CURATORS IN RESIDENCE I MFA GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY
Curated by Catherine Turner and Zoe Marden
with Joshua Bilton, Derek Di Fabio, Renee Carmichael and Dmitri Galitzine
in collaboration with Sebastian Seiffert, Uwe Demmrich, Peter Duus and Dieter Krüger
OPENING FRIDAY 30. MAY 2014
Derek Di Fabio Workshop I MAY 26 - JUNE 1
Renee Carmichael Workshop I JUNE 13
Joshua Bilton Workshop I JUNE 14
Dmitri Galitzine Workshop I JUNE 15
FINISSAGE SATURDAY 28. JUNE 2014
'Hello World!' is the second iteration of 'ccthenr', a curatorial collective and research platform that investigates learning processes through artists’ practices. Its aim is to create spaces of exchange in which to explore an expanded concept of experiential learning and the social dynamics involved in the co- production of knowledge.
'Hello World!' will explore ‘publishing’ in its etymological sense of ‘making public’, and the role this has to play in the formation of identity: how we represent ourselves to others in making ourselves public, and how these representations circulate and are built upon in the world. The exhibition will reflexively investigate its form, as it is transformed throughout its duration through workshops initiated by the artists. Renee Carmichael, Dmitri Galitzine, Derek Di Fabio and Joshua Bilton will use their artwork in the exhibition space as a basis for collective activities, the gallery becoming a space of production and display simultaneously in which objects generate actions and actions produce objects.
These objects and processes hope to link publishing on an individual level, understood as an externalisation or making public of the self, to collective formations of identity. What are produced will not be ‘texts’ in a narrow sense, but performative representations of identity traversing various media including song, carving, movement and narrative. What interests us in these processes is the continuous cycle between the individual and the communal, the concrete and the abstract, in which meaning is produced and transformed. Objects, expressions of identity, are produced within a collective context, which their circulation shapes in turn. We see parallels between this process and the formation of publics, understood as bounded networks of relationships that are actively constructed through shared social structures and knowledge.
Each of these artists will approach these dynamics from different socio-political and historical perspectives, and their workshops will employ a variety of processes in a co-productive initiative to bring temporary formations of identity into existence. Without specific aims in mind, the development of each workshop is inherently unpredictable, allowing for the emergence of the unknown.