New Experiences and Institutional Changes : Future Practice
WHERE : via Zoom platform
LANGUAGE : English
Sebastian Cichocki, Chief curator Museum of Modern Art Warsaw
Annie Fletcher, Director Irish Museum of Modern Art
Jean-François Rettig, Director, curator of the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin
Kristoffer Stefan, Austrian artist, experimental architect. Resident at the Cité internationale des arts of Paris
Moderator : Fiona Kearney, Director Glucksman Gallery
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Our guests :
Sebastian Cichocki lives and works in Warsaw, where he is the chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art. Selected curated exhibitions include the Polish pavilions at the 52nd and 54th Venice Biennales, with Monika Sosnowska (1:1) and Yael Bartana (... and Europe will Be Stunned) respectively, the latter project co-curated with Galit Eilat, Making Use. Life in Postartistic Times, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2016), Rainbow in the Dark: On the Joy and Torment of Faith, Konstmuseum Malmö (2015), SALT Galata, Istanbul (2014), Zofia Rydet, Record 1978-1990, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2015), Procedures for the Head, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia (2015), New National Art. National Realism in the XXIth Poland Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2012), Early Years, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2010), Raqs Media Collective, The Capital of Accumulation, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2010), Oskar Hansen. Process and Art 1966-2005, Museum of Modern Art in Skopje, Macedonia. Cichocki is a curator of The Bródno Sculpture Park, a long-term public art programme initiated in 2009 with the artist Paweł Althamer. He has curated exhibitions in the form of a novella, radio drama, opera libretto, garden, anti-production residency programme, and performance lectures. In 2020 he curated, together with Jagna Lewandowska, an exhibition « The Penumbral Age. Art in the times of planetary change ».
A noted international curator, Annie Fletcher has been Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art since 2019. She was Chief Curator at Van Abbemuseum she a tutor at de Appel, Amsterdam, the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) and the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2012 she was Curator of Ireland’s Contemporary Art biennale EVA International and is regularly called upon to sit on major International juries, including the Turner Prize in 2014 and the selection committee for the Irish Pavilion at Venice in 2016.
As a curator she is particular interested in how an encounter with art can generate a shared civic space and how, in today’s world, contemporary art can address complex ideas of time, space and participation in order to achieve resonance with the public.
JEAN FRANÇOIS RETTIG
Jean-François Rettig studied philosophy at Sorbonne University where he received his Master’s degree. He studied also Aesthetics, Cinema and Musicology of 20th century up to Master’s degree. He taught French and philosophy, and was in charge of international projects at Danae contemporary art foundation. He is former member of the French-German High Cultural Council where he represented arts and multimedia domains.
Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig are directors and curators of Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. They also curate screening programs and temporary exhibitions on the invitation of institutions, museums and art biennials, such as the InternationalBiennialof Art SIART in La Paz in 2017, the Biennial of Moving Image BIM in Buenos Aires in 2016, the Catagena de Indias Biennial of contemporary art in 2014, the Bucharest National Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012, the Beirut Art Centre in 2011, the International Triennial of Contemporary Art in 2008.
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlinoffers every year a space for discovery and thought dedicated to the contemporary practices of the moving image. Various partner venues have been associated with the event in past editions, notably in Paris the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo and more recently the Louvre auditorium, and in Berlin the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Crossing new cinema and contemporary art, the program gathers screenings, exhibitions, presentations, performances and panel discussions, gathering guests from all over the world –artists and curators, institutions and emerging organizations –to testify of their reflections and their experiences, but also of artistic and cultural contexts that are often undergoing deep changes.
Kristoffer Stefan is a graduate of Vienna University of Technology, focusing on experimental architecture. He explores how adaptive systems can modify perceptions of space and reveal their catalysing capacities.
His cross sectoral work includes : methodological investigations, transformable objects and participatory installations, interdisciplinary transfer of perspectives and tools, and the conception and societal implementation of cooperational strategies. As a resident artist at Cité internationale des arts in Paris, Kristoffer Stefan is currently working on a sculptural project entangling collective human behaviour and changing material properties.
Fiona Kearney is the founding Director of the Glucksman, a purpose-built contemporary art museum on the campus of University College Cork that promotes the creation, understanding and enjoyment of art. In this position, she has curated numerous exhibitions of Irish and international art, with a particular emphasis on how contemporary art practice relates to research directions within academic discourse.
Throughout her academic and professional career, Kearney has received several distinguished awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, bursary awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, and a UCC President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching. In June 2006, she was awarded the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme and in July 2008, she was among a selected group of global museum leaders who participated in the Getty Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center in L.A. In December 2008, she was appointed to serve as a member of the Arts Council of Ireland for a five-year term where she also served as chairperson of the Policy and Strategy Committee. She is an assessor on the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland, and is currently a board member of the Irish Architecture Foundation, VISUAL, Carlow and Cork Midsummer Festival. She is a member of the Irish Museums Association, ICOM, IKT, Universeum, and AICA