Past Public Program

Case in Point: Curating Ephemeral Experiences

Case in Point

May 3, 2016, 7:00pm


Tel Aviv
27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd, Tel Aviv

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Artis and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art are pleased to present a panel discussion about curating performance with three distinguished international curators: Dean Daderko, Luigi Fassi, and Jesi Khadivi.

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Despite the massive changes that the field of contemporary art has undergone in the past several decades, that saw the dematerialization of the art object and onset of experiential events, most art institutions continue to be oriented around static, object-based exhibition formats. This iteration of the ongoing Case in Point series invites thinking around new modes of presenting performance, socially-engaged art, and ephemera. Speakers will present projects curated around new modes of body-centered work, experimental performative structures, and the possibilities for performance without live bodies. They will address questions such as: How do audiences respond to ephemeral experiences? How can institutions embrace the challenges and opportunities that technology, new media, and the Internet offer for event-based artmaking? What curatorial models offer the most flexibility to artists?

Dean Daderko will discuss several projects with temporal aspects that he has organized at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. These include MPA’s project THE INTERVIEW: Red, Red Future, which includes a phone visitors can use to make a call and be interviewed about their ideas on Mars and human colonization; Double Life, which hosted live and interactive performance experiences by Jérôme Bel, Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang and explored the possibilities for performance without live bodies; and Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane, which included live performances, performance-inflected artworks, and two immersive moving-image installations.

Luigi Fassi will present the steirischer herbst festival, which takes place annually in Graz, Austria. Fassi will focus on a few recent and upcoming public art projects that respond to the current migration crisis in Austria and its proximity to the border with Slovenia. Some of the artists whose works he’ll discuss are Mikala Dwyer, Kiluanj Kia Henda, and Tobias Putrih.

Jesi Khadivi will address the role intimacy plays in event-based formats. She will discuss the project space Golden Parachutes, which operated in Berlin from 2009-2011 and how her experience curating this space influenced the programming of what was informally referred to as “next door,” a flexible space for both public programming and semi-private events operating adjacent to the Wattis Institute in San Francisco. Through this, Khadivi will touch upon collaborations with David Horvitz, Kristina Lee Podesva, Dominic Willsdon, and others.

This event will be held in English and will be moderated by Artis Curatorial Associate and CCA Curator Chen Tamir. Opening remarks by Ruti Direktor, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tel Aviv Museum.

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Dean Daderko is the Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH). His recent exhibitions include The Interview: Red, Red Future, a solo exhibition with the artist MPA that addressed the impending human colonization of Mars; Double Life with artists Jérôme Bel, Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang that considered possibilities for performance without live bodies; Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane, which brought together multimedia works by two pioneering female performers based in New York and Paris, respectively; and LaToya Ruby Frazier: WITNESS, which documented, in the artist’s own words, of “the rise of globalization and the decline in manufacturing as told through the bodies of three generations of African-American women.” Daderko has commissioned work for CAMH by Fayçal Baghriche, Jérôme Bel, Claire Fontaine, MPA, and Wu Tsang, among others. He has written critical appraisals for Art 21, Art in America, and his essays have been included in publications by The Americas’ Society, Pérez Art Museum Miami, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. He has guest curated exhibitions for Art in General, Artists’ Space, The Kitchen, and Visual AIDS in New York; Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Contemporary Arts Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. He led sessions of the graduate seminar “Queer Strategies” at Yale University’s School of the Arts, and has also taught and lectured at Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas, Cooper Union, M.I.T., and the University of Houston. Daderko was the recipient of a 2008-09 Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Étant donnés: French American Cultural Exchange. He is currently at work on Atlas, Plural, Monumental, the first survey exhibition in the Americas of work by the artist Paul Ramírez Jonas, and A Traveling Show, which considers the long-standing relationship between artists Matt Keegan and Kay Rosen.

Luigi Fassi is the Visual Art Curator at the steirischer herbst festival, Graz, Austria. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Director of ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum in Bolzano, Italy, where he organised several group and solo exhibitions including Runo Lagomarsino, Chto Delat?, William E. Jones, Eva Kotatkova, Alejandro Cesarco. A Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2008-09), he has organized exhibitions for venues including Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden, GAM Torino, Italy; Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy; Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland; Pori Art Museum, Finland; ISCP, New York City; Prague Biennale, Czech Republic. Fassi has written for publications such as Artforum, Mousse, Flash Art, Domus, Art Asia Pacific, Site and is a co-author of Tobias Putrih (Slovenia, 2015), Clement Greenberg. L’avventura del modernismo (Italy, 2011), and Time Out of Joint: Recall and Evocation in Recent Art (Yale University Press,2009). Since 2010, he organizes Present Future at Artissima, Turin, Italy, and in 2016 he will curate the XVI Quadriennale d’Arte in Rome, Italy. He holds an MA in Philosophy and studied at the University of Turin (Italy), Cologne (Germany), and Zurich (Switzerland).

Jesi Khadivi is an independent curator, writer, and editor based in Berlin. She is the editor of the annual bi-lingual journal Sur (Guayaba Press, Mexico City). Sur is premised on aesthetics of encounter, specifically between the writing, art, and ideas expressed in Mexican culture in relation to discourses, philosophies, and art generated elsewhere. She is currently developing the multi-platform research project Bād’e Saba. The project examines the metaphoric use of wind and sand in Iranian art poetry, film, and propaganda as a corollary for thinking through the rich and enduring Arab, African, and Indian presence in Iran, particularly in the Khuzestan region, and how wind is used to both develop and undermine transnationalism in the Middle East. Khadivi’s writing has appeared in publications such as Fillip, Flash Art, Kaleidoscope, Ibraaz, Esse, and The Brooklyn Rail, among many other venues. In 2013, she co-curated Etel Adnan: Words and Places at the Wattis Institute. The exhibition was Adnan’s first institutional solo exhibition in North America. She translates from the German under the collective pseudonym Textual Bikini.