Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Towards a Double Consciousness:NSK Passport project.

Monday 26th - Saturday 31st July 2010


Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to host the internationally renowned artists collective IRWIN, members of NSK (new Slovenian Art). Over a one week period of screenings, lectures and panel discussions, Towards a Double Consciousness: NSK Passport Project will take as its point of departure, NSK's artistic intervention State in Time and its increasing significance in Africa especially within the context of Nigeria. State in Time, one of the most (in)famous projects produced by NSK, evolved out of their earlier activities, finding formation as a 'state' at the collapse of Yugoslavia and the coming into existence of the Republic of Slovenia in 1991. NSK's State in Time transcends a physical geographical location or a defined statehood within a prescribed ethnic, cultural or religious belief, providing what IRWIN collaborator and writer Alexei Monroe describes as "a conceptual form of identification for individuals from diverse nationalities."

Since the initial presentations around the world in the 1990s of State in Time the project is currently receiving a substantial number of requests for citizenship of the NSK 'State' from Africa especially from Nigeria. This has resulted in many Nigerians assuming a dual identity as holders of NSK and Nigerian passports. In view of these new developments IRWIN conducted interviews with African/NSK citizens living in London, to ascertain their reasons for applying. Could it be in support of the initial artistic purpose of NSK? Do they see it as an avenue with which to move from one territory to another? Or is it for other socio-political reasons? Towards a Double Consciousness: NSK Passport project will allow further debate on both the artistic and political implications of the NSK State in Time action, offering an examination of their original artistic interventions within the Nigerian context.

Programme

26th – 31st July 2010

Screening: Research interview of NSK Citizens as well as artists based in Nigeria.

Friday, 30 July 2010 Time: 3 pm

Topic: Introduction to media art and the use of video in relation to other forms of new media, technology and performance in contemporary art.

Speakers include; Dr. Inke Arns, IRWIN members: Miran Mohar and Borut Vogelnik and Performance artist Jelili Atiku.

Saturday, 31 July, Time 2pm

Screening: 2:00pm Screening of interviews with African NSK passport holders living in London.

Panel Discussion: 3:00pm

Topic: NSK State: The Nigerian connection. A discussion on the significance of an artistic action made in Europe in the 90s on contemporary African consciousness.

Speakers include; Dr Inke Arns, IRWIN members: Miran Mohar and Borut Vogelnik, NSK member Eda Cufer and Nigerian NSK passport holders. Moderated by Loren Hansi Momodu.


This project forms part of CCA, Lagos' year long programme On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise celebrating 50 years of independence by seventeen African countries including Nigeria on the 1st October 2010. It provides an avenue to interrogate notions of nationhood at a time when our ideas of citizenship is continuously being challenged by state policies such as Nigeria's contentious 'federal character' system or through religious and ethnic disturbances such as the recent unrest in the city of Jos, as well as the perennial civic unrest of the oil rich Niger Delta. Towards a Double Consciousness attempts to interrogate the way in which artists propose and individuals search for alternative – real or fictional – possibilities that goes beyond notions of a fixed identity or geography.

IRWIN is a collective of artists Dušan Mandič (b. 1954), Miran Mohar (b. 1958), Andrej Savski (b. 1961), Roman Uranjek (b. 1961) and Borut Vogelnik (b. 1959), which comprises one of the core groups within the artists' collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK). IRWIN was founded in 1983 in Slovenia. Recent exhibitions include: The Promises of the Past, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010; The Eye of the State, The Israel Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel, 2010; Third New Old Cold War, Moscow Biennial, Red October; Modernities, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona; State in Time, Kunsthalle Krems, 2009. The members of the group live and work in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Curator: Loren Hansi Momodu
Curatorial Advisors; Dr. Inke Arns, Director, HMKV, Dortmund and Bisi Silva, Director, CCA,Lagos

The Advanced Cultural Management Programme and Towards a Double Consciousness are supported by the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg and Nigeria.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Creators Project....Continued

Is it really Tuesday?
Well after 13 hours rocking at the creators project it took me a while to get back on my feet.

Here are a few more images as planned and i will amend the last post with descriptions of each image.







































"Too much alcohol in my system, /i didnt come here to bring people down, /i only came to uplift em, oooh yyaaayy"

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Creators Project 17/07/10

15 hours of creative genius is whats on offer today at Victoria House London. A line up which includes work by Spike Jonze, Cassette Playa, Tinchy Stryder, Kele Okereke and Mark Ronson this multi-media event has much more in store for me and my crew (gogogadgetmrv ans plainjanes), ok I'm actually the tag-alonger. Its &pm now and we are gonna be partying until 3am! I will be tweeting all day so why not follow me on www.twitter.com/layob.

Here is a visual blog of the last 4 hours.....















