Start Up Lectures
The new 2017/18 Fellows' Presentations and Exhibition Opening
The so-called Start-Up Lectures of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2017/18 will take place in Büchsenhausen at 7 pm on Friday, 6th October 2017.
In this context the new fellows – Marianna CHRISTOFIDES, belit SAĞ, Julie SAS, and Jan SIEBER – will introduce themselves and their work, and provide some insight into their respective proposals for the coming months.
• Marianna CHRISTOFIDES
Looking Against the Grain – The Hiatus of Uncertainty (Working Title)
• belit SAĞ
[the ——- work]
• Julie SAS
Silent Red Alert: Speculative Materials on Anonymity
• Jan SIEBER
Kunst und die kapitalistische Ökonomie des Begehrens
On the Natures of Things: Contingency—Resistiveness—Invisibility—Desire
Friday 6. October 2017, 7 p.m.
Duration of the Exhibition:
10.10.2017 – 25.01.2018
Tue, Wed 2 – 5 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by individual appointment.
Closed: 22 December 2017 – 5 January 2018 and on public holidays.
Raised in Cyprus and currently working in Berlin, Marianna CHRISTOFIDES deals in her practice with entangled stories that constitute the different layers of multi-authored places. Imprints of slow violence in the spatial fabric and subtle manifestations of precarity are negotiated in long-term observations and a physical engagement with the sites under study. Investigating the singularities and latent narratives of often contested places, she is revisiting them over and over again. This recursive return is a means to approach the complicated and fragmented histories of people in different regions.
Christofides represented Cyprus in 2011 at the 54th Venice Biennale. She has been exhibiting internationally, among others at Akademie der Künste, Berlin; BOZAR, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen; Videonale. 17, Kunstmuseum Bonn; Museo Riso, Palermo; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen; Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; 5th Thessaloniki Biennale; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Museum für Photographie Braunschweig. Residencies include: Villa Kamogawa, Goethe-Institute, Kyoto; Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck; Tabakalera, San Sebastian; IASPIS, Stockholm; Villa Aurora, Los Angeles; Gasworks, London. In 2019 Christofides was shortlisted for the Berlin Art Prize.
belit sağ is a videomaker and visual artist living in Amsterdam. She studied mathematics in Ankara and audiovisual arts in Amsterdam. Her video background is rooted in video-activist groups in Ankara and Istanbul, where she co-initiated projects such as karahaber.org (2000-2007) and bak.ma (a growing online audiovisual archive of social movements in Turkey). Her recent video work focuses on ‘the violence of representation’ and ‘representation of violence’. She attended residencies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam in 2014-2015, and the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, in 2016. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including MOCA, Taipei; Tütün Deposu, Istanbul; Tabakalera Film Seminar, San Sebastian; Toronto/Rotterdam/San Francisco/New York International Film Fest/International Documentary Film Fest. Amsterdam (IDFA); EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam; Documenta14, Kassel; Marabouparken, Stockholm.
Julie SAS is a French artist based in Paris. In her practice she combines installations, writing, performance and collaborative projects, in which she organizes spaces and situations around plays on meanings, norms and identities that demonstrate a tension with certain linguistic or social data. Sas’ recent live installations present bodies involved in codified situations, particularly those linked to the production of public discourse, forms of self-representation, and quotation exercises. Those have led her to start developing long-time research and experimentation on the practice of anonymity and forms of invisibility in art, literature and musical fields.
Jan SIEBER (1982 – 2018) studied cultural sciences, philosophy and art theory at the University of Bremen, Leuphana University Lüneburg, and at Middlesex University London. Between 2011 and 2017 he worked as an academic associate at Berlin University of the Arts, where he completed his doctoral thesis in the field of Aesthetic Theory. The emphases of his research lie in Aesthetics, Psychoanalysis, Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, and contemporary French Philosophy.
Following a brief but serious illness Jan Sieber died on 22 May 2018.
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