Wednesday, 12 October 2011

FELA from the archives of TheNews : See the Exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos opening today as part of FELABRATION 2011

You are Invited to see the exhibition:

FELA from the archives of TheNews

part of FELABRATION 2011
and curated by The Felabration Organising Committee

from the photograph archives of Independent Communications Network Limited
publishers of TheNews, PM News, and Tempo

Various photographers

The Exhibition opens 11-10-11 1700hrs
and runs until 16-10-11 2200hrs

@*Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos*
9, McEwen Street, Sabo
Lagos, Nigeria.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


‘The Workshop Series’ will provide a forum for debate on the link between the arts and social engagement in Egypt. Designed and co-ordinated by the Townhouse, the series will stage seminars, guest speakers and ongoing art projects revolving around a particular theme (see the descriptions of the individual workshops below). Each workshop will promote a highly collaborative, participatory engagement in order to develop a rolling conversation resulting in the production of individual works to be presented at Townhouse and disseminated to the general public. The workshops are designed to cater to those interested in a wide and diverse range of mediums including but not limited to film/video, design, creative writing as well as traditional and alternative forms of cultural production.

The Workshop Series will consist of four workshops of approximately nine months duration beginning in October 2011. Participants will commit to one day a week excluding official holidays. Some workshops will be conduced in Arabic only, others in Arabic and English, please see the descriptions below.

All workshops will be documented and results published in a comprehensive catalogue at the conclusion of The Workshop Series in 2012.

Workshop 1 – ‘Multiple Truths’

(Arabic & English)
Application Deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2011.

Freedom of speech may have once been considered a nebulous concept in Egypt, maintained at an unreachable distance. Yet with the ongoing events since January 25th, the Egyptian population has diminished that gap and now stands face-to-face with the possibility for individuals to speak their minds freely. However, for a country whose people have navigated their lives under the influence of suffocating censorship, the task of accepting and comprehending an encompassing notion of freedom of speech can be a daunting one.

Workshop 1 – ‘Multiple Truths’ will address freedom of speech not as a simple solution but instead as a powerful tool that requires responsibility and awareness on behalf of both the source of output and the consumer thereof. Rumor is one example of communication that has become intertwined with truth, as it is undeniable that while certain rumors were intended to inspire, others have brought about confusion, confrontation, and violence. ‘Multiple Truths’ will offer the framework to explore rumor and other aspects of self-expression in relation to truth through discussion and the artistic process.

The emphasis of this workshop being the future of Egypt and its relationship with truth and rumor, ‘Multiple Truths’ will encourage the participants to take a closer look at their surroundings and create dynamic and relevant works of art with seemingly uncontroversial objects, to question assumptions on the appearance and purpose of said objects.

In addition to the above-mentioned media, sound will also be encouraged as a means to further exemplify the complex relationship between interpretation and what is broadly accepted as uncontested fact.

Workshop 2 – ‘Stories from a Generation’

(Arabic only)
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 25th, 2011.

This workshop will focus on developing a discourse on human rights, civil society and social issues in Egypt. The aftermath of the events of January 25th have provided a unique opportunity to expand the discussion and appreciation of rights issues. Workshop 2 – ‘Stories From A Generation’ will take a bottom-up approach, encouraging the participants of this workshop to reflect first on their personal, everyday experiences and to then extrapolate from those starting points a sense of how rights discourse can be relevant to society at all levels, including the most basic. By the conclusion of this workshop, each participant will have written a short story in Arabic, to be published collectively by Townhouse and distributed to an audience of NGOs, schools and other civil society actors.

The potential benefits of attending this workshop and to Egyptian society as a whole are substantial. Participants of ‘Stories from a Generation’ will not only develop significant critical thinking skills and a comprehensive awareness of the everyday impact of human rights, but they will also be equipped to take their gained knowledge and apply it to an extensive understanding of society. Egypt is currently undergoing a period of great change, and, if seized now, the numerous opportunities for civil society discourse and leadership could have a considerable and lasting effect on the future direction of Egypt.

