Thursday, 28 January 2010

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Rope-a-dope "

29th January 2010
00 Nevins Street between Union an d Sackett Streets in the Gowanus Canal area of Brooklyn

“Rope-a-dope” is a knockout performance that revisits the events around the infamous “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match, which paired the charismatic Muhammad Ali and the reigning world champion George Foreman and took place in Kinshasa, Zaire on October 30, 1974. Expect issues of politics, identity, religion, and economics to be thrashed out in what promises to be grueling and intense performances by Brooklyn-based artists A. K. Burns and Kenya (Robinson). Rope-a-dope, a fighting strategy adopted by Ali to defeat Foreman, is based on the idea of enduring your adversary’s repeated blows until they exhaust themselves, before you finally rise up to triumph over them. Following this historical encounter of thirty-five years ago and the events surrounding it, the term and strategy have been deployed in the public sphere to reference similar strategies in politics, business negotiations, and personal relationships.

The term’s revival during Barack Obama’s electoral campaign, in which he patiently submitted to a battering by his opponents only to swing back harder, invites us to revisit a historic moment with a return to the ring. The artists will perform their interpretation of Rope-a-dope, reflecting the way sports informs our understanding of contemporary global politics as well as rituals of self-preservation.

This event will be accompanied by an installation of documents and materials directly and indirectly connected to the fight showing, among other things, the rivalry between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, Mobutu Sésé Seko’s reign in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) in the 1970s, the fight promoter Don King’s organizing tactics, and the sting of Ali’s rants.

About the artists:

A.K. Burns is a Brooklyn-based artist who grounds her work in feminist and queer discourse addressing issues of power, sites of control, and knowledge production. Burns is a founding member of the activist artist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), which draws attention to economic inequalities in the arts. For “Rope-a-dope,” Burns will present a performance with video and sculpture, that acts as a response to Johanna Russ’s feminist sci-fi novel from 1975, 'The Female Man'.
We consume and we excrete, every day, all day. In one hole and out the other. I’m interested in all our shared holes and how having an extra one changes ones perception and position in the world. Consider bodies. Bodies as bags. Bags for consumption. Bags you desire. Bags you fist. Bags you box. boxes and bags. bodies with boxes and bags.

Kenya (Robinson) is a multi-media artist based in Brooklyn. She takes the ritual as a site for her artistic production, addressing politics of the quotidian and the ceremonies of the mundane. Her exhibition, “HAIRPOLITIC: The Pursuit of Nappiness” was on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art in 2008, investigating construction of identities within the notions of choice and acceptance. For “Rope-a-dope,” Kenya uses the pre-fight ritual of hand wrapping as the visual backdrop for a rapped soliloquy that fuses the poetry of Gabriella Calvocoressi, the rhymed boasts of Muhammad Ali, and polyrhythmic patterns of 70’s soul.

“Rope-a-dope” is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Gabi Ngcobo, second-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

ICI (Independent Curators International)

ICI (Independent Curators International) launches training intensive for aspiring curators

Program Dates: June 6 - 15, 2010

Application Deadline: March 12, 2010

Building on its history as a hub for curatorial ideas, ICI is supporting a new generation of curators to develop exhibition proposals.

The Curatorial Intensive is a short-term, low-cost program taking place this June in New York for emerging curators across North America. From an open competition, 6-10 individuals will be selected to come to New York and work with some of today's leading curators and artists. Through a rigorous schedule of workshops, discussions and critiques, as well as site visits to local institutions and artist's studios, each participant will be led through the process of developing an idea for an exhibition into a full exhibition proposal. The program will employ ICI's extensive professional network of advisors and teachers, including Dan Cameron (Founding Director, Prospect New Orleans); Kate Fowle (Executive Director, ICI); Matthew Higgs (Director and Chief Curator, White Columns); Eungie Joo (Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs, New Museum); Maria Lind (Director, CCS Bard); Nicola Trezzi (US Editor, Flash Art); and Fred Wilson (artist).

After the New York phase of the project is complete, ICI will continue working with participants long-distance to finalize their proposals. The Curatorial Intensive has been organized in partnership with the CUE Art Foundation, who will provide their virtual gallery as a platform for participants to publish their proposals online so that broad publics, as well as the hundreds of institutions with which ICI works, can view the final proposals.

