Aykan Safoglu Dog Star Descending Still

Aykan Safoğlu, Dog Star Descending (still), 2020.

Our Many Europes (OME) is a four-year programme focusing on the 1990s: the decade contemporary Europe was born. Europe expanded and diversified when technology and post-Cold War politics turned the world into a 'global village'. Understanding who we are today – the challenges we face, the possibilities we have – begins post 1989, when a divided Europe ended and the plurality of the many Europes we inhabit today began. Art and culture are driving forces behind this as they show us who and how we are in the world. The art of the 1990s profoundly reflects a fundamental shift in society: through internet and open borders, Europeans got active and connected. To reflect this change, we need a different museum strategy, which understands audiences not as passive consumers, but as constituent members of a plural community in permanent becoming. Developing a new Constituent Museum strategy is therefore a major and long-term goal of OME. This is done from the premise that museums innovate by doing, and learn in practice. So by exploring the 90s, through a rich programme of conferences, exhibitions and experimental mediation, OME partners will develop a new, effective museum strategy tailored to the desires of Europeans today!

OME is organised by a consortium lead by the museum confederation L'Internationale. The confederation has successfully realised two EU-funded programmes and has now been active for seven years, dedicated to innovation in the museum field. OME partners and associate partners connect eleven countries – Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland, Poland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Italy and the United Kingdom. OME partners are primarily museums, collaborating with universities and smaller art organisations.
OME focuses on audience development and transnational mobility. OME will promote transnational mobility of cultural professionals, especially museum staff and artists, who will improve their professional skills and career opportunities through effective peer learning. The programme includes exchange of cultural heritage, of professional expertise and will also disseminate its best practices internationally via free e-pubs.

In the domain of audience development the programme foregrounds inclusivity, working for, but also with communities. Different types of audiences namely by habit, by choice and by surprise are placed at the heart of the Constituent Museum strategy. Classic modern and contemporary art museums are defined, with a typical 90s term, as constructivist. They use a 'broadcasting' model that understands (art) history as a static reservoir of material studied by experts and shown to a broad, yet passive audience. OME, however, implements an innovative strategy that takes the visitor as an active and constituent member of the cultural institution. OME partners collaborate with this constituent audiences by organising many workshops, encounters, guided tours which brings curators, educators and other museum and education professionals in a horizontal relationships with the audience. This is done with the principles of diversity, openness and mutual respect. Thus, OME provides the public with knowledge about our current immediate pre-history in the 90s, which will help us to find comprehensive, rapid, effective, and long-term responses to global challenges such as Europe's changing society, relations with foreign countries and territorial cohesion.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS)

The New Reaction. Antidotes and Synergies

seminar, workshop

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In the current social climate, the existence of political and cultural forces which appear to be handed down from fascism and historical extreme right movements are today a tangible reality. This activity aims to investigate the specific sources that mobilize their forces to understand where they arise, who they designate as their enemies and why, as well as to recognize the differences and similarities that they present in different political geographies and colonial histories. The program includes meetings and work sessions, and has the participation of various social and cultural agents from the new feminisms.

L'Internationale

Where are we going? Degrowth and arts ecosystem

conversation

The event is a prologue of the coming issue of L’Internationale Online, confronting the two seemingly incompatible terms Degrowth and Progress. A conversation between artist Monica Narula and curator Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez will follow the thread of these ambiguous notions inspecting institutional cultural landscape to reveal several issues raised in their practice addressing political movements such as distribution and wealth, struggles for the commons, feminisms, ecology and sustainability to propose radical changes in cultural production, social behaviour and urban environment at large. Through their artistic and curatorial practice, they will speak about the possibility of degrowing progression in time, mobility, productivity, consumption.

HDK-Valand, L'Internationale

The Practitioners Program

research

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L’Internationale Online and PARSE, the two research and publishing platforms placed at HDK-Valand (Gothenburg, Sweden) are launching The Practitioners Program. The Practitioners Program brings an individual artist or art collective to the research context of HDK-Valand through its associated platforms L’Internationale Online and PARSE. The aim of the program is to invite an artist to produce a body of work in relation to the current research frameworks and to follow their creative and research process. By bringing together L’Internationale Online and PARSE, we seek to trigger synergies between different strands of research, methods and vocabularies in publishing. We are thrilled to invite Aykan Safoğlu to pilot the program in the fall of 2020.

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA)

Monoculture: A Recent History

exhibition

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The exhibition MONOCULTURE – A Recent History begins from the principle that any understanding of ‘multiculture’, should necessitate an investigation of ‘monoculture’. The societal understanding of monoculture can be defined as the homogeneous expression of the culture of a single social or ethnic group. The project seeks to approach the notion of monoculture with an open mind. It will thus aim for an analysis of, rather than an antithesis to, monoculture, approaching it not only from historical, social, cultural and ideological perspectives, but also philosophical, linguistic and agricultural ones. MONOCULTURE will provide a tentative mapping, allowing for a comparative analysis of different manifestations of monoculture, as well as their reflections in art and propaganda, seeking to draw some conclusions that might be relevant for society and culture at large.