Eligible participants of ‘Stories from a Generation’ must meet the two requirements of being fluent in written Arabic and having recently graduated from university (although there are no restrictions regarding from where or in what subject one must have graduated). The instructors of this workshop will be drawn from a variety of professions, including writers and activists and will encompass a specialist in Arabic composition who will assist the participants in writing their stories fluently and expressively.

Workshop 3 – ‘The Fluidity of Symbols’

(Arabic & English)
Application Deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2011.

While a symbol may be of definite origin and proven to have served an original purpose, it can just as well transform into a charged force of propaganda that is entirely detached from these beginnings, either though active appropriation or the organic evolution of images and ideas. Building upon both broader connotations and subliminal power as it makes its way through a community, a symbol is much more than a mere product of its creator. Within Egypt, symbols that are currently in use originate from a range of sources that span no less than multiple millennia – and the profusion of their current meanings is just as varied as the individual users themselves. These interpretations, whether intentionally or passively acquired, in turn influence the way in which one reads a symbol and perceives its implications. Workshop 3 will explore ‘The Fluidity of Symbols’ within Egypt and the relationship between symbol-based propaganda and the people of this country. With the events following January 25th, the red-white-black of the Egyptian flag has become the prime example of a symbol whose meaning is reliant on context. The revolutionaries use it to promote the dawn of a new era in Egypt, while the opposing side flies the flag in support of Mubarak’s regime and what the country once was. There is one flag and one Egypt, but the use of this national symbol is subject to ever-multiplying conceptions of Egypt.

This plurality of meaning is relevant not merely because of our copious interaction with symbols, but also because of the current culture of appropriation and replication. To enhance the understanding of how symbols evolve and can take on significant social meaning, Workshop 3 – ‘The Fluidity of Symbols’ will focus on understanding the reason why particular symbols are actively used as, or naturally become, avenues of expression over others.

The objectives of this workshop include the cultivation of meaningful, productive debates relating to the links between symbols and their representative power. Specific focus will be given to considering the social meaning of symbols and their place in contemporary Egypt. These theoretical aspects of the workshop will lay the groundwork for participants to appropriate and refashion symbols in a practical manner.

Workshop 4 – ‘Accessible Advocacy: Tackling Sexual Harassment in Egypt Through Mobile Phones’

(Arabic only)
Application Deadline: Friday, September 30th, 2011.

When the inaugural Cairo Festival for Mobile Film took place in 2007, its significance lay in the reality that filming in the public space was not considered socially acceptable in Egypt, at best. Yet the success of this event, as well as that of mobile phone video workshops and festivals of its kind, which have since taken place internationally, testify to the medium’s growing potential and importance in today’s social climate. Previous to January 25th, individuals would use the camera feature on their mobile phones with utmost discretion, not only due to social confinement, but out of the justified fear of random and unproportionally harsh crackdowns by government and police on those who would be singled out as having made such recordings in public. There has been a drastic change in this regard, as countless ordinary people have since used and continue to utilise their mobile phones as a means of documenting events ranging from peaceful marches to police brutality in the streets. Mobile phones are able to bring the proof and magnitude of these events to wider audiences due to the accessibility of both the medium itself and the footage it can capture. These devices are now seen as vital tools used to focus in on and expose social issues by making the captured videos available to a public unprecedented in scale.

Workshop 4 – ‘Accessible Advocacy’ will utilise this environment, which has become sensitized to the use and importance of mobile phones, to address and tackle the widely documented presence of sexual harassment in Egypt. During this workshop, the participants will discuss how harassment plagues current day Egypt and the ways in which this can be questioned and highlighted in brief videos. The workshop offers an opportunity for serious debates across gender boundaries and for both to have a better understanding of how individuals experience and interpret sexual harassment. The videos shot within this framework will be recorded and edited on the mobile phones of the participants. Technical instruction on editing techniques and other aspects of filming with a simple device will be offered throughout the course.

