[artinfo] Least Common Multiples: opportunism and pragmatism in
contemporary art production, October 3rd.
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LEAST COMMON MULTIPLES
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.
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
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 productive?
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 politics.
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.
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