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Subversive Practices. Art under Conditions of Political Repression

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Press release
Subversive Practices
Art under Conditions of Political Repression
60s–80s / South America / Europe


May 30 – August 2, 2009

Artists
Carlos Altamirano, Gábor Altorjay, Lucy Angulo, Ângelo de Aquino, Luis Arias Vera, Autoperforationsartisten, Artur Barrio, László Beke (Archiv), Horia Bernea, Ricardo Bofill/Taller de Arquitectura, Teresa Burga, CADA, Ulises Carrión, Dalibor Chatrný, Carlfriedrich Claus, COAC Archiv, Attila Csernik, Lutz Dammbeck, Guillermo Deisler, Eugenio Dittborn, Juan Downey, Jorge Eielson, Diamela Eltit, Miklós Erdély, Roberto Evangelista, Constantin Flondor, Fernando França Cocchiarale, Enric Franch (Archiv), Die Gehirne, Carlos Ginzburg, Ion Grigorescu, Claus Hänsel, Rafael Hastings, Paulo Herkenhoff, Emilio Hernández Saavedra, Taller E.P.S. Huayco, Joseph W. Huber, Pavel Ilie, Indigo Group, IPUT (superintendent: Tamas St.Auby), Iosif Kiraly, Jiri Kocman, Kollektive Aktionen, Carlos Leppe, Gastão de Magalhães, Oskar Manigk, Francisco Mariotti, Alfredo Márquez, Gonzalo Mezza, Ivonne von Mollendorff, Muntadas, Paul Neagu, Olaf Nicolai, César Olhagaray, Clemente Padín, Letícia Parente, Grupo Paréntesis, Catalina Parra, Gyula Pauer, Luis Pazos, Dan Perjovschi, Julio Plaza, Féliks Podsiadly, Robert Rehfeld, Herbert Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Romero, Lotty Rosenfeld, Jesús Ruiz Durand, Juan Javier Salazar, Hugo Salazar del Alcázar, Valeri Scherstjanoi, Cornelia Schleime, Grupul Sigma, Petr Stembera, Gabriele Stötzer, Grup de Treball, Regina Vater, Cecilia Vicuña, Edgardo Antonio Vigo, Sala Vinçon (Archiv), Krzysztof Wodiczko, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeld, Horacio Zabala, Sergio Zevallos

Idea and Concept
Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ

Cocurators
Ramón Castillo / Paulina Varas (Santiago de Chile / Valparaíso); Fernando Davis (Buenos Aires); Cristina Freire (São Paulo); Sabine Hänsgen (Bochum); Miguel Lopez / Emilio Tarazona (Barcelona / Lima); Ileana Pintilie Teleaga (Timisoara); Valentín Roma / Daniel García Andújar (Barcelona); Annamária Szöke / Miklós Peternák (Budapest); Anne Thurmann-Jajes (Bremen)

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Where is Now?

Film and lecture program

Curated by Katrin Mundt
16 and 17 January 2009, 7 – 10:30 pm

Mary Koszmary, Yael Bartana

Mary Koszmary, Yael Bartana

Postcapital: Vortragsreihe, Workshops, Filmprogramm
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Schlossplatz 2, 70173 Stuttgart, Fon: +49 (0)711 22 33 70, info@wkv-stuttgart.de

“Where is Now?” picks up at the archive as a repository for the present— a medial place where reality is not only stored and formatted in images and documents but also interpreted and configured anew through each individual access. Here, time itself becomes a malleable substance, the material of playful intervention and radical reinterpretation. From the perspective of different presents—from the nineteen-sixties through today—the films and videos in this program frustrate the linear progression of time.

Historical crises and turning points in particular, which still today determine the rhythm of our time calculations, are encountered by the works with skepticism. Their protagonists develop strategies for overcoming history—by proclaiming new beginnings, by inhabiting the permanent crisis of a precarious present, or by staging a retro-future against the backdrop of dated utopias. The works problematize the state of experience and perception as well as of agency and representation under archive conditions: in the images self-created by societies in order to ensure their presentness, in the ways in which embodied memory becomes manifest, and in the medial exploration of deviance and dissent.

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Kirsten Wagner: “Postcapital” or What Follows the City?

The Knowledge City
Postcapital: Vortragsreihe, Workshops, Filmprogramm
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Schlossplatz 2, 70173 Stuttgart, Fon: +49 (0)711 22 33 70, info@wkv-stuttgart.de

Lecture (german)
Thursday, January 15, 2009, 7 pm

Abstract
With the advent of the so-called information age, much seemed prone to vanish: the body, the space, the city, the book along with its institution, the library. But everything returns, and not only as visual metaphors on monitor surfaces. While the physical body has proved to be an equally ineluctable and refractory factor in technical thing ensembles, megacities—notably illustrated by media geography through their radiant diagrams and maps—have asserted themselves as spatial and economic centers of a globally networked media culture. And despite an increasing digitalization that includes historical text and image inventory, libraries have been experiencing an unexpected renaissance over the past years, as attested to by a series of spectacular newly erected libraries.