Once the videos have been produced, they will be screened at Townhouse and distributed freely to NGOs, schools and members of the public interested in raising awareness and encouraging debate.

How to apply for the workshops and guidelines for submitting your work:

There are no application forms for this workshop series – applicants are asked to submit the following in Arabic or English, respectively:

– Your basic contact information

– C.V. with indication of your Arabic and English proficiency

– A motivation letter tailored to the specific workshop you are applying for

– Up to five relevant samples of your work, regardless of the medium (images, texts, audio files, videos, URLs, etc.)

– A checklist of your submitted work (with information related to your submitted work samples, if desired)

Technical guidelines for submitting your work samples:

– Images: Max. 100 dpi and max. 2000px on the longer side

– Texts: Published or unpublished

– Audio and video files: Up to 10 minutes each. Submit either URLs if available online (preferred) or via one of the following upload services only: Dropbox, Rapidshare, yousendit, Wetransfer

All submitted work samples attached to your application email must list your last (family) name, followed by an underscore and the file name. For example: Hala Fahmy would submit her images as Fahmy_(title of image).jpg or her texts as Fahmy_(title of text).doc.

Please submit your application in ONE EMAIL to:

Alexandra Stock at (10 MB per email)

Subject: Workshop 1/2/3/4

(Please indicate the number of the workshop you are applying for in the subject line of the email. If you are applying for more than one workshop, please submit as many applications and indicate the order of your preference, for example Workshop 3 / first choice).

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Video Art Workshop Bamako and Segou

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le flyer d'annonce de l'atelier international sur la vidéo d'art organisé par Soleil d'Afrique en partenariat avec le Centre Culturel Korè Ségou. Prévu du 26 juillet au 10 Août 2011, une douzaine d'artistes prendront part à cet atelier qui déroulera à Bamako et Ségou.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Beyond Football - Shifting Interests and Identity

Bimpe Adebambo (N), Andrew Asiebo (N), Yetunde Babaeko (N/D), Uchay Joel Chima (N), Nina Erfle (D), Uche James-Iroha (N), Ebele Okoye (N), Lerrato Shadi (SA), Alafuro Sikoki (N), Katrin Ströbel (D)
Curator: Emeka Udemba (N)

SAVVY Contemporary
Richardstr.43/44 | 12055 Berlin-Neukölln

Opening: 25.06.2011, 7.00 pm.
Exhibition: 26.06 – 08.07.2011 | Thurs - Sun, 4.00 - 8.00 pm.

The discourse regarding women and gender is one of the pivotal topics that
have captured the imagination of social and political critics in recent
decades. Whether in politics, economics or in the educational sphere,
the place of women in today’s society is still a contested issue.

As part of the events commemorating the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
tournament in Germany, the exhibition Beyond football – shifting
interests and identity, interrogates through the prism of the game of
football issues of gender, sexuality, discrimination, and life- style in contemporary societies.

The project’s intent is not to overturn the multiple axes of stratification affecting women. Nonetheless, this exhibition provides a platform to negotiate, challenge, disrupt, deconstruct, re-construct and question entrenched ideas on gender.

The exhibition will also be shown in Lagos, Nigeria.Beyond football – shifting
interests and identity, will be accompanied by an exclusive catalogue.

This project is a cooperation between the Goethe Institute Lagos and SAVVY
Contemporary Berlin, and it is supported by the Kulturamt Neukölln, DHL, Nigerian Embassy Berlin.

For further Informations, please contact: |
Press contact: Claudia Lamas Cornejo |

Video Art: A survival guide

More dynamic than ever Festival Miden is ready again to present an
intriguing selection from the global production of video art by young and
aspiring artists. A production that the festival follows systematically 7
years now, giving its audience the opportunity to obtain a holistic view
of an art form that is evolving unexpectedly, rapidly and diversely at
this very moment.

The screenings include the themed video art programs “LOL”, “THIS IS WAR”,
Also, this year Festival Miden will present tributes to some very
interesting foreign festivals, art groups and curators such as Oslo Screen
(Norway), All Art Now (Syria), Cyberbrothers (Russia), Videoplay
(Argentina) and CologneOFF (Germany).