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Action: A provisional history of the nineties

exhibition

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While in Europe the 1980s represented a return to order, to the demand for a certain formality in art and to the conventional formats of painting and sculpture widely accepted by the market, the 1990s revived a large part of the Conceptual experiences of the preceding decades, notably the sixties and seventies. In this way, practices related to the human body were recovered, which we jointly call action art. In Spain, this history has a particular relevance, with multiple initiatives that had an immense impact on art from then onwards. This art of action was frequently expressed in the form of performances – which usually occurred in very restricted or unconventional contexts such as festivals or gatherings – and their more heterogeneous expression that has come to be called performativity.

Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS)

Glossary of Common Knowledge. Commons / Solidarity

symposium

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This edition of the GCK has as its referential field Commons/ Solidarity. In times of war, economic collapse, natural disasters or pandemics like the current one, calls are made for solidarity, which, however, should help us respond to the current state of emergency through the creation of alliances to face the times to come. People unite through solidarity in repressive or violent political contexts, economic conditions of exploitation, or to overcome grief after natural disasters. But calls for solidarity do not only appear as a reaction in times of exceptional difficulties. Solidarity is at the heart of our project as a society, as the labor movement, feminisms and decolonization processes have shown throughout the world. The symposium will start with an online lecture by Yayo Herrero, an anthropologist, social educator and agricultural technical engineer; and the referential field is drawn by the terms suggested by narrators Zdenka Badovinac, Miha Blažič (N’toko), Kike España, Maddalena Fragnito, Jennifer Hayashida, Gal Kirn, Javiera Manzi, Pablo Martínez, Theo Prodromidis, Natalia Sielewicz, Rasha Salti, Onur Yıldız, Joanna Zielińska and Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide.

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA), Van Abbemuseum

Considering Monoculture

conference

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This two-day interdisciplinary programme will consider current and historical manifestations of monoculture as well as its implications for art, culture and its institutions. The societal understanding of monoculture can be defined as the homogeneous expression of the culture of a single social or ethnic group. In recent years, the combination of anti-globalisation sentiment, conflict, terror, mass-migration and the perceived counter-hegemony of identity politics, has created the conditions for new forms of identitarianism to emerge. Across Europe and much of the globe, a drive for national monoculture, in which societies are understood through adhering to homogenous racial, cultural, ideological or religious parameters, has entered the mainstream. For the cultural field, often considered as having a secular, elitist and socially-liberal basis, it is no longer enough simply to denounce the creep towards monoculture as an abhorrent form of neo-fascism. At the same time, how could the recent turn towards indigenous practices within contemporary art discourse, as well as the framings of art via race, ethnicity or other distinctions of identity or marginality, whether implicit or explicit, be seen as contributing towards new forms of essentialism?

L'Internationale

Artists in Quarantine

exhibition

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In April 2020, during the lockdown for the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic, the museum confederation L’Internationale invited a broad range of artists to share from their present working and living spaces, from their current conditions of confinement, their readings, reflections and proposals on the current pandemic situation. Their contributions suggest new perspectives on public/private space, solidarity and critique that are intrinsically connected with the present time. The artists' contributions are shared from April 21st until May the 7th on L'Internationale social media channels, @internationaleonline, and via the websites and social media channels of members of the confederation. Here you can find all the contributions together.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS)

Research Residencies “Our Many Europes”

research

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These three Research Residencies, selected through an open call, seek to foster research and participation in a process of reflexion by making available Museo Reina Sofía bibliographical and documentary resources, linked to other research hubs such as L’Internationale museum confederation and OME project partners, and in research communities organised around the Study Centre of Museo Reina Sofía. The three main research lines proposed for this Call are the critical activation of archives linked to artistic and activist practices carried out in the 1990s; the exploration of performance practices in the 1990s, and processes of contemporary archiving, transmission and activation; the research of artistic production related to critical culture at the heart of the 1990s taking as its framework dimensions such as the AIDS crisis, processes of transition and historial memory, post-’89 activist practices and globalisations, and others

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

PIGS Self-Management. Meeting of self-managed queer collectives

meeting

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This second PIGS Self-management encounter has the aim of continuing to share strategies, methodologies and research topics among individuals and collectives from southern Europe working on the frontiers of cultural production and the activism of sexual dissidence. For this edition we have proposed four pivotal themes based on the relationship of the body with food, technology, performativity and desire. These themes, interwoven with the politics of sexual dissidence, will be approached and explored through the workshops proposed by different individuals and collectives from the PIGS.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS)

Emerging Knowledge. After the Event

workshop

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After the Event focuses on the progression of the social uprisings that occurred between 2010 and 2013. From Turkey to Spain, Greece, Syria and Egypt, the locations of this unrest, the movements shook existing political systems and, at times, even brought them to their knees. Yet, ultimately, they were not powerful enough to subvert the political system in its entirety, and today many of these movements appear to be enduring a crisis or regression and cannot trust political and organisational forms, or now-familiar languages and ways of doing. By way of presentations and a workshop led by Begüm Özden Fırat and Zeyno Pekünlü, this encounter seeks to discuss this historical experience by working on the multiple forms with which an event survives, and its present and possible futures.

Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie

Internationalism after the End of Globalisation

conference, workshops

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Following the famous 11th thesis on Feuerbach, the aim of the summit is not only to reflect upon the failures of globalisation, but to revisit internationalism as an unfinished project. The summit starts off with a conference (October 25) during which a dozen speakers, academics, artists and activists from all over Europe, will share their theoretical and practical insights to prompt public discussion and prepare the ground for later sessions: the second day of the summit (October 26) is self-organized, aimed at collective strategizing on an international scale. The programme of plenary sessions and workshops will be created in situ by the gathered delegates, who will present proposals for future actions and discuss their implementation in working groups. Participants: Marco Baravalle, Joanna Bednarek, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Angela Dimitrakaki, Charles Esche, Zuzanna Hertzberg, Keep It Complex, Tomislav Medak, Keir Milburn, Zeyno Pekunlu, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Theodoros Prodromidis, Anti-Fascist Year, Yaiza Hernandez Velazquez, Sabina Sabolović (WHW). Facilitation of the self-organized sessions: Marsha Bradfield.

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Deuniversalising the World.

seminar

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This seminar aims to set up thought-provoking spaces in which we can explore the present day, at a time when decolonial, antiracist and anticolonial discourses and critiques have burst into activist spaces and permeated critical thought to distort the means and meanings imposed by the West and its institutions.It would be foolish to think that we can shake these cultural foundations from within white, colonial, plundering institutions such as museums built on this very bedrock. This seminar does not aim to revert, but rather resist and repair, by opening up cracks in these white epistemologies that promote agendas and persist in setting knowledge in stone. The idea is to share practices that puncture the modern, colonialist logics of the capitalist, racist heteropatriarchy.

SALT

SALT Cinema, Ankara: End of the 90s

film programme

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The post-Cold War era’s political, economic, and technological developments were manifested in the urban space endorsed by fashionable labels such as “city branding” and “global cities.” Presented at the Çankaya Municipality Nazım Hikmet Culture and Art Center of Ankara, SALT Cinema surveyed the non-uniform impacts of the 1990s on diverse geographies through various European cities, exploring Europe’s legacy of this decade with a compilation of urban stories spanning from Serbia to the UK, from Italy to Transnistria.

Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie

Never Again. Art against War and Fascism in the 20th and 21st Centuries

exhibition

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This exhibition was organised on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II and rests on three precisely determined focal points: Guernica and the 1930s, the “Arsenal” exhibition and the 1950s, contemporary art and (post-)fascism, presenting the singular and distinctive tradition of anti-fascist art. The show embraces today’s approaches to fascism, which ceases to be treated exclusively as a historical ideological formation responsible for genocide, and is evoked in the context of the modern-day racist, and the misogynistic and violent narratives that prepare the ground for the catastrophes of the first half of the 20th century to happen again. A series of public programmes and a conference on October 24th are organised in parallel to the exhibition view.

Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM)

Summer School: The Big Shift: the 1990s. Avant-gardes in Eastern Europe and Their Legacy

research

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The second edition of this courses continues to draw on the topics related to the legacy of Eastern European avant-gardes. A particular emphasis will be placed on the major changes caused by the collapse of socialism, the end of the Cold War and the restoration of capitalism in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. The discussions will focus on the paradigm of an avant-garde artist and art that was thoroughly shaken and altered in the 1990s. A public program of lectures runs in parallel to this summer school. Speakers include: Zdenka Badovinac, Inke Arns, Sezgin Boynik, Boris Buden, Branislav Dimitrijević, Keti Chukhrov, Eda Čufer, Charles Esche, Marko Jenko, Viktor Misiano, Marko Peljhan, Bojana Piškur, Walid Raad, Igor Španjol, Anton Vidokle, Martina Vovk, Arseny Zhilyaev.

