THIRD MIND. Jiří Kovanda and the (Im)Possibility of Collaboration: wide accompanying program in English

The exhibition lays emphasis on the performative character of contemporary artistic production. The mezzanine recess in the Trade Fair Palace will therefore be transformed to a space of mutually permeating stage and auditorium, offering a program closely linked with Kovanda’s work, but it will also pay attention to more general issues related to collaboration in art. 

The whole English accompanying program of the exhibition THIRD MIND. Jiří Kovanda and the (Im)Possibility of Collaboration is with free entry.

WEDNESDAY, 5 October 2016 from 6 p.m., the recess
UNDOING THE THIRD MIND

The first discussion panel to the exhibition will introduce the following Czech and foreign guests: the Danish artist currently based in Berlin, Nina Beier; the Brazilian artist Fernanda Gomes; the Czech artist based in Berlin, Richard Nikl – and, naturally, Jiří Kovanda himself. These artists who have directly participated in the exhibition will be accompanied by the Slovak curator and artist, Boris Ondreička. Yet another guest who has not partook in the exhibition is the Czech curator Jan Zálešák. The panel will be moderated by the curator of the exhibition and the chief curator of the National Gallery in Prague, Adam Budak. The main subject of the discussion is methodology of collaboration and its practice in contemporary art.

THURSDAY, 13 October from 5 p.m., the recess
Lives of Performers
(90 mins, 1972, USA, Yvone Rainner, EN)

Screening of a 1972 film by the American choreographer and director, Yvone Rainner (1934, USA), which represents a groundbreaking fusion of performance and experimental film. Rainner has created numerous choreographies, the energy and minimalist concept of which laid the foundations to post-modern dance. Apart from its undoubted artistic qualities, the Lives of Performers has a storyline, too – a love story of a man unable to choose between two women.

WEDNESDAY, 2 November from 10 a.m., the recess
Intertextuality As a Collaboration – Agnieszka Polska

One day screening of Agnieszka Polska's films (10.00 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and a meeting with the artist (5.00 p.m.):
"The Forgetting of Proper Names", 2009
"Sensitization of Colour", 2009
"My Favorite Things", 2010
"Future Days", 2013

SATURDAY, 12 November 2016 from 5 p.m., the recess
Jiří Kovanda presents: Marat / Sade
(116 mins, 1962, GB, Peter Brook and Peter Schulze-Roth)

The 1962 mysterious drama Marat / Sade has become part of the exhibition program upon Jiří Kovanda’s recommendation.

WEDNESDAY, 1 December 2016 from 6 p.m., the recess
François Piron – lecture

François Piron (1972) is an art critic and an independent curator. He has been a founding member of several alternative institutions in Paris, including Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2000–2006) and the art space castillo/corrales (2007–2015). He runs the publishing house Paraguay, where he has edited books on the artists Joe Scanlan, Dora Garcia or Dimitrije Bacicevic Mangelos. He is the director of the post-graduate program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lyon, where he has been teaching history and theory of art since 2002. He is the curator of the 5th Biennial of contemporary art in Rennes, in September 2016.

WEDNESDAY, 8 December 2016 from 5 p.m., the recess
Conceptual Paradise and discussion with the author of the film, the artist Stefan Römer
(100 mins, 2006, DE, Stefan Römer)

Over the period of four years, the German artist Stefan Römer (1960) has taken and recorded a good dozen interviews held with international artists and theoreticians. These became the basis of his experimental documentary, Conceptual Paradise – one of the most essential works mapping out the transformations in art during the latter half of the 20th century. Stefan Römer works artistically de-conceptual with ideas and signification, employing various media and writing. His deep interest in medial politics manifests his groundedness in societal reality.

TUESDAY, 13 December 2016 from 6 p.m., the recess
Beatrice von Bismarck – lecture

Beatrice von Bismarck (1959) is a professor of art history and visual studies at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB), Leipzig, and programme director of the academy’s own gallery. She lives in Berlin and Leipzig. Modes of cultural production that combine theory and practice are central to Beatrice von Bismarck’s work approach. Among the fields of research with which she is currently preoccupied are the concept of artistic work, the aesthetic, social and political possibilities of curatorial work, implication of globalization on the cultural sphere and the functions of the postmodern image of an artist.

THURSDAY, 12 January 2016 from 5 p.m., the recess
Screening of the film Kwiekulik and discussion with the artist Zofia Kulik
(49 mins, 2011, PL, Joanna Turowicz and Anna Zakrzewska)

Zofia Kulik (1947) is a Polish artist pursuing objects, photography, and performance. During the 1970s and 1980s, she cooperated with Przemyslaw Kwiek in the project named Kwiekulik. The eponymous film by Joanna Turowicz and Anna Zakrzewska documents the preparatory works on the restropective monograph of the artistic duo. The main features of Kulik’s oeuvre are employing documentary methods in her art and the motifs she had previously used.

SATURDAY, 14 January 2017 from 6 p.m., the recess
Scoring session – Pierre Bal-Blanc a Kostas Tsioukas – lecture and performance

The main highlight of the exhibition’s closing will be the lecture and dance performance given under the guidance of the outstanding French curator, Pierre Bal-Blanc. Pierre is also one of the team of curators involved in realizing the documenta 14, to be launched in 2017. Pierre Bal-Blanc is an independent curator, former director of Contemporary Art Center (CAC) Brétigny, France, and organizer of the “Phalanstère Project” (since 2003), a series of site-specific proposals that aim at a critical rethinking of the logic behind accumulation of art works. “Soleil politique” in 2014 (Museion, Bolzano, Italy) examines the role of the museum in the urban environment by looking back at its history and mission from the perspective of artists in all disciplines: architects, filmmakers, performers, musicians, composers, etc.

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