Center for Social Vision

Module 4: Future Perspectives

part of NEGOTIATION | Public Program of the Center for Social Vision

4 June 2022

more information about NEGOTIATION here

All events in the program are free

With the support of the One-Year Grant Program of the National Culture Fund

PROGRAM:

On June 4 Swimming Pool will open at 15:00.

Neither Mountains nor Malls – Оn Media and Mediation in Environmental and Institutional Thinking
Lecture by Emanuele Guidi*
4 June, 17:00–18:00

On New Artists’ Roles in the A/Social Age of Automation, Disinformation and Data Abundance
Lecture by Valentinas Klimašauskas*
4 June, 18:00–19:00

The lectures will be followed by a closing discussion.

*The lectures will be in English.

 
 

Neither Mountains nor Malls – Оn Media and Mediation in Environmental and Institutional Thinking

In response to the title, Negotiation, Emanuele Guidi will look at the centrality of the figure/role of the “mediator” as emphasized by the environmentalist, activist and translator Alexander Langer in his “A Tentative Decalogue for the Art of Inter-Ethnic Togetherness”. The lecture will build on recent projects at ar/ge kunst, Bolzano, and propose examples of “mediators, bridge builders, wall jumpers and frontier explorers” (Langer) between the dualistic thinking that separates environmental and cultural categories.

Emanuele Guidi is a writer, curator and artistic director at ar/ge kunst, Kunstverein of Bolzano (Italy) where he carries on a program of commissions and productions, exploring the mutual relationship between visual art and publishing, architecture, live arts and theory. Central to this research are positions that focus on the politics of display and exhibition-making as practice for knowledge production and circulation. At ar/ge kunst he curated solo shows by, a.o. Mohamed Bourouissa, Ho Tzu Nyen, Jumana Manna, Slavs and Tatars, Otobong Nkanga. He is PhD candidate in Practice in Curating at the University of Reading & Zurich University of the Arts with a research provisionally titled “Like a Mountain / Like a Mall, How Institutions think within their Environment”.

Further curated exhibitions and projects include: hostileenvironments.eu (online platform and symposium, 2020-2021), Silver Rights, Elena Mazzi (Södertäljie Konsthal, Sweden 2021), Shadow Writings, Lorenzo Sandoval (Centro Párraga, Murcia, 2020), The Variational Status, Riccardo Giacconi (FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, 2017, with A. Marchand), Ingrid Hora, Freyzeit (DAZ, Berlin, 2015), How to Tell a Story (DEPO, Istanbul, 2013 with C. Larquè).

Among his edited publications: Silver Rights, (Archive Books, 2021, with E. Mazzi), Image Diplomacy, Vladislav Shapovalov (Mousse, 2020, with A. Siclodi); Spaces of Anticipation (Oncurating Journal, 2018, with L. Sandoval); The Variational Status (Humboldt Books, 2017 with R. Giacconi); Rehearsing Collectivity – Choreography Beyond Dance (Argobooks, 2012, with E. Basteri, E. Ricci); Urban Makers – Parallel Narratives of Grassroots Practices and Tensions (Bbooks, 2008).

 
 

On New Artists’ Roles in the A/Social Age of Automation, Disinformation and Data Abundance

Valentinas Klimašauskas would like to raise the question of what is left of the social dimension in times that may be described as the age of surplus of data, disinformation, polarization, surveillance capitalism meeting the surveillance state, thinking machines and other topics that include new and old colonialisms. Drawing examples from recent artistic practices by various artists, Klimašauskas would like to present a few comments on the current state of the social in contemporary art and the speculative future.

Valentinas Klimašauskas (b. 1977, Kaunas, Lithuania) is a curator and writer.

Together with Joao Laia he co-curated the 14th Baltic Triennial at CAC Vilnius (2021). With Inga Lāce he curated "Saules Suns", a solo exhibition by Daiga Grantina for the Latvian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2019), worked as a Program Director at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2017/18), and was a curator at CAC Vilnius (2003/13). Since 2020 he is a curator-at-large at Springs.video.

Recent curated projects include "An Incomplete & Unreliable Guide to Social Media War Room" as part of Curated by at Georg Kargl gallery, Vienna; "The sex lives of fruit flies" at Low gallery, Riga (2021); "Who Looks out of a Window", a solo by Valentýna Janů, lítost, Prague; "Pulse" by Alexandra Pirici, enlivenment of the Kaunas Ninth Fort Monument; "Microorganisms & Their Hosts", a collaborative solo by Mindaugas Gapševičius at Atletika, Vilnius; "The Cave & the Garden" at Futura CCA, Prague (2020); "The Maze and The Lighthouse," Baltic Triennial 14: Intro, the CAC, Vilnius (with João Laia). 2020"Columnists" at Editorial, Vilnius (2019); "Somewhere in between. Contemporary art scenes in Europe" at BOZAR, Brussels (2018); "Portals or location scouting in Kaunas", presented by Spike Art Quarterly (2017); "A hat trick or a theory of the plankton", Podium, Oslo and Sodų 4, Vilnius (2016); "a cab", Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, and Podium, Oslo (2015). He is the author of "Oh, My Darling & Other Rants: (The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt, 2018), "Polygon" (Six Chairs Books, 2018), and "B" (Torpedo Press, 2014).

Klimašauskas published texts at „A Prior Magazine", „Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt", „Beyond", „Cura", "Dailė", „Dot Dot Dot", „Flash Institut", „Flash Art", „Kim Docs", „Kunsthernes Hus", „Good Times & Nocturnal News" „Šiaurės Atėnuose", „ŠMC Interviu", „Metropolis M", „Mousse", „Nero", „Paletten", „Spike" and elsewhere.