Thursday, 15 July 2010

CCA,LAGOS SUMMER PROGRAMME NEWS

Until 21st July: Pret a Partager featuring the works of 17 artists, photographers, fashion designers from across Africa and Germany continues in 3 venues: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Sabo, Yaba College of Art and Technology, Yaba and African Artist Foundation, Ikoyi. Presented in collaboration with Goethe Institute, Lagos

From 19th to 21st July : NSK Passport Video Interviews. Still time to participate, call 08034392413 for your time 30min time slot. Supported by Goethe Institute, Lagos

From 26th - 31st July: Double Consciousness:NSK Passport Project. An exhibition, roundtable discussions and screening featuring internationally renowned Slovenian artist collective IRWIN (3 members will be in lagos) international respected scholar and curator, and director of new media art centre HMKV Dr. Inke Arns, performance artist and sculptor Jelili Atiku as well as independent curator Bisi Silva. Curated and moderated by Hansi Momodu, MA candidate, Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London and adjunct assistant curator, CCA,Lagos. Supported by Goethe Institute, Lagos

July 25th and August 1st: Art-iculate, Lecture series on contemporary art and visual culture features two Sunday afternoon lectures by Chika Okeke-Agulu, US based Nigerian art historian, curator and associate professor of art history, Princeton University. His first lecture will be about the curatorial framework of the current exhibition project “Who Knows tomorrow ” at at the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, followed by a 2nd lecture “The Art and Politics of Ghada Amer.”
The lectures are made possible by the Class of ’59 Faculty Fund, Princeton University.

Monday, 12 July 2010

17TH VIDEOBRASIL BROADENS FOCUS AND BECOMES INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL

Enrolment is open for the 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, due September 2011 with a new name and significant structural changes from the previous editions. The Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition, previously restricted to video works, is now accepting other artistic experiments, such as installations, performance, and book-objects or artist books—artwork that uses printed media or publications intended to be works of art. The new competition expands its ability to encompass diverse manifestations, including those that depart from the single-channel format.

Detailed in the Regulations and Entry Forms published here, the new change in the model of Videobrasil seeks to align the Festival with the nature of contemporary art practices, to meet the demands of political-cultural debate, and to confront the huge output of representations that constitutes the territory of visuality in the world today. It gives Videobrasil a never-before-seen format, making it the country’s first contemporary art festival.

The 1st Videobrasil Open Studio Prize underscores the propositional character of the International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. Created for this edition, the Prize will select young artists from the city of São Paulo to produce artwork in collaboration at Casa Tomada, a local facility for production, reflection, and interaction. The works will be exhibited in the 17th Festival, as part of the Southern Panoramas exhibition. Enrolment for the Prize will remain open until October 29, 2010.

Artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania may submit works for the Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition by March 10, 2011. Those in the shortlist, to be announced in June 2011, will compete for a Grand Prize of forty-five thousand Brazilian reais (roughly US$25,000 at current exchange rates) cash, and eight artist residency prizes, to be granted in partnership with institutions in Brazil, Asia, Europe, and South America.

The 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil is promoted by SESC São Paulo and Associação Cultural Videobrasil. The two organizations promoted the Brazilian tour of the Sophie Calle – Cuide de você (2009) exhibition, and are now preparing the Joseph Beuys – We Are the Revolution (São Paulo/Salvador) exhibition for September 2010.

17TH VIDEOBRASIL BROADENS FOCUS AND BECOMES INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL

Enrolment is open for the 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, due September 2011 with a new name and significant structural changes from the previous editions. The Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition, previously restricted to video works, is now accepting other artistic experiments, such as installations, performance, and book-objects or artist books—artwork that uses printed media or publications intended to be works of art. The new competition expands its ability to encompass diverse manifestations, including those that depart from the single-channel format.

Detailed in the Regulations and Entry Forms published here, the new change in the model of Videobrasil seeks to align the Festival with the nature of contemporary art practices, to meet the demands of political-cultural debate, and to confront the huge output of representations that constitutes the territory of visuality in the world today. It gives Videobrasil a never-before-seen format, making it the country’s first contemporary art festival.

The 1st Videobrasil Open Studio Prize underscores the propositional character of the International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. Created for this edition, the Prize will select young artists from the city of São Paulo to produce artwork in collaboration at Casa Tomada, a local facility for production, reflection, and interaction. The works will be exhibited in the 17th Festival, as part of the Southern Panoramas exhibition. Enrolment for the Prize will remain open until October 29, 2010.

Artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania may submit works for the Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition by March 10, 2011. Those in the shortlist, to be announced in June 2011, will compete for a Grand Prize of forty-five thousand Brazilian reais (roughly US$25,000 at current exchange rates) cash, and eight artist residency prizes, to be granted in partnership with institutions in Brazil, Asia, Europe, and South America.

The 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil is promoted by SESC São Paulo and Associação Cultural Videobrasil. The two organizations promoted the Brazilian tour of the Sophie Calle – Cuide de você (2009) exhibition, and are now preparing the Joseph Beuys – We Are the Revolution (São Paulo/Salvador) exhibition for September 2010.