[artinfo] LEAST COMMON MULTIPLES ::: conference ::: Young Artists' Biennial of Bucharest

Ferenc Grof ferenc.grof at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 21:07:14 CEST 2008

a conference about opportunism and pragmatism in contemporary art production,
within the frame of the 3rd Young Artists' Biennial of Bucharest.

October 3rd, 2008
13:00 > 20:00
International Advertising Association
Calea Victoriei, 126, 3rd floor, Bucharest.
Free entrance.

Least common multiples, to be held during the 3rd Young Artists'
Biennial of Bucharest at the International Advertising Association,
intends to interrogate contemporary key-issues of artistic and
cultural production in the plurality of European contexts.

At a moment when the art economy is more and more integrated into
global strategies, what are the development perspectives for the
production of research-oriented art, enterprising and experimental
projects, international collaborations intending to sprout new
energies? The symposium will be riveted to a methodic approach of the
subject: what common strategies can be found in conditions as various
as Bucharest's, London's, Vilnius' or Rome's ones?

How is it possible to collectively discuss and devise production
tactics out of precise cases, by taking advantage of any set of
circumstances (opportunism) and by methodically assessing economical
situations through matter-of-fact and straightforward means
(pragmatism)? Are opportunistic and pragmatic techniques contradictory
with independence? Does a conditioned environment for artistic
viability and visibility (economy) overdetermine content?

This meeting will first discuss the relationship between cultural
politics and political societies. When public financial backing of art
is conducted by a certain state of "cultural politics", how to dodge
the contingency of governmental orientations in order to bridge
artistic production to a civil society demanding for cultural and
political assets? Then, Least common multiples will debate how new
features can answer the requisites of potential fundings. Such a
division as public versus private domains in terms of cultural
production is irrelevant considering the current European context.
What does it imply in terms of representation and how is it possible,
to take advantages from these two sides by initiating new kinds of
working "machines"? Consequently, if one accepts that the cultural
production is more than ever integrated into global
politico-economical strategies, what are the new edges of this
"system"? What are the hedges through which their use is possibly

Participants: Anthony Auerbach (London), Iara Boubnova (Sofia),
Gabriele Gaspari (Rome), Bogdan Ghiu (Bucharest), Erwin Kessler
(Bucharest), Mirjana Peitler (Graz), Dan Perjovschi (Bucharest) and
Gediminias Urbonas (Vilnius).

Moderation: Société Réaliste (Paris).

A project initiated by Ami Barak (Paris).

--- PROGRAM ---

Opening of Least Common Multiples and introduction by Société Réaliste (Paris).


Gediminas Urbonas (artist, Vilnius) will contribute to the meeting
with a paper that is charting construction of a pro-test lab through
the events of artistic production staged as a campaign of reclaiming
public space, as their method of protest against the privatization of
Lietuva (Lithuania) - the largest cinema theater in Vilnius. He will
analyses the debates that unfold in the conflict between privatization
and publicness, art and ethics, activism and production. Presentation
scrutinizes an art project that employ energies of the productive side
of protest, archiving all possibilities of impossible protest that
rally against the specific situation of the privatization of public

The artist Dan Perjovschi (Bucharest), in its presentation entitled
What's up is going down, will talk about "integrated world, endless
art fairs, endless biennials, art price rising, artmaket expanding,
more galleries, more museums,
hot and hip, lifestyle and life cool. Sothebies auctioning graffiti,
Tate decorated with graffiti. Whats wrong with this picture? Time to
rethinking the system. Finding space for thinking and acting. The new
edge may be claiming back the center."

Debate and break.


Iara Boubnova, freelance curator (Sofia), will talk about new
strategies to produce differently in the art system, between the
global market and regional nostalgia. When history becomes geography,
she will consider artistic gestures
in relation to public opinions, in a range of practices going from
site-specific to the language of mass media.

Gabriele Gaspari, freelance curator and co-founder of 26cc space for
contemporary arts (Rome), will argue about potential subsistence
models for independent and non-profit art spaces, as well as how such
organizations can
have their way through the structure of public institutions without
giving up their autonomy in insight and practice.

Considering that most of the engaged art initiatives live in a
permanent balance between critical discourse and partnership with
various money-giving institutions, leading them to subtle forms of
"self-censorship", Mirjana Peitler, curator in MedienKunstLabor
(Graz), will examine what could be done to keep spaces for critical

Debate and break.


The poet, theoretician and translator Bogdan Ghiu (Bucharest) in its
lecture Art as research, an affaire of durability will develop his
views about strategic pragmatism and tactical opportunism of art.

Erwin Kessler, researcher and art critic (Bucharest), will approach
the relationship between cultural politics and political societies
through a contribution on pragmatic misfits and self-exclusion as art

Anthony Auerbach, artist and researcher (London), will discuss success
and how to avoid it. He will throw into relation with the proposed
tension between pragmatic and opportunistic, between product and
event, between collective and collaborative modes of working.

Final debate.


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