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Residencies Recorded #1: Ideas that are lying around

26 Jun 2020, Fri - 27 Sep 2020, Sun

In this series, the Centre looks back at the Residencies Programme’s archives of talks, conversations, and performances to periodically highlight select events that take on particular resonance with the present times.

Watch Residencies Recorded #2: Seeding Spaces here.

#1 Ideas that are lying around

In Corona Virus Capitalism – And How to Beat it, Canadian scholar and activist Naomi Klein invokes Milton Friedman’s insight into the connection between crises and change to expand our sense of the possible. In the economist’s words: “Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.” If crises can be magnets for radical change, which ideas should be rehashed as we build our future? Ideas that are lying around reminds us that proposals to operate differently are already there. In these three talks, previous Curators-in-Residence Maria Hlavajova, Anthony Huberman, and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez distinctly question conventional parameters of exhibition-making and advance propositions for news modes of existence for art institutions. 

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The Making of an Institution – Reason to Exist: The Director’s Review. Instituting Otherwise, talk by Maria Hlavajova (Slovakia/Netherlands), Curator-in-Residence
22 March 2017

Drawing upon the practice of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht (Netherlands), Curator-in-Residence Maria Hlavajova discusses the notion of “instituting otherwise”. Dedicated to thinking aboutwith, and through art at the intersection of research and social action, she addresses the long-term strategies of BAK aimed to collectively confront the urgencies that define our contemporary. 

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Residencies Insights: Against Efficiency, lecture by Anthony Huberman (Switzerland/United States), Curator-in-Residence
31 Jan 2018 

In this talk, Curator-in-Residence Anthony Huberman reflects upon the criteria of efficiency and fast-paced consumption that inform most of contemporary art production and proposes institutional approaches that favour small scale, slowing-down and, perhaps, even inefficiency, in order to complicate an understanding of the world where only efficiency and productivity are rewarded.

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Residencies Insights: On the Necessity of Transforming One’s Practice, curator talk by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (Slovenia/France), Curator-in-Residence
27 Feb 2019 

In the context of her latest project, Contour Biennale 9: Coltan as Cotton (2019), Curator-in-Residence Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez discusses the necessity to slow down one’s way of working and being, to imagine new ecologies of care as a continuous practice of support, and to open up institutional borders to render them more palpable, audible, sentient, soft, porous and, most of all, decolonial and anti-patriarchal. 

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