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POPULAR unrest

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Still from Popular Unrest

Monday, April 28, 19h, 2014 at KHiB, 8th floor, C.Sundtsgaten 53

Since the economic crisis began in 2008, artist Melanie Gilligan has created three narrative episodic video works, Crisis in the Credit SystemSelf-Capital and Popular Unrest which reflect on the economics and politics of capital’s current ongoing crisis. Gilligan’s talk will focus on the third of these three works, Popular Unrest, and will center around its particular perspective on the present.

Melanie Gilligan is an artist and writer based in London and New York. Gilligan has written for magazines and journals such as Texte zur KunstMuteArtforum, and Grey Room. In 2008, Gilligan released Crisis in the Credit System, a four-part fictional mini-drama, made specifically for internet viewing. Popular Unrest, is a multi-episode drama set in a future much like the present. Here, however, all exchange transactions and social interactions are overseen by a system called ‘the Spirit’. A rash of unexplained killings have broken out across the globe. They often take place in public but witnesses never see an assailant. Just as mysteriously, groups of unrelated people are suddenly coming together everywhere, amassing new members rapidly. Unaccountably, they feel a deep and persistent sense of connection to one another.

The lecture will be followed by soup and discussions.

The video-works of Melanie Gilligan is online here:

http://chevalflorence.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/melanie-gilligan-crisis-in-the-credit-system/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ATnDUzYilg

http://popularunrest.org

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ANTI-ACADEMY

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Foto: Hans Breder with student

Thursday, April 10, 5pm, 2014,  KHiB, 8th floor, C.Sundtsgate 53

Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek will be talking about the exhibition Anti-Academy, first presented at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton/England, 2013. The show examines the ideas, processes, workshops and legacies of three radical educational models in 1960s Japan, the USA and Denmark. Comprised of three installations, each relating to one of these school’s programmes, Anti-Academy explores life at Bigakko, Tokyo, The Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa, and Ex-School, Copenhagen.

Schmidt-Bleek curated the Intermedia section of the exhibition, a program that was established by the German artist Hans Breder in 1968. At Intermedia, students experienced workshops by various visiting artists with an emphasis on exploring ‘the boundaries between media, between artistic and scholarly practices, between genres, between social and political universes, between viewer and artist’.  The Iowa program was characterized by an innovative use of media and technology. Key to its early years was the involvement of visiting artists who developed work with student participation, including creations by Robert Wilson and Allan Kaprow amongst others. There was an emphasis on development of a collaborative relationship with the local community and the utilisation of the local landscape as site for the making of student work. Anti-Academy includes works made with students (notably with the year group of students that included Ana Mendieta and Charles Ray) by Elaine Summers, Mary Beth Edelson and Vito Acconci, alongside a broader review of the archive. This program will be the focal point of the talk.

The lecture will be followed by soup and discussions.

Anti-Academy is organised in collaboration with Heidi Nicolaisen.