- House Rules?
- Sunday May 28th, 1:30 – 5PM
- Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
- Co-organised with As Long As It Takes!
- (Bijlmerpark Theater, HipHopHuis and University of Colour)
House Rules? is an afternoon of talks, music and dance as part of the Van Abbemuseum’s Becoming More caucus. The programme is the first public event of the acquisition research committee: As Long As It Takes! who study the question of cultural value and the idea of the ‘asset’, in collaboration with Frontier Imaginaries. The answers cannot just be in words, there must be movement, and there will be dance.
What different ways are there to organize the rules of cultural participation? What does it mean to offer proper respect within a space of the arts? And what possibilities are there for change in the house rules of the Museum as a historically colonial space?
A public dialogue will be moderated by legendary artist and activist Richard Bell, thinking through three case studies: 1) Samoan artist Yuki Kihara’s dance collaboration in response to the German ethnographic gaze; 2) a community collaboration around the Kabra mask in the Amsterdam museum collection, and;
3) Cypher etiquette: cracking the codes of hiphop dance
The afternoon begins and ends with performance; starting with West-African and Afro-Caribbean style dance-group Untold, breaking with a HipHop intermission, and ending with a DJ session, reception, and freestyle dance.
AS LONG AS IT TAKES
As Long As It Takes—including members from the Bijlmer Parktheater, HipHopHuis, and University of Colour—was formed when art and research project Frontier Imaginaries turned around their Caucus invitation, proposing to the Van Abbemuseum a process of ‘Thinking Through Doing’ focused upon one museum acquisition.
Report Back BBQ
Sunday August 27th, 2 – 4:30PM
15/17 Welsby St, Goompie/Dunwich
Co-organised with the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum.
Report Back BBQ is an afternoon of talks and story-telling on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island, sharing experiences of some major events overseas in 2017 and continuing research upon the question of cultural value and the idea of the ‘asset’. In particular, the programme asks what these categories mean in the context of the Island’s ‘economic transition strategy’—in the move from a mining to a tourism-based economy by 2019.
The programme will open with two artist talks: Richard Bell will share stories from the extraordinary and spirited programme House Rules?, while Gordon Hookey will share his experiences of presenting his Frontier Imaginaries’ commission MURRILAND! upon the renowned art platform documenta 14.
Brazilian and Vancouver-based critic Denise Ferreira da Silva will lead the second part of the programme with a short paper that examines the notions of transition and transformation via a closer look at the idea of “possession”. “What possessed them?” the paper asks, looking back across the modern text. Local Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo Collins will give a response, followed by a conversation, and, of course – a BBQ and some drinks.
With thanks to Milani Gallery.
at Columbia University
612 Schermerhorn Hall
New York, NY 10027
October 18, 6–8pm at e-flux
311 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
October 20, 6:30–9:30pm, open from 5:30pm
October 21, 1–9pm, open from 12pm
October 22, 3–5:30pm, open from 2pm
TOXIC ASSETS is a public seminar featuring dance, poetry, art installation, screenings, and talks that responds to the question: What would it take to detox New York City? The project marks the arrival of art and research initiative Frontier Imaginaries to New York City from October 18–22, as a guest of e-flux lectures and Columbia University’s Ruth S. Biermann Memorial Meetings.
The ragged infrastructures and gleaming salad bars of New York City stand as the historic epicenter of the late liberal fold—a hit that, like any bad drug, goes by a handful of names. “Structural adjustment” suggested an improving spin to the debt-disciplined global south; in Australia, it was “the recession we had to have” while European metropoles have come to know its caustic reflux as “austerity.”
What kind of topology can grasp the belatedness and trans-local intimacy of the global condition? What concepts might emerge as useful where existing political tropes continue to perpetuate harm? And how are arts and the aesthetic caught within the crosshairs of the liberal dilemma, whereby the difficulty with having a critique of liberalism is that the fascists have one too?
