Tuesday, 28 September 2010

iDANS 04 - The New CosmopoliDANS

1-31 October 2010
iDANS Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival presented by Bimeras Cultural Foundation invites once more to creativity!

The Istanbul based interdisciplinary arts festival iDANS will take place between 1-31st of October. The fourth edition of iDANS will rock the streets and the stages of Istanbul with 154 artists, 41 projects and more than 50 performances. The festival will continue with additional events until the end of 2010.

Organized around the theme of "Cosmopolitanism," iDANS aims to bring into attention the complexity, hybridity and heterogeneity of identities and to expose the multiple cultural affiliations of artistic practices. The festival program highlights the "choreographic" as a practice of cultural, political and affective negotiation and probes the significance of artistic expressions for a democratic public space.

An Overview of the Festival Program

The festival program presents some 41 projects including 5 commissions, 4 co-productions, 9 seminars and 8 workshops by the most challenging players in the field.

Critical Endeavor

Critical Endeavor is an educational workshop program for dance journalists, writers and critics that stems from a European initiative called Jardin d'Europe. It will take place between 18-31st of October 2010 as part of iDANS and it will deal with the questions, concerns, ethics and responsibilities of critical practices in contemporary arts and aims to achieve an informed, yet accessible, discourse on live arts. Internationally acclaimed dance writers, curators and critics will be mentoring the 10 participants of Critical Endeavor.

Prix Jardin d'Europe:
European Dance Prize for Young Choreographers is awarded within the context of iDANS
The "Prix Jardin d'Europe" is the most important project of the "Jardin d'Europe", a network supported by the Culture Programme of the European Commission, developed by its 10 European partners─Ultima Vez (BE), CCN Montpellier (FR), Workshop Foundation (HU), Lokomotiva (MK), Station (RS), Art Link (RO), Cullberg Ballet (SE), Bimeras Cultural Foundation (TR), Southbank Centre (UK), danceWEB (AT). It will be hosted by Bimeras and the "Prix" will be awarded on the 31st of October to a dance production presented in the frame of an Emerging Works Summit. The jury will be comprised of the Critical Endeavor participants.

Giant Cats in an Urban Stroll

iKEDi is a social creativity project developed by Roger Titley and Airan Berg for the 2010 edition of iDANS. Developed for the general framework for iDANS, iKEDi emphasizes cultures of co-existence, pluralism and diversity with particular attention to Istanbul's animals.

South African animation artist and designer Roger Titley who is known for his creatures for cinema and TV—such as the dung beetle and the elephants that marked the opening and closing ceremonies of the recent FIFA World Cup—leads the design and supervises the creation of puppets of Istanbul's endemic animals. Large and small scale puppets will be created in designated neighborhoods with the local residents.


Inonu Cad. 41/5 Gümüşsuyu 34437 İstanbul/TÜRKİYE
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Autograph ABP launches first film season at Rivington Place

Image caption: Film still from Testament (1988), dir: John Akomfrah

Autograph ABP is pleased to launch the film season with the award winning film Testament (1988:80 mins), a Black Audio Film Collective production followed by a discussion with director John Akomfrahnon Friday 1st October, 6.30pm.

Testament focuses on the Kwame Nkrumah era in Ghanaian history and paints a portrait of a female African government minister forced into exile after a coup d'état in 1966. Two decades later the protagonist returns to confront the country she left behind. Filmed partly in Ghana, Akomfrah's film explores themes of diaspora, memory, political struggle and liberatory idealism.

Contact Rivington Place directly for further details and to reserve a space; £3.50 on the door.

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

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Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday

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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Age of Extremes

6.45pm Thursday 23 September
Tricycle Cinema,
269 Kilburn High Road, NW6,
BOX OFFICE: 0207 328 1000

The documentary exposes how the British establishment have utilised propaganda and deliberately demonized and marginalized Islam as a means to bolster support for their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Additional screening:
Riverside Studios
7.30pm Thursday 30 Sept
Crisp Road, Hammersmith
BOX OFFICE: 0208 237 1111

We strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance as ricenpeas events are generally sold out. This is a documentary not to be missed.

Please feel free to forward this invitation

For more information visit our website and check out this month's issue of our online magazine.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Triangle Arts Trust Workshop in Collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos


I am happy to inform you about the first Triangle Arts Trust Workshop in Lagos organised in collaboration with CCA,Lagos to be held from the 4th-17th October 2010 at Stone House in Alakuko. The workshop hopes to accommodate 18 professional artists from Nigeria, across Africa as well as internationally. The workshop is open to artists working in all media. Whilst the focus will be artists from Nigeria (up to 10) priority will also be given to artists from the Global South. Applications are also welcome from around the world.

