January 3, 2008 - PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea - unitednationsplaza Mexico DF
January 3, 2008

unitednationsplaza Mexico DF

unitednationsplaza Mexico DF is an exhibition in the form of a temporary school. For this project, artist Anton Vidokle is organizing a month long program of seminars and workshops that use the Casa Refugio as a site to shape a critically engaged public through art discourse. unitednationsplaza is presented by PAC (Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo A.C.) as part of its new curatorial residency program, and will run from March 1st through March 31, 2008. Application deadline: February 1st, 2008

unitednationsplaza is thematically organized around a central topic: possibilities for artistic agency today. The program will comprise of a series of short seminars and workshops developed by a group of artists, writers, curators and theorists including Anselm Franke, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Nikolaus Hirsch, Chus Martinez, Martha Rosler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jalal Toufic, Jan Verwoert and Tirdad Zolghadr. All topics will be addressed from the perspective of ongoing research and production, and as such will constitute the core structure of the school. The program will also feature discussions, screenings, performances and publications by a group of contributors including Eduardo Abaroa, Julieta Aranda, Fia Backstrom, Regine Basha, Minerva Cuevas, Nico Dockx, Adriana Lara, Damian Ortega, Hila Peleg and Eduardo Sarabia. unitednationsplaza will operate a web-based radio station: WUNP, a project by Neurotransmitter (Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere).

In the tradition of free universities, unitednationsplaza’s public events are free and open to all those interested to take part. A core group of 20 participants will be selected by application, to participate in additional private workshops and discussions. unitednationsplaza is now accepting applications from cultural producers including visual artists, architects, writers, filmmakers, journalists, curators, composers, performers, and others who can commit to participating in the full program throughout the month of March. Accepted participants will be expected to attend all the seminars and be present in Mexico City for the one month duration of the project. While we are open to all applicants, please note that due to limited funds we are not in a position to provide financial support. Please scroll down for the application form.
Application deadline: February 1st, 2008.

unitednationsplaza Mexico DF is the third in a series of art projects organized around a temporary school format, started by Anton Vidokle. Vidokle initiated his research into education as site for artistic practice for Manifesta 6, which was cancelled. In response to the cancellation, Vidokle set up an independent project in Berlin called Unitednationsplaza–a twelve-month exhibition as school involving more than a hundred artists, writers, philosophers, and diverse audiences. Located behind a supermarket in East Berlin, UNP’s program featured numerous seminars, lectures, screenings, book presentations and projects including the Martha Rosler Library. Starting January 2008, Vidokle will present a related year-long program, called Night School, at the New Museum in New York City.

The Patronage for Contemporary Art A.C. (PAC) is a unique non-profit civic association formed by a group of individuals committed to promoting the development of contemporary art. PAC was founded in June 2000 as an initiative to bring contemporary art closer to an audience by way of collaboration with museums, galleries, curators, publishers, critics and researches in the field of contemporary art. Its board of directors concentrates the voluntary efforts of an independent group of cultural professionals. PAC’s program is supported and developed thanks to the yearly contributions of individual and corporate donors.

Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl is a civic association based in Mexico City whose mission is to provide shelter and protection to prosecuted writers from any country. In addition, Casa Refugio also has an intense public cultural program which includes publication of the quarterly magazine “Líneas de Fuga”, as well as the organization of conference cycles (known as “Literary Thursdays”); special events such as book launches and poetry readings, and literary workshops amongst other activities.


unitednationsplaza Mexico DF


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please provide information below in English

1. Please provide a brief biography of yourself. 200 words maximum.

2. Please explain your interest in participating in unitednationsplaza Mexico DF. 400 words maximum.

3. You may send additional information that you feel is relevant to representing yourself for the
purposes of this application. Two pages maximum. Do not send resumés or letters of recommendation.

Submit complete applications to magdalena [​at​] unitednationsplaza.org no later than FEBRUARY 1, 2008

Selected applicants will be notified by email no later than FEBRUARY 15, 2008.
No calls please. Applications exceeding maximum text and page limits stated above will not be

Please note, all programs are subject to change.


For further information please contact:

Viviana Kuri Haddad
Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, a.c.
Palmas 820 piso 3, Lomas de Chapultepec 11000
Mexico DF
t. (5255)55 40 8395 / 5284 0360 ext. 395


Citlaltépetl 25,
Col. Hipódromo Condesa 06170
Del. Cuauhtémoc, México D.F.


unitednationsplaza Mexico DF is made possible with generous support from IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.), Goethe Institute Mexico, US Embassy, and other sponsors.

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