Furthermore, several interesting parallel events are scheduled, including
a special screening of the themed program “Come to Life” at the
Archaeological Museum of Messenia, an introductive lecture about Video Art
History by Gioula Papadopoulou at the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata,
while the closing event of the Festival will be the special audiovisual
party set “The New Style”, in which DJ Blue Lagoon from the well-known
Greek art group Kormoranos mixes on stage music and videos that he and his
partner Haris Lagousis have edited. / / /

One Minute Africa

With less than one month until the deadline, remember to submit your videos to...

One Minutes are videos of exactly 60 seconds. You can now send us your One Minute videos for the first-ever One Minutes Africa competition (flyers attached).

There are 6 Categories to choose from:

1. Spoken word & sound: The art of language and sound, ranging from oral history to the sounds of the street
2. In my backyard: What is it like where you live? What happens there? Give us a sense of the place and the goings-on that surround you.
3. Where history begins: With real people in real places, history begins. Express your ideas of time and experience, from ‘small’, personal histories to large-scale events.
4. Micro-commercials: Small companies run by passionate owners
5. Portraits: Even in a single minute, the essence of a person or object can be revealingly portrayed. What is your One Minute portrait?
6. Privacy: What does privacy mean for you?

8 videos in each category will be nominated for an award. Prize winners will be invited to the awards ceremony hosted by the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt, this coming September.

Be sure to join our Facebook page, One Minutes Africa, for the latest updates and submissions!

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2011.

Submitting your video online?

Visit The One Minutes website to fill out the forms and send us your videos through

Submitting your videos by post?

Living in Africa but located outside of Egypt? Send your video as data to:
The One Minutes
Fred Roeskestraat 98
1076 ED Amsterdam

Living in Egypt? Send your video as data to:
Townhouse Gallery
c/o One Minutes Africa
10 Nabrawy St off Champollion St
Downtown, Cairo

Questions still not answered? Email

Video Art in Public Space

Call for Proposals

Atopia is accepting proposals for the Vitrine Project. Artists of all lands may apply.

Vitrine is a platform for experimenting with video art in public space. It offers the artists and the public a unique opportunity to engage with multi-screen video works right on the side of the street. Every winter artists from around the world illuminate the Vitrine with new video works. Sannergata is a busy route for traffic moving in and out of Oslo, and the Vitrine has the potential of reaching thousands of viewers everyday.

Vitrine is aimed at exploring the potentials of multi-screen video works in public space and the notions of transience – moving images and moving public.

We seek proposals in the form of video works that are innovative in their approach and daring in their exploration.

Sound is not an option for Vitrine and we prioritize non-violent imagery.

The fourth season of Atopia’s Vitrine will run from Nov. 2011 to Feb. 2012.

The four selected proposals will each receive an award of €1,000.

Deadline: 26 August 2011

Entry form:

Contact: vitrine(AT)

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Release Ai Weiwei

Statement by Jens Galschiot, 8 April 2011

On Sunday 3rd April the renowned artist Ai Weiwei was arrested by Chinese police. Attempts to contact the artist have been in vain and the Chinese authorities deny any comment on the issue. Allegedly some sort of financial crime is the core of the issue. This accusation is dubious and can be used for anything.

Danish artist Jens Galschiot has on two occasions been denied entry to Hong Kong as a result of his artistic commitment in co-operation with the Democracy Movement. He has a permanent ban for entering China. On the occasion of Ai Weiwei’s arrest he declares:

“I energetically condemn the arrest of Ai Weiwei. He is one of the world’s most prominent artists, he makes outstanding artworks, and lately he has made a comprehensive exhibition at Tate Modern. All these activities highlight the fact that China has become an important part of the international art scene. Ai Weiwei stands as a prominent representative of the Chinese people, promising for the future.

