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Dear Art (Ljubljana)

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29 November 2012 – 10 February 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Maistrova 3
, Ljubljana

Press conference: Thursday, 29 November 2012 at 11 a.m.
Opening: Thursday, 29 November 2012 at 8 p.m

Mounira Al Solh & Bassam Ramlawi, Halil Altindere, Rossella Biscotti, Chto Delat, Every Man is a Curator / Jeder Mensch ist ein Kurator. An archive as a tool, Fokus grupa (Iva Kovač & Elvis Krstulović), Siniša Ilić, Sanja Iveković, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Lutz Krüger, Marina Naprushkina, Hila Peleg in collaboration with Tirdad Zolghadr & Anton Vidokle, Cesare Pietroiusti, Public Library (Luka Prinčič, Marcell Mars, Tomislav Medak, Vuk Ćosić), Greg Sholette, Mladen Stilinović, Wendelien Van Oldenborgh

Curated by What, How and for Whom/WHW

“Dear art,” Mladen Stilinović wrote in 1999, “I am writing you a love letter to cheer you up and encourage you to come and visit me some time”. Always acutely aware of his own complicity and involvement, in his address to art Stilinović intimates a set of troubled, poetic, enigmatic and modest observations on the standing of art in the contemporary world, its reception and distribution. But he also questions the value of art, which far too often is translated exclusively in monetary terms, or as he puts it: “quick manipulation, quick money, quick oblivion”.

As in several previous shows curated by WHW, “Dear Art” takes its title from a work by Mladen Stilinović, and once again its wager is set on the “classical” exhibition format. Amidst the disillusionment created by the persistent feeling of failure (coming from the fact that attempts for a radical reconfiguration of art and cultural production in general always become almost immediately spectacularized), “Dear Art” insists on the obstinate repetition of what has become the curatorial method. Obsessed with the interconnectedness of art and politics and plagued by the nature of art’s “inefficiency,” it attempts to ask necessary questions: Why do we still need art, and what is it that we expect to get from art today? What is its promise, and what do we promise it in return? And what happens when this promise is broken, betrayed, and just plain exhausted?

“Dear Art” approaches questions of the artist’s autonomy and art’s necessity through works that deliberately blur the relationship between engagement, self-referentiality and aesthetics. Engaged with a range of contradictory, heterogeneous methods that affirm endurance, endure indecisiveness, face misunderstandings and reassert allegiances, the works included address the ways in which misunderstanding, confusion, regret, possession, appreciation and devaluation, support and solidarity play out in contemporary art practice, and in defining one’s practice in relation to discussions on reconfiguring the field of art and its relationship to the political.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, with texts by Mladen Stilinović, WHW and Stephen Wright, which is available for download in the attachment bellow.

The project is supported by:
Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Slovenia
City Office for Culture, Education and Sport – City of Zagreb
Ministry of Culture of Croatia
ERSTE Foundation

Dear Art booklet.pdf

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Truth Is Concrete 24/7 Marathon Camp (Graz)

Truth Is Concrete
24/7 Marathon Camp, September 21—28, 2012, Graz
truthisconcrete.org

We are now on the final lap to firming up the programme of the Truth Is Concrete 24/7 Marathon Camp (which has already become a marathon for all of us organising it). We have had some great talks, suggestions and criticisms and everyone is looking forward to seeing things take clear shape very soon – even though the detailed programme won’t be published until September 11, 2012. This newsletter gives you a brief update about what is happening.

Travel & accommodation grants
As part of our Truth Is Concrete 24/7 Marathon Camp we are inviting some 100 students, artists, activists and theorists interested in artistic strategies in politics from all over the globe. The open call for the travel & accommodation grants ended on May 15. We were overwhelmed by more than 600 applications from around 50 countries that came in – thank you all for your interest. Applicants are chosen according to qualifications but also with the aim of achieving a productive mix of people. We will notify all applicants about the selection asap.

Truth in Context – a graphic design project for the 24/7 Marathon Camp
Truth is concrete in many ways, the contexts define the fields of action. And so the visual appearance of Truth Is Concrete is a platform for graphic designers and artists who devote their work to a social, political cause. Censored cartoonists, Egyptian sprayers, graphic designers from the Serbian student movement, newspaper-makers from Belarus, photographers from Brazilian favelas, concept artists from Palestine… a series to be continued until September on postcards, as advertisements, on posters, on the Internet …

With Absent (GR), Anton Litvin (RUS), Ganzeer (ET), Iconoclasistas (AR), Khaled Jarrar (PS), Jisun Kim (ROK), Leo Lima (BR), Marina Naprushkina (RUS/D), Dan Perjovschi (RO), Seth Tobocman (USA), Aseem Trivedi (IND), Tzortzis Rallis (GB), Josef Schützenhöfer (A) et al.
http://truthisconcrete.org/graphic-project

The Camp venue – a living and working environment
While we have started working on the programme schedule of the marathon camp, meeting more people to be invited and looking through the hundreds of grant applications, the camp venue and some of the side projects have already been finalised.

Berlin-based artist-architects raumlaborberlin are creating the camp venue, linking the two buildings Thalia and Opernring 7 in Graz. They are giving the marathon camp a flexible form, creating a landscape for working and living, a landscape that wants to be used. Not a turnkey facility handed over when the festival begins, but one that is constantly changing during the course of the marathon camp. The camp is a temporary habitat with contributions by many different artists: here the sleep areas, there the Herbst exhibition, over there the kitchen and next to it the bookshop. The video library alongside the hairdresser’s. Camp radio, speech karaoke, plenum. Open all the time and for everyone, day and night.
http://truthisconcrete.org/programme

Now online is the general programme of the Steirischer Herbst festival, in the context of which the Truth Is Concrete 24/7 Marathon Camp is taking place: www.steirischerherbst.at

For more information, news and tips on the 24/7 Marathon Camp, you can follow us now also on Facebook and twitter:
http://www.facebook.com/events/382453651806743/
https://twitter.com/#!/Truthisconcrete

All the best, and see you soon in Graz!

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