curatorial practice in convulsive times: a discussion with vessel


Matadero Madrid, El Ranchito. Paseo de la Chopera 14, Madrid

vessel is a curatorial collective of Bari, Italy. Its curators, Anna Santomauro and Viviana Checchia have been invited through our networking project Curators' Network. In their three weeks of residency, vessel want to start an intense round of discussion in Spain.

vessel is an independent non-profit space devoted to contemporary art; a dynamic container which intends to build an artistic and social bridge between Apulia and the surrounding areas, Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe.

For those of you who are interested in curatorial practices, please join us and them in the discussion about Not (Yet) a Manifesto!

Saturday 15th of December h 6:00 pm at El Ranchito

"We are engaging collaboratively in a discussion to activate an alternative critical practice responsive to our current time which resemble more often a market driven economy… while more civic engagement is needed. The past critique has been a binary logic – the neo-liberal regime and the leftist ideologies have both revealed to be ineffective. So, we believe institutions has to move outside of this duality to keep up with the current merging paradoxes. For this reason we decided to activate a space for collaborative thinking which may allow for the possibility of creating responses to the contemporary way of producing culture.

We invite you, as a cultural producer living in the current scenario to generate ideas together  in order to develop a new kind of positioning in response to effects of post-industrial intangible production.

In particular we would like to challenge the inherited notion of institutional critique: How is it possible in our current milieu -a regime of all captive capitalism- to open up a critique through the means of cultural production towards the machinic logic of the institution?

We would look forward to your company on December 15th 2012 at 6 pm at El Ranchito Matadero, Madrid for a night of informal discussion, to share your experiences and ideas and to create or de-create something together."

Anna Santomauro and Viviana Checchia

the two vessel members Francesco Scasciamacchia and Jerlyn Jareunpoon will participate in the discussion through skype.

With the help of: Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deportes
With the collaboration of: Matadero Madrid, Instituto Ramón Llull and AC/E

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