I am deeply concerned that China now once again has displayed its totalitarian face to the world and once again has committed an encroachment on its own citizens. This shameful act reveals that China still has a long way to go before it can be regarded a state based on the rule of law protecting its citizens against arbitrary abuse of power.

I urge all artists of the world to express their protest against the detention of Ai Weiwei. The Guggenheim museum has launched a petition. Visit the homepage and join the petition.

Likewise I request the Danish government and all democratic governments to condemn the arrest. This abuse should not go unheeded, especially as China has become one of the most important trading partners of the West. Therefore we have a special obligation to express our concern.

In particular I summon the governments of Hong Kong and Taiwan to protest. These two entities with Chinese population enjoying free speech have a special obligation to express their disapproval of an infringement committed by Mainland China. Maybe the Chinese government will be more sensitive to criticism from their own compatriots”, Jens Galschiot concludes.

General INFO

Guggenheim’s petition:

The artist has uploaded comprehensive documentation about China on his homepage, see

About the detention, see

Contact/info/photos on Jens Galschiot:, e-mail
Tel. +45 6618 4058, mobile +45 4044 7058 and

Newsletter: subscribe at

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


APRIL 29- MAY 1, 2011

Today's Europe is a multiracial, multicultural space. It is a melting pot where African and Caribbean Immigrants-whether they arrived in the 19th, 20th or 21st centuries- and their descendants all shared the common ambition for a better life while mainly facing grave difficulties and injustices.

The "Black and Blue in Europe" film series features a selection of films that explore stories of Black people in Europe.

WHEN: APRIL 29- MAY 1, 2011
WHERE: Teachers College,
Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 263 Macy

Take train 1 to 116th street and walk uptown four blocks. Entrance between Broadway and Amsterdam. Picture ID requested to enter building.


BOMA TERVUREN, THE JOURNEY by Francis Dujardin (Belgium/Congo, 54mins)
The extraordinary and tragic saga of 267 Congolese, brought to Brussels to be exposed at the 1897 World's Fair. Fri, April 29 @ 6:00pm - FREE SCREENING


PLAYING AWAY by Horace Ove (UK, 100mins)
To mark the conclusion of their "Third World Week" celebration, a cricket team in a small English village invites a West Indian cricket team from South London to a charity game. Featuring Norman Beaton Fri, April 29 @ 8pm


THE GLASS CEILING by Yamina Benguigui (France/Algeria, 90mins)
Europe's racial make-up is quickly changing. French-Algerian filmmaker Yamina Benguigui is hoping to start a conversation about affirmative action - a policy that does not exist in France today. Sat, April 30 @ 3:30pm


BLACK DJU by Pol Cruchten (Luxembourg, 80mins)
From the sea and sun of the Cape Verde Island, it's a very big step to rainy, gloomy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that's the journey 20-year-old Dju Dele Dibonga must take to track down his dad, whose yearly visits and monthly guest worker checks have stopped. Featuring veteran actor Philippe Léotard and introducing singer Cesaria Evora as Dju's mother. Sat, April 30 @ 5:30pm


OTOMO by Frieder Schlaisch (Germany, 84mins)
A powerful film portraying institutionalized racism and police brutality, Otomo provides a convincing look at the everyday world of refugees, who are continuously surrounded by tension and insecurity. Based on the true story of Frederic Otomo. Stars Isaach de Bankole (The Limits of Control, Manderlay) Sat, April 30 @ 7:30pm


WAALO FENDO by Mohammed Soudani (Switzerland/Senegal, 65mins)
Milan, like Paris or Stuttgart, and like many other European cities, is the theater of the drama of immigration. Demba reconstructs his story and that of his brother Yaro, both Senegalese immigrants in Italy, in a long and fragmentary flashback that begins with Yaro's murder. An immigration story like others but that most people are unaware of. Sun, May 1 @ 1pm

SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 2:30PM

BURNING AN ILLUSION by Menelik Shabbaz (UK, 107mins)
Burning an Illusion powerfully evokes young Black lifestyles in the London eighties and raises issues of lifestyle choices and personal growth in a racist society. Sun, May 1 @ 2:30pm

SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 4:30PM

DANCING FOREVER by Christian Faure (France, 90mins)
Based on Marie Do's autobiographical novel, this absorbing movie balances the two dominant factors in its heroine's destiny: her mixed-race heritage and her passion for dance in a consistently upbeat tone that matches its heroine's indomitable spirit. Sun, May 1 @ 4:30pm.

SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 6:30PM

JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN'S WORLD by Annette von Wangenheim (Germany/USA, 45mins)
A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Sun, May 1 @ 6:30pm.

Join us to share your thoughts and light refreshments

Sugar Hill Beer courtesy of HarlemBrew

Weekend pass $20; Day pass $15; $6 per show.


Work In Progress

Sub-urban, the Urban Espresso Bar's video-lounge presents:

work in progress

05.04.2011 - 18.04.2011

ALITE THIJSEN : work in progress : 2009 - 2011

The camera is Alite Thijsen's instrument to get a view on social processes. For her the images are
snapshots, inseparable from the context. The author, the subject, the location, the accidental encounters
and the assembly, all those elements determine what is shown.

Over the past twenty years Alite Thijsen has frequently worked and travelled in Africa. Through her
experience she questions the absolute nature of knowledge gathering. The artist's video which is now on
show in Sub urban video lounge is shot in Casamanca (Senegal) during the boukout ceremony. The origin of
the boukout goes way back in the past and seems to be unaffected by evangelisation, conversion,
colonialism and globalization. In an indeterminate moment, once in twenty years, the youngsters in the
village are initiated by the elderly into social practice and tested in their defensibility.

For this important initiation former inhabitants return to their village, coming from all over the world. The fact
that the public part of the ceremonies is now open to an outsider with a camera, proofs that tradition is not a
fixed phenomenon. But what does this mean for this tradition in the future?

coming up :
19.04.2011 - 03.05.2011 : ALITE THIJSEN : CASABLANCA WORKSHOPS


Screenings: daily from 12h - 17h

Urban Espresso Bar - Botersloot 44A (near Central Library) Rotterdam -

London via Lagos

The London via Lagos Festival at Oval House Theatre

London via Lagos is a daring festival of new plays by British-Nigerian
playwrights offering three radically different visions of the relationship
between Nigeria and the UK.

Over ten weeks, from May 3 - July 10th, London via Lagos brings to the London stage three
innovative and contemporary plays; each with its own perspective spanning the
political, the personal, and the domestic. All three dramas investigate today’s
Britain and all reflect the vigour and passion of Nigeria.

From the streets of Hackney to the English countryside; from the mansions of
the Lagos elite to the oil pipelines of Northern Nigeria, three new plays reveal
the political, personal and the domestic stories found where two great cultures

Co-produced by new British-African drama company, Spora Stories, the Festival

features the work of Ade Solanke, Arinze Kene, and Lydia Adetunji.

Pandora's Box by Ade Solanke (Tuesday 3 – Sunday 22 May, 2011)

On holiday with her streetwise son in Lagos, a British-Nigerian mother is in
turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school, or
return him to the ‘battlefields’ of inner London…? A family spanning three
generations and two continents meet together in Lagos for the first time in over
thirty years. But the joy of reunion also unleashes long-suppressed truths. An
exuberant mix of comedy, tragedy and family drama, Pandora’s Boxreveals the
heartbreak behind the choices every parent must make.

On May 6th, we'll be having a post-show debate titled 'Fight or Flight: Education,

British-African kids and Africa,'with Diane Abbott MPand Dr Osita Okagbue of Goldsmiths College,

about taking British-African/Caribbean kids back to Africa or the Caribbean. As you know, a
Nigerian woman was imprisoned in Britain in February for taking her son home against his will.

Special early bird booking offer of £10 tickets (instead of £14) if booked by April 18th. Code word 'early' (telephone or web).

Group bookings: 10 or more - £12/ £5 (concessions) per ticket.

