Within the context of ADN Think Tank and in collaboration with the collective Azotea (Ane Aguirre and Juan Canela), we are proud to present the second roundtable of the cycle: Vertex. Conversations about art, politics and society.
Vertex. Conversations about art, politics and society wants to launch some questions, and present a series of examples and ways of acting, thinking about all these matters and bringing out a place for reflection and discussion around the position of art in the processes of the present, while debating about its potential as an active agent. Through discussion tables, activities and a final exhibition the aim is to trace lines of thinking and action from a critical and self-critical position, hearing other agents’ voices and proposals, in order to know and understand ineffective choices and try to draw new options for the future.
The first session explored some lines of thought related with the junction of art, politics and society. Federico Campagna, Yaiza Hernández and Joanna Warsza were the key speakers for this first discussion and brought a vision from a theoretical perspective.
The second round table will take place on May 9th, 2013 at 6 pm. at ADN Galería and it will analyze the work method of diverse artistic agents: Erick Beltrán (artist), Joost de Bloois (academic) and Marina Fokidis (curator) who will debate on how their practice undertakes with art, politics and society from a critical angle.
Biographies of the speakers:
Erick Beltrán is a Mexican artist who lives and works in Barcelona. The work of Erick Beltrán is a constant research and reflection about the edition concept and its implications on the construction of discourse. He investigates the power that the different graphic means apply in their information distribution, as well as explicit treatment on different conducts and values. He is fascinated by how information circulates and is organised, as it conditions how we understand the world. More broadly, at the heart of his approach are language and our relationship with knowledge: his diagrams, plans and graphical systems are attempts to explain how images are defined, ordered, selected, distributed and classified in order to create political, economical and cultural discourses in our contemporary society. He is also interested in the edition concept understood as the mechanism that defines our world and the power relationships between groups of people.
Joost de Bloois is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, department of Comparative Literature and Cultural Analysis. He is co-editor of Discern(e)ments: Deleuzian Aesthetics/Esthétiques Deleuziennes (Rodopi, 2004) and co-author of Culturele Studies (Vantilt, 2009). De Bloois has published on Bataille, Derrida and Tiqqun. Forthcoming publications include a volume on Alain Badiou’s ‘inaesthetics’ and a book on Bataille and biopolitics. De Bloois is also working on a book project on speculative realism, art, and politics.
Marina Fokidis is a curator and writer based in Athens, Greece. Amongst other projects she is the founding and artistic director of the newly established Kunsthalle Athena, the first art institution of this sort in Athens which started as an experimental platform and is taking now its permanent form. From 2000 to 2008 she was director of Oxymoron a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of contemporary visual art in Greece and on an international level. She has been the commissioner and the curator of the Greek Pavilion at the 51rst Venice Biennial, (2003) and one of the curators of the 1rst Tirana Biennial (2001). Fokidis has curated several exhibitions including Random Rules: a channel of artists selection from Youtube, presented online (ongoing) and screened in Pulse Art Fair, New York 2009; Midsummer Nights Dream: a three months screening program part of Remap 2 (parallel program to Athens Biennial 2009); Her(His)tor: an exhibition of major video works within the last decade, juxtaposed to the historical permanent collections, in the Museum of Cycladic Art, in Athens (2007); Anathena: an exhibition held in DESTE Foundation, based in the Athenian underground scene (2006) and others. She has written essays for different edited collections and several international art magazines and she is the chief art editor of LIFO, a significant cultural free press magazine in Greece.