- House Rules?
- Sunday May 28th, 1:30 – 5PM
- Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
- Co-organised with As Long As It Takes!
- (Bijlmerpark Theater, HipHopHuis and University of Colour)
House Rules? is an afternoon of talks, music and dance as part of the Van Abbemuseum’s Becoming More caucus. The programme is the first public event of the acquisition research committee: As Long As It Takes! who study the question of cultural value and the idea of the ‘asset’, in collaboration with Frontier Imaginaries. The answers cannot just be in words, there must be movement, and there will be dance.
What different ways are there to organize the rules of cultural participation? What does it mean to offer proper respect within a space of the arts? And what possibilities are there for change in the house rules of the Museum as a historically colonial space?
A public dialogue will be moderated by legendary artist and activist Richard Bell, thinking through three case studies: 1) Samoan artist Yuki Kihara’s dance collaboration in response to the German ethnographic gaze; 2) a community collaboration around the Kabra mask in the Amsterdam museum collection, and;
3) Cypher etiquette: cracking the codes of hiphop dance
The afternoon begins and ends with performance; starting with West-African and Afro-Caribbean style dance-group Untold, breaking with a HipHop intermission, and ending with a DJ session, reception, and freestyle dance.
AS LONG AS IT TAKES
As Long As It Takes—including members from the Bijlmer Parktheater, HipHopHuis, and University of Colour—was formed when art and research project Frontier Imaginaries turned around their Caucus invitation, proposing to the Van Abbemuseum a process of ‘Thinking Through Doing’ focused upon one museum acquisition.
Report Back BBQ
Sunday August 27th, 2 – 4:30PM
15/17 Welsby St, Goompie/Dunwich
Co-organised with the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum.
Report Back BBQ is an afternoon of talks and story-telling on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island, sharing experiences of some major events overseas in 2017 and continuing research upon the question of cultural value and the idea of the ‘asset’. In particular, the programme asks what these categories mean in the context of the Island’s ‘economic transition strategy’—in the move from a mining to a tourism-based economy by 2019.
The programme will open with two artist talks: Richard Bell will share stories from the extraordinary and spirited programme House Rules?, while Gordon Hookey will share his experiences of presenting his Frontier Imaginaries’ commission MURRILAND! upon the renowned art platform documenta 14.
Brazilian and Vancouver-based critic Denise Ferreira da Silva will lead the second part of the programme with a short paper that examines the notions of transition and transformation via a closer look at the idea of “possession”. “What possessed them?” the paper asks, looking back across the modern text. Local Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo Collins will give a response, followed by a conversation, and, of course – a BBQ and some drinks.
With thanks to Milani Gallery.
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October 18th, 6-8pm
at Columbia University
612 Schermerhorn Hall
New York, NY 10027
NIGHT TIME GO W/ INAATE/SE
October 19th, 7:30-9:30pm
at UNION DOCS
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
- TOXIC LANGUAGES
- October 20TH, 6:30–9:30pm, open from 5:30pm
- October 21ST, 1–9pm, open from 12pm
- October 22TH, 3–5:30pm, open from 2pm
311 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
TOXIC ASSETS is a public seminar featuring dance, poetry, art installation, screenings, and talks that responds to the question: What would it take to detox New York City? The project marks the arrival of art and research initiative Frontier Imaginaries to New York City from October 18–22, as a guest of e-flux lectures and Columbia University’s Ruth S. Biermann Memorial Meetings.
The ragged infrastructures and gleaming salad bars of New York City stand as the historic epicenter of the late liberal fold—a hit that, like any bad drug, goes by a handful of names. “Structural adjustment” suggested an improving spin to the debt-disciplined global south; in Australia, it was “the recession we had to have” while European metropoles have come to know its caustic reflux as “austerity.”
What kind of topology can grasp the belatedness and trans-local intimacy of the global condition? What concepts might emerge as useful where existing political tropes continue to perpetuate harm? And how are arts and the aesthetic caught within the crosshairs of the liberal dilemma, whereby the difficulty with having a critique of liberalism is that the fascists have one too?
TOXIC ASSETS: Frontier Imaginaries Ed.No3 is supported by Columbia University in particular the Ruth S. Biermann Memorial Meetings, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Center for Palestine Studies, the Centre for Ethnomusicology and the Department of Anthropology; by e-flux; and by UnionDocs through their workshops program. The program is made possible through funding support from the Australia Council for the Arts and from the Mondriaan Fund.