is asked to provide a short concept paper on the strategic development of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation with the application.

A contract is concluded for an initial period of five years. An extension is possible in accordance with the charter of the Foundation. The Foundation Council will make a decision on the extension of the contract one year before it expires. The non-tariff remuneration is based on the salary of a corresponding civil servant in grade B 5 of the salary law of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. The employment relationship is subject to the provisions applicable
to the civil service in the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

The Foundation and the state of Saxony-Anhalt are striving to further increase the proportion of women, especially in management positions, and are therefore particularly interested in applications from female candidates. In accordance with the German Social Code IX (SGB IX), applications from severely challenged persons will be given preferential consideration if they have the same aptitude, qualification and professional performance.

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

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Following the successful Bauhaus Centenary with the opening of the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau in 2019, the new director is in charge of the responsible management as well as the further strategic development and orientation of the Foundation, initially for the next five years.

01/10/2021
Zuri Camille de Souza, Let Us Heal Together, 2020

e-flux Architecture presents Zuri Camille de Souza's Let Us Heal Together (2020) as part of Critical Cooking Show, a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Istanbul Design Biennial within the context of its fifth edition, Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one.

#ZuriCamilledeSouza #efluxArchitecture #criticalcooking

Filmed during and just after a two-month lockdown in Marseille, Let Us Heal Together is a visual exploration of a chalky, herbaceous landscape, as well as a guided meditation on how to develop relationships with the plants around us. While the flora are specific to the coastal, mountainous landscape, the intentions and ways of approaching them constitute a globally adaptable approach (like a basic recipe that can be developed and fine-tuned according to local tastes, desires, and seasons.)

Bringing into dialogue the blue waters of the Mediterranean and the intricate ecology of the garrigues—white stone, rosemary, thyme, and wild asparagus coexisting with salsify, savory, and acanthus—Let Us Heal Together also serves as a personal archive of a daily ritual—the act of walking the dog every morning and evening on the hill, following unknown (but later familiar) paths; harvesting herbs; observing the changing of a meadow during the blissful coming of spring, followed by a searing, dry summer.

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“When did things start to go wrong? It is hard not to ask that question nowadays. By 'things' we mean, of course, 'nous ...
01/10/2021
The Past Is Yet to Come

“When did things start to go wrong? It is hard not to ask that question nowadays. By 'things' we mean, of course, 'nous autres,' those civilizations that are now known to be mortal, as Valéry lamented in 1919, using a plural to speak of a singular, modern European civilization, whose future was the object of his deep concern. Today, this singular has become even more evidently and disturbingly a universal, the techno-spiritual monoculture of the species.”

–Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Déborah Danowski, "The Past Is Yet to Come", e-flux journal issue 114: “You and I Don’t Live on the Same Planet”

edited with Martin Guinard & Bruno Latour; co-published with Taipei Fine Arts Museum (臺北市立美術館 Taipei Fine Arts Museum)

#EduardoViveirosdeCastro #DéborahDanowski #efluxjournal

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Déborah Danowski and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro ask: When did things start to go wrong?

Art-agenda Spaces
01/10/2021
Art-agenda

Art-agenda Spaces

#SPACES: How to remember those whom history is structured to forget? Frances Whorrall-Campbell on the possibilities of trans archives in the work of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and Shu Lea Cheang.

#FrancesWhorrallCampbell #DanielleBrathwaiteShirley #ShuLeaCheang

Focal Point Gallery Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Read here: art-agenda.com/features/370443/digital-art-and-trans-archiving

“Six degrees of separation is the theory that humans are always six or fewer social connections away from one another. S...
01/09/2021
Phantomis.land

“Six degrees of separation is the theory that humans are always six or fewer social connections away from one another. Six degrees of freedom (6DoF) is the practical means to translate the motion of our physical bodies to virtual avatars. Six steps is all it takes to bring us together to another, whether socially, presentially, or both.”

–Space Popular, "Phantomis.land", e-flux Architecture and gta exhibitions, "Confinement". January 2021

Space Popular #efluxarchitecture #gtaexhibitions #confinement

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Six degrees of separation is the theory that humans are always six or fewer social connections away from one another. Six degrees of freedom (6DoF) is the practical means to translate the motion of our physical bodies to virtual avatars.1 Six steps is all it takes to bring us together to another, wh...

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