Circular Facts: Public Meeting
On 6-8 May 2011 at Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp, Circular Facts will gather to investigate the roles and agency of small and medium scaled art organisations within their local contexts, the collaborative networks which they form and to define their mandates in relation to artistic practices.
Small- and medium- scale art organisations play an essential catalytic and progressive role in the field of contemporary art as producers, distributors and channels of support and it is this position we often try to emphasise to our public and supporters. From this starting point, and taking the opportunity of the Circular Facts collaboration, this gathering investigates the role of these types of organisations in their local scenes, the networks of collaborations in which they affiliate themselves, and how they define their mandates in relation to artistic practices.
In 2010, Brussels played host to a similar but larger meeting of collaborators which brought together directors and curators of museums and kunsthalles in the general area of Northern Europe. Needless to say, these types of art centres are pillars of any art scene, however their claim to institutional roles as the avant garde or the incubators of critical thought or action are problematic, if not precarious. The aim of our meeting is to initiate another site for a similar dialogue where analysis of the distinctive roles of different types of institutions based on their working methodology, aspirations and public. In so doing, rejecting a top-down view of cultural production that takes resources, scale or audience numbers as the measure of effective participation in the art field. Rather, specific and specialized dialogue and modes of address, building communities of shared concerns, and an emphasis on reciprocity and hospitality are proposed as the basis of professionalism in our field.
The purpose of the Circular Facts Public Meeting is threefold: to introduce a broader public to our specific debates, concerns and ambitions; to increase our familiarity with each other’s structures, working methods and programming priorities; and to speculate on the position of our organizations in the changing political and cultural landscape in Europe.
Participants include Agency (artist, Brussels), Frederique Bergholtz (If I Can’t Dance…, Amsterdam), Will Bradley (Kunsthalle Oslo), Ruth Buchanan (artist, Berlin), Giovanni Carmine (Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen), Mia Jankowicz (Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo), Norma Jeane (artist), Hassan Khan (artist, Cairo), Dan Kidner (City Projects, London), Francis McKee (Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow), Natasa Petresin (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris), David Reinfurt (Dexter Sinister, New York), and the organizers Mai Abu ElDahab (Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp), Binna Choi (Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht) and Emily Pethick (The Showroom, London).
This event is organised by Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp), Casco (Utrecht) and The Showroom (London). For the detailed programme information, please visit the Circular Facts website by clicking here.