CURATORIAL APPROACHES – Day for curators of countries and regions
09:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 11:15
Introduction with our partner National Museum
PQ General Director Pavla Petrova and General Director of National Museum Michal Lukes will officially open the symposium. PQ Artistic Director Markéta Fantová will introduce the International Artistic Team of the 14th Prague Quadrennial, discuss the artistic statement and main theme of PQ “Imagination, Transformation, Memory" and take questions about the spacial approach and return to the Industrial Palace. We will also introduce our main PQ Architects Tomas Svoboda and Zbynek Baladran toghether with Jan and Martina Svobodovi who are responsible for Youth and Family Programs.
11:45 – 12:45
Yoshiko Chuma - Life is a Secret Journey with the Art
“I decided to start from Zero, from nothing, to do things that had not been done before, things with strong images. Sometimes, there is values in bad taste." Yoshiko Chuma shares reflections on her lifetime of “dance/not dance" - an intuitive approach to performance making pursuing spontaneous and experimental techniques and method of construction. Having received no formal dance training, her creative process begins with a single movement or abstract image and often employs emotionally charged cinegraphic patterns and elements. Abstraction/representation features invisible performance - seen in its most extreme through the vision of her New York based company, The School of Hard Knocks. The abstract, sculptural quality of ensembles are emblematic of Yoshiko's indifference to the “representational" characteristics of body movements, allowing creation upon the unconventional, as she strives not to make art, but to give audiences new and engaging experiences in locations ranging from villages in China to the galleries of MOMA.
Sidsel Graffer – Spatial Curation in the Performing Arts Field
Outlining performing arts curation as a spatial curation resting on the discourse and spatial strategies of performative scenography, Sidsel Graffer will thematize the function of curation and the role and profession of the curator within the performing arts field in general and the performing arts institution in particular. Working directly from the objecthood and the spectatorship, spatial curation addresses the borders, boundaries and thresholds of the performing arts field by drawing attention to how aesthetic concepts are outlined and the competence of the scenographer, with an ultimate goal to reclaim /restage/manifest/sustain the performing arts institution as public space hosting public discourse.
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:00
Nino Gunia-Kuznetsova - Tbilisi Bienale of Stage Design
Despite having participants from 4 countries which are involved in conflicts: Georgia-Russia, Armenia–Azerbaijan, the scenographic space at the first Tbilisi Bienale in 2016 was uniform, complete and created opportunity for free dialogue. Using this experience as a reflecting point, the presentations presents a discussion on a change of notions about borders (real and fictional, moving, displaced, changing), concerning their impact on space (free and occupied, internal and external, personal and collective), about the search of expression for own identity in the context of comparison of local and global - and correlation of these processes with theater and scenography.
Fanni Nanay - Cross sector co-curating model, PLACCC Festival
Working from a hypothesis that if local residents feel ownership of cultural events in a district then it may aide them in feeling involved in other events unfolding in their neighborhoods, and prompt them to participate in decision making and other processes that affect their lives, the PLACC Festival in Budapest began initiating cultural events in Csepel (a post-industrial are on the outskirts of the city) employing a cross-sector co-curating model. Engaging contributors who are not artists themselves, but civilians active in education, community development or green movements, or those who through local businesses have an interest in the social and economic development of Csepel, this joint curatorial work allows the realization of cultural projects by combining the ideas of partners, reconciling their different positions, and embedding these in the local environment, while preserving the projects' artistic quality.
Katia Arfara - Fast Forward Festival: politics and aesthetics in the Athenian urban landscape
Have public works the power to help do away with homogenized cultural, social and political perceptions of the world? Can site-specific art introduce alternative narratives in such an unpredictable and uncertain historical moment? Following the radicalization of Syria's conflict and the global resurgence of neoliberalism, notions of border have become a major preoccupation in the social, political and artistic fields while the refugee “crisis" uncovers the deep political implications of territorial interventions and revels the xenophobic stance of much of Europe. Using the annual Fast Forward Festival as a platform for discussion and addressing issues such as “site-specificity", “participation" and “collaboration", the artistic as well as the social, cultural and political effects of socially engaged public works will be explored.
Marie Kinsky – Creative hub in a chateau
Who we are: Center for choreographical development – SE.S.TA: development for artists and for the public that turns into participants: art as aim, art as a tool. 5 years ago we started a creative hub in a chateau-monastery where we focus on projects that take into account the historical heritage of the place, contemporary creativity, and movement. Zdar nad Sazavou where the chateau is located provides a real scenographic place. It is a place of a strong influence: let the genius loci be ( genius loci or traces of the genius of all people who lived, thought and created there for past 8 centuries?) and inspiration on an international scale. What we do?
- Confrontation between the place and the artist
- Use international background and increase interdisciplinary encounters
- Support encounters, making and thinking together
16:00 – 17:30
Visit of Industrial Palace, Prague Exhibition Grounds
Meeting point: Ticket offices by the entrance to the Exhibition Grounds