Concessions for under 16s and others are available at £7 during the run. Preview tickets for May 3rd and 4th are also £7. (no fee) or 0207 582 7680 (3-8pm Tues - Sat)

Arinze Kene's play 'Little Baby Jesus' follows from May 25th - June 15th .

Lydia Adetunji's play 'Fixer' is on from June 21st - July 10th.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

SUPERMARKET: Cultural Collaborations in new Constellations. A meeting between Sweden and West Africa

“African Talks”
in collaboration with: In Focus: Nordic and African Art in Collaboration.
February 19, 2 – 4 pm

Culture is a fundamental part of a society, and a fundamental factor in the development of a country. But culture is fragile when faced with economical, and political realities. If a society lacks stability, or an economical and political will, it is difficult for a culture to grow, and to develop freely. But: in places where culture is endorsed and given support, areas can flourish in ways that reaches far beyond the boundaries of art.

The fact that economically strong countries like Sweden support developing countries, and regions with scarce resources is for many people something axiomatic. But, it is a support that rarely focuses on culture. We know that anti-poverty programmes are necessary, but what other processes in a country are also important to support? A somewhat different view seems to be in practise in countries like France and Germany, where cultural support is broad and is being performed all over the world. This type of commitment must also be discussed. As a receiver of such support one might be faced with conditions that are not always suitable for the indigenous context. How does one maintain an independence and integrity in such a situation? How can an independent cultural platform be developed?

In a talk between artists and culture workers from Sweden, Mali and Nigeria we will discuss the conditions of cultural collaborations. What type of experiences do we have, and how do we develop a sustainable collaboration? What do we want to do in the future? The participants will share their own experiences from different projects and collaborations, together with representatives from cultural institutions.

The debate is organized by Supermarket and In Focus: Nordic and African Art in Collaboration, a politically and religiously independent organization that promotes collaborations between artists and producers of culture in the Nordic region and Africa, with a focus on West Africa.

African Talks is supported by the Swedish Institute. A special thanks to the association Afrikultur.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Triple Canopy: 2011 commissions program

Triple Canopy: 2011 commissions program

Triple Canopy is pleased to announce its second annual call for proposals. We will be commissioning projects spanning the six areas outlined below—original research, new-media journalism, public programming, Internet-specific artwork and literature, and critical dialogues—to be published in the magazine and presented before live audiences between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. Proposals are due by February 14, 2011. Read more

Project areas

Triple Canopy staff will work closely and collaboratively with contributors as they develop their projects, a process that usually takes between three and six months. Recipients of commissions will be offered a modest honorarium of up to 500 USD, depending on the scope of the project and the cost of its development, in addition to between twenty and thirty hours of work by editors, designers, and developers.

Research Work
Research Work was established to facilitate the creation of research projects that are produced outside academia, for a general audience; employ Internet-specific methods of presentation; and serve a public best reached by making the work available for free online.

Immaterial Literature
Immaterial Literature was established to facilitate the production of creative writing—fiction, poetry, prose—that engages other media (and artists), considers the particular formal qualities of the Web as a medium, and speaks to a diverse and widespread readership.

Internet as Material
Internet as Material was established to support emerging and midcareer artists who have never before made work specifically for the Web in the production of an online project. These projects further Triple Canopy's mission by utilizing the Internet—which is too often understood as a channel for the transfer of information—as a medium for the development of artworks that actively engage readers and viewers.

Thinking Through Images
Thinking Through Images was established to foster conversations about images and videos of cultural, political, and social relevance, between artists, writers, researchers, and other engaged cultural practitioners working in different fields. The program aims to facilitate close readings of popular media and fine art—from nineteenth-century paintings to Internet memes to documentation of current events—that consider these cultural products in a common context.

New Media Reporting
New Media Reporting was established to provide journalists an outlet for—and provide them with the technical resources and expertise to realize—in-depth, critical reports executed in multiple media, with the goal of providing an immersive experience of stories and subjects.

New Programming
New Programming was established to support the development of exhibitions, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, and other public events that examine the intersection of culture, politics, and technology. It serves the general public by offering unique, low-cost educational experiences at community-based nonprofit spaces in the United States and elsewhere.