The two-week workshop will bring together a group of artists working in various disciplines to share ideas,experiences and to make new work inspired by the context and the opportunity to work alongside other artists.
Approximately 18 artists will participate in the workshop, half from Nigeria and the rest from other countries in Africa and further afield. During the workshop participants will also be invited to present their work to each other and to the public. The workshop will end with an Open Day, when the public will join the artists in celebrating the outcome of the two weeks.

Financial conditions:
The workshop will provide the successful applicants with full lodging and food, working space, local transportation and a small material stipend. International artists will be able to apply to have their international travel covered by the workshop.

Procedure for applications and deadline:
All candidates must apply using the application form and submit all the required documents listed in the form. Closing date for applications 18th September 2010. The completed application forms and required documents can be requested from info@ccalagos.org should be returned to this address.

While email communication is encouraged, artists may send their materials to the following address:
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9, McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba
Lagos, Nigeria

Please note that work or material sent by post cannot be returned.
Late applications cannot be reviewed. Successful candidates will be informed by 21st of September 2010

For more information or any inquiries, please contact info@ccalagos.org

Opening Reception Ever Young: James Barnor with a special viewing of The Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois 16th September

16 September 2010 6.30-8.30pm, Rivington Place, London

Autograph ABP presents two major photographic exhibitions: James Barnor’s street and studio portraits from the late 1940s to the 1970s, in Ghana and England, and the W.E.B. Du Bois collection of portraits compiled for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Both aim to explore the notion of the photographic archive in relation to visual politics of race, representation and difference, as well as the question of modernity within post-colonial and transatlantic perspectives on photography in the 21st century.

James Barnor’s archive was produced during a career that started in 1949. It covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres as it creates a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures. Many of his works will be shown for the first time in the UK.

Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis. The exhibition showcases vintage and contemporary prints from Barnor’s photographic studio Ever Young, fashion portraits in glorious colour, as well as portraits of luminaries, such as Kwame Nkrumah and Mohammad Ali, many commissioned for Drum magazine.

Fifty years earlier, W.E.B. Du Bois, the leading black intellectual and civil rights activist, and Thomas J. Calloway, lawyer and educator, strategically employed 363 photographs in the American Negro Exhibit. The Paris Albums 1900 present a selection of 200 portraits compiled for their photographic album entitled Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A. Retrospectively, Du Bois' remarkable collection of photographs can be read as the origins of a visual construction of a new African-American identity. As such, it provides an extraordinary insight into the conditions of black culture at the end of the 19th century, only 35 years after the abolition of slavery.

Ranging in genre from mug shot aesthetic to bourgeois theatrical portrait, Du Bois’ intention was to produce a comprehensive, alternative view of the black subject, in his own words ‘an honest straightforward exhibit of a small nation of people, picturing their life and development without apology or gloss, and above all made by themselves.’ One-hundred and ten years later and exhibited for the first time in the UK, Autograph ABP presents a selection from this important archive to re-examine the critical question of representation.

The exhibition Ever Young: James Barnor emerges as a direct result of archival research made possible by a four year archive project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), entitled Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography, opening in 2011.

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

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VIDEONALE 13: Short Deadline

Call for Entries
Deadline: 20 September 2010


"A place for discoveries" – That's what the German magazine art wrote about VIDEONALE, the international festival for contemporary video art. From 14 April to 29 May 2011 the 13th edition of VIDEONALE takes place at Kunstmuseum Bonn/Germany. You can submit single or – this year for the first time – multi channel works created in the past two years for VIDEONALE 13. The entry deadline is 20 September, 2010 (post mark).

Founded in 1984 the biannually initiated VIDEONALE is counted amongst the oldest festivals for video art in Germany and Europe. Besides its high standard of presented works, VIDEONALE reached a widely accepted reputation in its attempt to develop new forms of presentation for video art. Like in the past also at VIDEONALE 13 a team of architects and designers will develop a cutting-edge exhibition architecture to meet the requirements of the reception of media art.

For the 13th VIDEONALE about 40 works will be chosen by an international jury of experts and afterwards be presented in a six-week exhibition in Bonn. The show will open with a four-day festival featuring a variety of events. Starting in late summer the works of VIDEONALE 13 will be shown at further art institutions worldwide in the context of VIDEONALE ON TOUR. The works of VIDEONALE 12 were shown at the video art fair LOOP Barcelona/Spain, at the Museum of Modern Art in Glasgow/Scotland, at INVIDEO festival in Milan/Italy, at Bavarian House in Odessa/Ukraine, at several venues in Taipei/Taiwan and at the National Gallery of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo/Bosnia-Herzegovina.

There's no set topic for submissions, but the submitted work mustn't be older than two years (i.e. starting January 2008).

The exhibits will automatically be taking part in the competition for the VIDEONALE-AWARD which will be awarded by an international prize-jury.

Deadline for submission is 20 September 2010. Further information and application forms are available at www.videonale.org.


VIDEONALE e.V. im Kunstmuseum Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
D-53113 Bonn
tel +49-(0)228-692818