ICI is uniquely positioned to establish The Curatorial Intensive, having worked with a wide range of curators to develop innovative traveling exhibitions. In 35 years ICI has organized 116 shows, which have been presented in 570 institutions in 47 states and 23 countries worldwide, and experienced by nearly 6 million people.

The Curatorial Intensive was developed by ICI's Executive Director, Kate Fowle, who recently joined ICI after working as the International Curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Prior to her time in China, Fowle spent 6 years in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts, where she was the director of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice, which she founded in 2002 with Ralph Rugoff.

The Curatorial Intensive has been generously supported in part by the ICI Patrons, Partners and Benefactors, and The Dedalus Foundation.

Application Guidelines: Applications must include a 300-word description of an exhibition idea the applicant would like help in developing. Submissions should include an exhibition concept or key idea, and any artists that the applicant is considering. Also required is a current resume, plus a short letter of intent that outlines why applicants want to participate in The Curatorial Intensive, as well as an example of a recent exhibition that has made an impact on the applicants.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2010

Fees and Scholarships: The program fee is 1,500 USD. Participants will be responsible for covering travel and accomodation expenses. In its commitment to make The Curatorial Intensive accessible to individuals from diverse economic backgrounds, ICI will offer generous scholarship packages, subsidizing or eliminating program fees and travel expenses of several program participants. Visit ICI's website for further details.

Program Dates: June 6-15, 2010

For More Information / To Send Application Materials:

ICI (Independent Curators International)
799 Broadway, Suite 205
New York, NY 10003
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ICI (Independent Curators International) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010


The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is please to present its third Video Art Workshop.

The four day workshop will be led by two artists working in the area of Video, Petra Szilagyi (United States) and Jude Anogwih (Nigeria).

The workshop aims to:
• Provide artists with a good grasp of the concepts of Video Art within contemporary artistic practice
• Provide the technical ability to incorporate and create works of Video Art.
• To create project based on experimentation of the video image on the classic forms of art like painting, sculpture, music and theatre.
• To introduce new elements like performance. Installation, photography and sound projects.

Workshop content includes:
• Screening of artists videos from around the world
• Talks and presentations by the workshop artists
• Introduction to different video art approaches
• Development of participants own ideas, storyboard, visual concept etc
• Implementation of ideas and editing of individual works
• Screening of Video Art works to a public audience
• Receipt of DVD of the workshop, a CD of individual work/s

Dates: Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Friday 29th, Saturday 30th January 2010, 8:30am- 6pm
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, 9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

Workshop Level: Beginner
Target Audience: Artists. Experience and/or interest in the visual arts preferable. Emphasis is on talent, motivation and a keen interest in experimenting in new forms of artistic production.

Fee: N4,000 non-refundable (first come first serve basis only) spaces are limited.

Application closes 5pm 20th January 2009

For more information call Oyinda on 07055680104 or email

Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy New Year

Lots of catching up to do>>>

Looking forward to 2010!!

Come Chop 'Small Chops' in VI... Your All Invited

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The evening of Tuesday 5th January 2010 is the date and Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria is the setting for the Launch evening of C.R.E.A.T.I.V's biggest venture yet; Small Chops.

Yes small chops will be served ! and on the menu will be; Plantain Chips, Pepper Soup, Chin Chin & Killishi and Boli & Groundnut.
The Menu will be an ecclectic collection of poems and short stories based on the theme of traditions which will question and challenge the idea of traditional behaviour whilst also celebrating it.

The Creative minds of Victoria Island, Lagos and all surrounding areas will be out in force on the first Tuesday of the new year to witness a fun filled evening which will include readings, auctions and previews and possible guest appearances.

Small Chops : An Anthology to give the full title, is a book of quality which includes published and acclaimed writers such as Dr Niyi Osundare, Inua Ellams & Chiedu Ifeozo.

A book of such quality deserves a quality launch and C.R.E.A.T.I.V will be delivering just that.
On the evening of 5th January 2010 Rehab 288 Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island, Lagos will be an explosion of creativity !

All Proceeds from the sales of small chops will be given to to SOS Children's Villages, Nigeria.