COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
OFF Practitioners’ symposium and meetup
18th September, Friday
10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Kesztyűgyár Community Centre (Mátyás square 15, Budapest 1084)
The symposium organized by OFF-Biennale Budapest focuses on how grassroots initiatives operating within challenging political circumstances can support or even uphold contemporary art in a certain locale and rethink its role and competence. “Communities of Practice” links international cultural practitioners who endeavour specific, alternative models of operation. The aim is to present and analyse case studies of self-organized initiatives that are especially responsive to the social and political contexts they are embedded in.
Various presentations and panel discussions will explore the dilemmas inherent in self-organization and participative operations, such as the relations of continuity and responsiveness, local focus and international approach, the issues of advocacy, representation and responsibility, the relation of artistic-curatorial collectives to institutional modes of operation or the potential clash between democratic decision-making and effectiveness.
10:00 – 10:10 am Welcome by Tijana Stepanovic / OFF-Biennale Budapest
10.40 – 11.05 am I like Periferic 3 / Livia Pancu, Iasi
11.30 – 11:50 am coffee break
12.45 – 2.15 pm lunch break
3.30 – 4.00 pm coffee break
4.00 – 5.00 pm Continuity / panel discussion
In the face of constant political, economical and social earthquakes how can we keep up with our former activities? How can we, and to what extent do we want to respond to these changes? How does an altered political, social and economical environment influence our attitudes, agendas, policies, programmes, and our entire practice? What measures do we take, as organizations or as individuals, to continue even against the grain?
Participants: Chiara Colasurdo / Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome; Tímea Junghaus / Gallery 8, Budapest; Romeo Kodra / Tirana Art Lab, Tirana; Livia Pancu / Iaşi; Vladimir Us / Oberliht, Chişinău
Moderated by Katalin Székely / OFF-Biennale Budapest
5.00 – 6.00 pm Collectivity / panel discussion
How does collective curating challenge the curatorial roles as we know them, and the responsibility inherent in decision making? Is it really the operational structure of a collective which secures its effectiveness or on the contrary: structures are to restrain the sometimes unconscious dynamic of a community? Democratic decision making is the ideal format for many of us, but how to shape and sustain democracy in a larger group and how to avoid project-based operation or effectiveness to fall prey to it?
Participants: Adela Jušić / Crvena, Sarajevo; Dávid Karas / FKSE, Budapest; Poka-Yio / Athen Biennale, Athens; Veda Popovici, Bucharest; Anna Zvyagintseva / Hudrada, Kiev
Moderated by Nikolett Erőss / OFF-Biennale Budapest
The Kesztyűgyár Community Centre at Mátyás square 15. started its programmes in 2008 offering free time activities for young from the district and Budapest as well. As a multifunctional institution it is the home of many talent programs, art performances, trainings, courses and an internet cafe as well. The goals of all programs are to create a community with encouraging the local identity and connecting Magdolna District into Budapest’s cultural blood circulation.