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Daniel García Andújar: Apprehension of the Postcapital Archive Reality

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
December 13 + 14, 2008, each day: 12 – 6 pm
Workshop (english)
Registration till Monday, December 1, 2008
at: zentraleremove-this@remove-thiswkv-stuttgart.de

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate reflection on the structures of the “archive culture” process. We will delve into the methods of exploring and reinterpreting the archive along with the possibilities these present, intervening artistically using various methods. We are also going to test new public participation models of understanding and working with the archive. This process takes shape as a platform, understood as a cooperative space, enabling the work done to be shared through workshops, actions, and other instruments, opening up a vast range of possibilities for collective intervention and participation. During the workshop period, forms of creative, critical, and subversive handlings of media and new technologies, in both theory and practice, shall be developed. The focus of the workshop thereby additionally lies in the specific information and archive situation of our society. The project furthermore offers an opportunity to examine strategies of “artist practice in the Postcapital Archive”—a new public space having long been influenced by new information and communications technologies.

Prize
for two days including lunch and drinks
25 Euro / 16 Euro reduced / Members 10 Euro

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Keiko Sei: Border Crossing

Postcapital, Exhibition View, WKV Stuttgart, 2008

Postcapital. Archive 1989 – 2001 Program

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Lecture (in english)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 7 pm

Abstract

Keiko Sei will talk about her experiences with border crossings through video tapes, the screening of these tapes, and about her collaboration with dissident groups, the Samizdat media people, artists, and writers in Eastern Europe during the communist period and after—as well as how this experience, research, and her video archive have been used in other still-totalitarian countries such as Burma. She will also screen tapes that have crossed borders many times, such as: Spartakiada, the Czechoslovakian communist mass game having taken place once every five years, the last May Day celebration in communist Czechoslovakia, a Hungarian Samizdat video, an election campaign video of the first presidential election in Romania, Hungarian live broadcasting of the Romanian Revolution, a Yugoslavian satire video on Tito, a documentation of the day when Emperor Hirohito died, and political reality TV in Thailand.

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Als der Westen seinen “Tanzpartner” verlor

Im Württembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart: Daniel García Andújar spürt mit “Postcapital” der Medientotalität nach

Postcapital, Exhibition View, WKV Stuttgart, 2008

Eine Ausstellung ist eine Ausstellung, ist eine Skulptur, ist eine Analyse, ist eine Frage, ist ein Forschungsfeld – und als solches bei allen Erkenntnisversuchen durchaus Gegenstand der Repräsentation. Auch dann oder vielleicht erst recht, wenn der gefundene Titel “Postcapital” lautet – und entsprechend viele Assoziationsräume eröffnet.

VON NIKOLAI B. FORSTBAUER
Artikel aus den STUTTGARTER NACHRICHTEN vom 25.11.2008

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Die ersten Bilder? Volkspolizisten auf der Berliner Mauer. Sicher und unsicher zugleich. Überzeugt und ratlos, Uniformierte als menschliche Zeichen des Übergangs. Nur wenige Meter weiter Uniformierte in der gleichen Haltung, mit gleicher Pose, gleicher Geste. Und doch gehen die filmischen Beobachtungen ganz anders weiter. Panzer rollen auf dem Platz des Himmlischen Friedens, Leichen werden in den Straßen von Santiago de Chile eilig weggeschleppt oder achtlos auf Lastwagen gezerrt. Die Zäsur 1989, so macht uns der spanische Medienkünstler Daniel García Andújar deutlich, ist in ihrer Ausprägung nicht denkbar ohne die Geschichte und die Geschichten zuvor.

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Postcapital. Archive 1989-2001

22. November 2008 – 18. Januar 2009
Ein Kunstprojekt von Daniel García Andújar / Technologies To The People
KuratorInnen:  Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2, 70173 Stuttgart

Einführung

Vom 22. November 2008 bis 18. Januar 2009 zeigt der Württembergische Kunstverein das „Postcapital Archive (1989 – 2001)“ des spanischen Künstlers Daniel García Andújar. Das Projekt, das sich gleichermaßen als multimediale Installation, Bühnenraum, offene Datenbank und Werkstatt versteht, basiert auf einem digitalen Archiv mit über 250.000 Dateien (Texte, Audiodokumente, Videos etc.), die der Künstler in den letzten zehn Jahren aus dem Internet zusammengetragen hat.

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Workshop. Transforming Information into Knowledge

Postcapital Archive Series
July 10 – 13, 2008
Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

During the workshop period, forms of creative, critical, and subversive handlings of media and new technologies, in both theory and practice, shall be developed. The focus of the workshop thereby additionally lies in the specific information and archive situation of our society. The project furthermore offers an opportunity to examine strategies of “artist practice in the Postcapital Archive”—a new public space having long been influenced by new information and communications technologies.

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