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

“We're still alive”. Mayan people, permanent colonisation and life horizons.

course

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Colonisation is not an old story that ended when Latin-American countries gained independence from Spain. On the contrary, the inherited economic, social and epistemic conditions have cemented the new societies as structures with deep racial and sexual hierarchies, in which the indigenous peoples have been relegated to the condition of disposable subjects. And yet, these Indigenous Peoples, although weakened by colonial history and its constant violence, are still alive and capable of self-regulating their existence despite the State. What has kept them alive? We will try to answer this question during this three-session course with Aura Cumes, a Kaqchiquel Mayan thinker, writer, teacher and activist from Guatemala

Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM)

Glossary of Common Knowledge. Geopolitics II

symposium

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The Geopolitics referential field is repeating from the previous edition because we feel such wide referential fields can never be fully exhausted. The first edition of the Geopolitics referential field took place in 2015.

A new group of international narrators will address their current research or artistic projects and propose terms signified by specific local environments to go beyond the dominant epistemological models in contemporary art. They will produce a multitude of voices that will explore alternative ways of making global alliances, either by drawing from historical case studies or addressing urgent sociopolitical issues.

HDK-Valand

Who Writes the Future?

symposium

Who writes the future? forms the re-launch of the online platform L'Internationale Online with an inquiry into a new reading of the 90s, performed in a series of textual and multimedia commissions, research and encounters. It is an evening featuring presentations and discussions focussing on history writing and decolonizing and intersectional practices. Participants: Nkule Mabaso, Curator, Editor and Artist, Pablo Martinez, Curator (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) Aleksander Motturi, Writer and cultural producer, The White Pube (Gabrielle de la Puente + Zarina Muhammad), Art critics

SALT

Turkey-Russia: Two Periods of Rapprochement

conference

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This international conference analysed the relationship between Turkey and Russia in two key periods of the 20th century: the 1920s–1930s and the 1990s, focusing on the artistic and cultural sectors as a place for intercultural exchange and reflecting on this history of mobility between artists and cultural workers from both countries. Speakers include: Ali Akay, Faruk Alpkaya, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Cem Bölüktaş, Duygu Demir, Merve Elveren , Vasıf Kortun, Christina Lodder, Beral Madra, Agata Pyzik, Mühdan Sağlam, Zeynep Yasa Yaman, Onur Yıldız, Hatice Deniz Yükseker

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS)

Wide Audiences and the Visual Arts from 1950 to the Present: Agencies, Politics and Discourses

symposium

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This international conference examines the media, narratives and practices which have sought to make contemporary visual arts accessible to wide audiences from 1950 to the present.

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

AIDS Anarchive

exhibition, research

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This exhibition and series of public programmes organised in Barcelona tackled HIV/AIDS, not only as a medical epidemic, but also as a change in the visual, affective and economic paradigm, in parallel with the consolidation of neoliberal policies and the globalisation process during the 1990s. The project was initiated by the curators Equipo re (Aimar Arriola, Nancy Garín, Linda Valdés) and continued by students from the PEI (Programa d’Estudis Independents, MACBA), focusing on cultural activism in the 1990s in Barcelona, revisiting the physical, cultural and social heritage of archives and artworks and reflecting on neighbourhood collectives and associations who had been organising care on civil and health rights in Barcelona.

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

21 Personae- Encounters

workshop

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The staging of 21 Personae in Barcelona extends the curatorial pulse of the exhibition In the Open or in Stealth by activating modes of sensing – shifting grounds, dispositional sediments and the potent scenarios of life out into the city. A group of curatorial practitioners associated with MACBA's educational programme have crafted a specific Barcelona, to be expressed on the streets, in the squares, in public spaces and among public secrets.21 Personae includes the same number of encounters with people, places and collectives in Barcelona. Together, they will attempt to transform the meaning and intensity of our experience of the city. It is also an investigation into 'ways of meeting', ways of being and interacting in the city.

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

In the Open or in Stealth. The Unruly Presence of an Intimate Future

exhibition

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This exhibition, curated by Raqs Media Collective, will be a multi-layered site of discovery that explores the concept of a future in which multiple histories and geographies are placed in dialogue, giving way to a plurality of possibilities and queries by following paths that interlace, entwine and expose relations between objects, feelings and concepts, while simultaneously tracing indeterminate spaces between them.

Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM)

SUMMER SCHOOL -Constructing Utopia / Eastern European Avant-Gardes and Their Legacy

research

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The focus of the courses will be on artists, art collectives and the social and political contexts of the post-war avant-gardes, as well as their meaning for both contemporary art and for institutional work. Crucially central to the summer school topic is the Arteast 2000+ Collection, consisting as it does of works by such artists as Marina Abramović, Ilya Kabakov, Komar & Melamid, together with other artists from Eastern Europe. In the more than 18 years since the inception of the collection, Moderna galerija has staged some very noteworthy exhibitions in the frame of a series entitled Arteast 2000+ Exhibitions. Speakers will include Zdenka Badovinac, Boris Buden, Keti Chukhrov, Eda Čufer, Branislav Dimitrijević, Mladen Dolar, Vít Havránek, Marko Jenko, Lev Kreft, Bojana Piškur, Igor Španjol and Arseny Zhilyaev.