Cycle Estates–General

June 22, 2009

June 25th – July 18th 2009


Cycle Estates–General

25TH JUNE, 10 PM

R. dos Navegantes 46A
1200-732 Lisboa (Estrela/Lapa)

‘Estates-General’ is pleased to present EXHIBITION AS SCHOOL, an exhibition of recent works by Anton Vidokle. The exhibition will open on Thursday, June 25th and will stay on view through July 18th, 2009.

Together with a large group of collaborators that includes Julieta Aranda, Boris Groys, Liam Gillick, Martha Rosler, Walid Raad, Nikolaus Hirsch, Brian Kuan Wood, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hila Peleg, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Jan Verwoert, among others; Vidokle has experimented with a number of economic and cultural models ranging from a library to a video rental shop, from a school to an art journal to a cafeteria.

In projects such as Unitednationsplaza, Martha Rosler Library, e-flux video rental, Pawnshop, Night School, e-flux journal and New York Conversations, Vidokle has constructed temporary yet fully functional situations capable of existing both within and without institutions of Art. Together, these projects constitute a body of work that re-imagines the poetic and organizational potentialities of concrete social forms. By converting an exhibition into a school, a panel discussion at an art fair into a courtroom or an artist’s private library into a public reading room, Vidokle has continuously attempted to question the parameters and conditions around the discourse, production, and circulation of art, while recognizing this act of questioning as itself a distinct art practice.

For his exhibition at ‘Estates-General’ Vidokle will present several new works in the form of an archive: a scale model of the building which housed Unitednationsplaza in Berlin—a free year-long school initiated by the artist in 2006 following the cancellation of Manifesta 6 on Cyprus; a video database comprising nearly 100 lectures, talks and seminars organized by Vidokle throughout the past 3 years in Berlin, Mexico City and New York; New York Conversations, a new feature film shot at e-flux’s Lower East Side storefront during a three day public editorial session for issue #18 of A Prior magazine in Summer 2008 in which the storefront was transformed into a temporary free restaurant; a print version of e-flux journal; and various publications from his diverse projects.

A lecture by Berlin-based critic Jan Verwoert on artistic authority will take place as part of the exhibition on June 27th at 9:30 PM.

Anton Vidokle was born in Moscow and is based in New York and Berlin.


June 27th, 21.30PM Saturday
Lecture by Jan Verwoert

Arte Contempo

The Berlin based art critic will address the question of artistic authority vis-a-vis the audience.
(This lecture is part of the Exhibition as School show)

June 30th, 21.30PM Tuesday
Conversation with Anton Vidokle

Arte Contempo

R. dos Navegantes 46A
1200-732 Lisboa (Estrela/Lapa)

Thurday to Saturday 2.30 – 7.30 pm

How to get there
Bus 713, 727
Eléctrico / Tram 25, 28


estates–general is a project by

Ana Baliza, Ana Manso, André Romão, Gonçalo Sena, Joana Escoval,
Margarida Mendes, Mariana Silva, Nuno da Luz, Pedro Neves Marques.

Estates-General is a cycle of four exhibitions and events organized by an informal group of young Portuguese artists in partnership with Arte
Contempo association. The cycle runs at the association’s exhibition space and other venues around Lisbon between the 4th of April and the 18th of July of 2009. The cycle is part of the association’s annual programme, being Arte Contempo a structure supported by the Ministry of Culture – DGArtes.

In partnership with Associação Arte Contempo, Sport Lisboa e Lapa supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Cycle Estates–General
June 22, 2009

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