December 1, 2012–January 27, 2013 at TEMP, 57 Walker Street, NYC — Independent Curators International (ICI) announces a new exhibition introducing the activities of four innovative art spaces from around the world for the first time in New York.
Transferring local dialogues into an international context, Matadero Madrid; Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius; Videotage, Hong Kong; and Raw Material Company (RMC), Dakar will each stage a selection of projects and archives that introduce artists’ practices and curatorial exchanges from their regions. The exhibition is an extension of ICI’s Curatorial Hub, giving New York audiences access for the first time to some of the newest collaborators in ICI’s international network of curators and institutions.
Projects on view will include:
• Matadero Madrid’s Archimobile, a traveling archive of over 100 artists connected to Madrid, which ICI Curatorial Intensive alumna, Andrea Hill will activate by conceiving the New York presentation and commissioning a new work;
• A presentation from CAC of works, videos, and photographs recently exhibited in Vilnius, selected by curator and former ICI Curatorial Fellow Virginija Januskeviciute;
• Videotage’s Hong Kong interventions to the ICI/Creative Time project Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), alongside a compilation of works from the Videotage Media Art Collection, curated by independent curator/producer Helen Homan Wu;
• A representation of Raw Material Company’s resource center for Africa-related art practices, selected by RMC’s founder and artistic director Koyo Kouoh, who will also come to New York in January for ICI’s Curator’s Perspective talk series in conjunction with the exhibition.
In addition, a series of public events will be organized during the exhibition and in collaboration with each of the four participating art spaces to further examine their practices. For more information, visit ICI’s website, www.curatorsintl.org.
ICI’s CURATORIAL HUB AT TEMP: 57 Walker Street, NY Thursday–Saturday: 12–7 pm, Sunday: 2–6 pm
ICI Curatorial Hub at TEMP is made possible in part by grants from the Auchincloss Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, and Spain Culture New York, and by contributions from the supporters of the ICI Access Fund, and ICI’s Board of Trustees.
Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and curatorial training for diverse audiences around the world. Since 1975 ICI has connected emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaboration.
Throughout its 37-year history ICI has developed exhibitions that travel around the world and across social, political, and cultural borders. Recently, ICI has created a series of “exhibitions-in-progress” that are conceived to generate new collaborations with every incarnation and expand with new content at every venue, adapting to their changing contexts. Ranging from an international single-channel video program (Project 35), to a survey of the social practice stored on a hard drive (Living as Form: The Nomadic Version), as well as an archive of one of the most infamous exhibitions in contemporary history shipped in a Fed-Ex box (Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5), the traveling content is reconfigured, localized, and expanded every time.
Presentation of Archimobile at ARCOmadrid 2010.
Since 2010, 13 ICI exhibitions have been presented by 83 venues in 27 countries profiling the work of over 613 artists worldwide; 134 curators and artists from the U.S. and abroad have contributed to ICI’s talks programs, online journal, and conferences; and 165 curators from 39 countries and 19 U.S. states have participated in the Curatorial Intensives. In 2011 ICI established the Curatorial Hub, the first physical resource for international and local curators to use when they are in New York. Intended to better facilitate the informal exchange of ideas and experiences between professionals, the Curatorial Hub provides a flexible project space for talks, screenings, and training programs and also houses ICI’s Curatorial Library. -- www.curatorsintl.org
TEMP is a project space in the historic TriBeCa neighborhood of New York. Its mission is to promote emerging artists and curators through exhibitions, performances, and collaborations. Encouraging creative discourse, the space is a place for experimentation, ingenuity, and talent in the arts. In September 2012, TEMP opened its inaugural exhibition Working On It, a group show that explores the creative zeitgeist of young adults in the early 2010s. -- www.tempartspace.com
ABOUT MATADERO MADRID
Matadero Madrid is a living, changing space catering to creative processes, participatory artistic training and dialogue between the arts, focusing on the visual and performing arts, design, music, dance, architecture, urbanism, landscapism, fashion, literature, thought and cinema. The organization uses its activities to promote an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to all forms of creation, with emphasis on research, production, training and dissemination. Matadero Madrid is a unique laboratory to experiment with and construct new formulas cutting across disciplines. -- www.mataderomadrid.org
ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE, VILNIUS (CAC)
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (CAC) is the largest venue for contemporary art in the Baltic States. The CAC develops a broad range of international and Lithuanian exhibition projects, as well as a wide range of public programs including lectures, seminars, performances, film and video screenings, live new music events, and debates, seminars, and teaching workshops in the CAC Reading Room. Known internationally as the home of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, one of the major contemporary festival exhibitions in Northern Europe, the CAC organizes approximately five large-scale exhibitions a year, and up to 15 smaller projects. Since 2005, the CAC has produced the magazine CAC INTERVIU, a bilingual (Lithuanian & English) interview based publication that focuses on the Baltic region while providing a view on topical events that impact art produced everywhere. -- www.cac.lt/en
Videotage is a leading non-profit organization in Hong Kong focusing on the presentation, promotion, production and preservation of video and media art. Since 1986, Videotage has developed from an umbrella for media artists to a network of media art and cross-disciplinary cultural production, and a platform to facilitate international exchange. Videotage organizes exhibitions, workshops, performances, artist-in-residencies and other exchange programs. Since 2008, VMAC (Videotage Media Art Collection) has collected, preserved and built an extensive archive of video and media art from Hong Kong, spanning more than 20 years. The Best of Videotage, an eight- volume publication series captures in print over 100 artists’ work from the collection. -- www.videotage.org.hk
ABOUT RAW MATERIAL COMPANY
Raw Material Company (RMC) is a center for art, knowledge and society established in Dakar, Senegal in 2008. It is an art initiative involved with exhibition-making, commissioning, knowledge sharing, and the archiving of theory and criticism, and which fosters appreciation and growth of African artistic and intellectual creativity. RMC’s trans- disciplinary program is informed by urbanity, architecture, literature, film, fashion, cuisine, politics, and diaspora. The core of RMC is the resource centre, RAWBASE, a discursive program of artist talks, portfolio review sessions, master-classes, symposia, lectures, panel and round-table discussions as well as research presentations. RAWBASE is directed to a national and international audience, and aims at establishing an extensive educational and research library/archive on contemporary art with an emphasis on African and Africa- related practices. -- www.rawmc.org