Submission guidelines

Past commissions recipients

Triple Canopy is an online magazine, workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities. Working collaboratively with writers, artists, and researchers, Triple Canopy facilitates projects that engage the Internet's specific characteristics as a public forum and as a medium, one with its own evolving practices of reading and viewing, economies of attention, and modes of interaction. In doing so, Triple Canopy is charting an expanded field of publication, drawing on the history of print culture while acting as a hub for the exploration of emerging forms and the public spaces constituted around them. Triple Canopy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Triple Canopy gratefully acknowledges The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, The Buddy Taub Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics (FEAST), The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, New York Council for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Prospect Hill Foundation, as well as the many individuals and in-kind contributors who have generously given their support.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

TrAIN Residency at Gasworks

Residency Dates: 5th April 2011 - 2nd July 2011
Deadline for application: 24th January 2011
The successful applicant will be notified by the end of January-first
week of February 2011.

The residency comprises:
- accommodation and basic living expenses in London
- materials/production budget
- a studio at Gasworks
- an artist's talk and Open Studio, or similar
public presentations, at Gasworks
- administrative, pastoral and curatorial support from Gasworks.

The support, networks and creative environments that Gasworks can offer
will provide the artist with the means to research and experiment with
new work.

This residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists.
The selected artist should be able to engage discursively and
speculatively with Gasworks' environments and London's wider artistic
and cultural context.

TrAIN (transnational art, identity and nation) is a Research Centre
based at Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London.
TrAIN has collaborated annually with Gasworks since 2007 with the aim of
developing a research-based residency programme extending between the
studio and the art school.

Artists’ Brief, 2011
The residency focuses on the archives and special collections held at
Chelsea College of Art & Design Library. We are inviting an
international artist to: either : use these collections as one point of
departure for the development of new work; or : to create and deposit
their own ‘resident archive’ for future researchers at Chelsea College
of Art & Design Library (for examples, a collection of ephemera, a
project to be realised in the future, a set of clues for future
researchers or curators...).

The route into the Special Collections is not prescribed; its size and
complexity allows for diverse and unpredictable responses. Exposing the
processes and ideas of modern and contemporary artists, it invites
contemporary re-readings, re-activations and replies. The artist is not
required to have particular expertise or experience in working with
archives. The residency is process-led and open-ended. It is focused on
the development of a project rather than a finished product. All
Gasworks residencies culminate in an Open Studio exhibition. The TrAIN
Residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists from any country
outside of the UK.

For more information on the Chelsea Collection, please click here.

Application procedure

We prefer digital applications in PDF, Word or Powerpoint formats. There
is a 10MB limit on each email sent to us but you can send your file via if necessary.
Your application should include:
1. A statement outlining how you imagine using Chelsea's collections
(300 word max)

2. An artist's statement describing your practice and areas of interest
in your work (250 word max)

3. A minimum of 10 images of recent work with captions and a short
description if necessary. Postal applications are also accepted but
please do not send originals.

4.A curriculum vitae

5. Any relevant documentation (e.g. articles or papers about the work or
exhibitions, publications, etc).

6. A cover sheet with name, contact address, e-mail, telephone and fax
numbers if available, plus confirmation that you will be available
between April-June 2011 if selected.

Applications should be emailed to:
Residencies Assistant, Gasworks

If you prefer to post your application, please send it to:

Residencies Coordinator
Gasworks International Residency Programme
155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH

We regret that we are not able to send material back.

Please read this before applying:

Selection and eligibility
The residency is open to contemporary visual artists working in all
disciplines, however one must note the restricted facilities. Emerging
and mid career artists involved in high quality art practice who have
not had the opportunity to work in London before are prioritised.
Applying artists should have a good level of spoken English, and should
feel comfortable engaging in artistic discussions in English.
Gasworks and TrAIN will create a shortlist, from which a panel of
representatives of both organisations will select the artist