March 21, 2004 - Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center - Next Documenta Should Be Curated by an Artist
March 21, 2004

Next Documenta Should Be Curated by an Artist

Next Documenta Should Be Curated by an Artist
Conference and book presentation: April 8-9 2004

Platform Garanti,Istanbul 
276 Istiklal Caddesi, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34340
Turkey
T: +90 212 29 32361
 F: +90 212 293 3071
platform@garanti.com.tr

www.platform.garanti.com.tr

Organized by e-flux, New York, in collaboration with Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul.

Image: The Conference Of The Birds, Persia, 9th century.

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist What would you do if you were asked to curate the next Documenta?

That was the question recently put to more than thirty internationally working artists, who were asked to reflect on their relationship to the profession of curating, and to assess the effects of the traditional division between artists and curators.

The result was The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist, an e-flux project curated by Jens Hoffmann, which endeavors to critically examine, from an artist’s point-of-view, some of the parameters of large-scale international, contemporary art exhibitions in the wake of the growing number of artist critiques of curatorial practice in recent years and the central position taken by curators in the organization of exhibitions. Responses of the artists, in the form of statements and written proposals, were posted on the e-flux website between July 2003 and January 2004-which are now available as a book of the same title, published by REVOLVER-Archiv fur aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt.

Extending the project, a two-day conference in Istanbul on April 8-9 hosted by Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center will enlarge on the discussion begun by the artists’s contributions and offer further insight into the debate surrounding current large-scale international group exhibitions, and the sometimes complex relationship between artists and curators. As its starting point, the conference will take the divergent, often conflicting, but always engaging contributions of the artists and pursue the discussion through a series of conversations between some of the project’s participants, invited guests and the audience.

The conversations will focus on the separation, diffusion, reversal and negotiation of roles within the organization of art exhibitions, and the concept of internationalism as it applies to large-scale international group exhibitions, such as Documenta.
Participants: Daniel Buren, Alex Farqhuarson, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Jens Hoffmann, Christoph Keller, Vasif Kortun, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serkan Ozkaya, Martha Rosler, Tino Sehgal, Anton Vidokle

CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

Thursday, 08.04.2004

18.00h INTRODUCTION
Anton Vidokle

18.30h ORGANIZER – AUTHOR – ARTIST – INTERPRETER
Daniel Buren, Alex Farquharson, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Tino Sehgal

20.00h OPEN FORUM

21.00h BOOK PRESENTATION
Friday, 09.04.2004

10.30h WHAT IS INTERNATIONALISM AFTER MODERNISM?
Jens Hoffmann, Vasif Kortun, Martha Rosler, Christoph Keller

12.30h BREAK

14.00h ARTIST – AUTHOR – INTERPRETER – ORGANIZER
Dorothea von Hantelmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serkan Ozkaya

15.00h OPEN FORUM
The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist is an e-flux project curated by Jens Hoffmann.
Admission to conference is free, all are invited. For reduced rate lodging information in Istanbul please contact programs.platform@garanti.com.tr
The conference is made possible by financial support from:
Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, Istanbul
British-Council, Istanbul
French Cultural Institute, Istanbul

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