The click-and-drag mobility of Frontier Imaginaries will draw forward work already undertaken in Brisbane (at the Institute of Modern Art, QUT Art Museum and Australian Cinémathèque) and Jerusalem (with Al Ma’mal Foundation and 3rd Qalandiya International), that will continue on to work underway in Eindhoven (with the Van Abbemuseum).
The New York edition will be an itinerary of encounters spanning four days in October—featuring a film seminar at Columbia University, and a three-day program of talks, performances, poetry, and screenings at e-flux.
The program at e-flux will be housed in a shifting environment with artist Christian Nyampeta’s Infrastructure of Quasi-Events, Farida Sedoc’s FREETOWN LOUNGE, Richard Bell’s Embassy, and Elizabeth A. Povinelli’s Symphony of Late Liberalism, including an extended Requiem of Late Liberalism featuring video contributions from artists and activists internationally.
Wednesday, October 18
Cinema Assets will be a screening program hosted by Columbia University, featuring the Karrabing Film Collective together with Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula and actor Lynn Cruz.
Friday, October 20
Toxic Languages will begin the three-day program at e-flux with an evening exploring languages of value, and the value of language; featuring a summoning by Brian Kuan Wood, a keynote by Elizabeth A. Povinelli, dance by Tara Crichlow, poetry by Demian DinéYazhi', and responses by Gregg Bordowitz; moderated by Vivian Ziherl.
Saturday, October 21
Toxic Properties will be a day-long series of paired dialogues on ‘Frontier Properties’, ‘Volatile Properties’, ‘Vital Properties’ and ‘Rebellious Properties’—examining the contractual basis of value, the proprietisation of the imagination, and artist as well as activist uses of contract languages. Each dialogue will be opened through the frame of an artwork installed in the space. Featuring speakers Jonathan Beller, Jaskiran Dhillon, Cassie Fennell, Laura Harris, Yazan Khalili, David Kim, Angela Mitropoulos, Rachel O’Reilly, Greg Tate, Neferti X. M. Tadiar, and artists Decolonize This Place, Bonita Ely, Maria Hupfield, and Ryan Presley.
Sunday, October 22
Toxic Sovereignty will take place as an afternoon screening and cinematic dialogue, delving into the paradoxes of sovereignty amidst dispossession. The term “toxic sovereignty” refers to a scene in the film Windjarrameru: The Stealing C*nt$ where, pursued by police, a group of boys flee into a toxic swamp giving rise to the memorable line: “We’re safe, too much radiation here; we’re safe.” The film will be screened in full, and will be accompanied by the largest group of the Karrabing Film Collective to travel overseas to date. ‘Cinematic dialogues’ or fragments of further films will be contributed by Julieta Aranda, Naeem Mohaiemen, Wendelein van Oldenborgh, and Adania Shibli. The program will be staged within the artwork Embassy by Richard Bell, who will MC the proceedings.
Contributors: Julieta Aranda, Richard Bell, Johnathan Beller, Gregg Bordowitz, Miguel Coyula and Lynn Cruz, Decolonize This Place, Jaskiran Dhillon, Bonita Ely, Karrabing Film Collective, Tara Crichlow, Demian DinéYazhi’, Cassie Fennell, Laura Harris, Maria Hupfield, David Kim, Yazan Khalili, Angela Mitropoulos, Naeem Mohaiemen, Christian Nyampeta, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Rachel O’Reilly, Ryan Presley, Farida Sedoc, Adania Shibli, Neferti X. M. Tadiar, Greg Tate, and others
Convened by: Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Brian Kuan Wood, and Vivian Ziherl
Advance booking required. Tickets are available here.
TOXIC ASSETS Frontier Imaginaries Ed. No.3 is supported by Columbia University in particular the Ruth S. Biermann Memorial Meetings, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the School of Palestine Studies, and the Department of Anthropology; by e-flux; and by Union Docs through their workshops program. The program is made possible through funding support from the Australia Council for the Arts and from the Mondriaan Fund.