The OFF-Biennale and the SYAA presenting:

Kick OFF: "What’s that thing anyway?”

Lecture of Niels Van Tomme, curator of Bucharest Biennale 7.

"What’s that thing anyway?”

In this talk Niels Van Tomme introduces curating as a practice that produces a critical visual awareness, which he relates to progressive notions of politics and culture. Mounting projects of various sizes and interests, his approach is resolutely interdisciplinary and oftentimes disrespectful towards previously established curatorial boundaries. As such, each exhibition or editorial project is a new way to experience a specific topic of which the outcome remains initially unknown. Special emphasis will be given to his curatorship of the Bucharest Biennale 7, for which he devised the theme ‘What are we building down there?'

Venue: Studio Gallery (H-1077 Budapest, Rottenbiller utca 35.)

Date: 7th of July (Thursday), 7 p.m.

Niels Van Tomme (b. 1977, Belgium) is a curator and writer working on the intersections of contemporary culture, politics, and aesthetics. His exhibitions and public programs are shown at venues such as The Kitchen (New York), Värmlands Museum (Karlstad), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), P! (New York), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and Akademie der Künste (Berlin). He is a Contributing Editor at Art Papers magazine, while his writings appear in a wide variety of publications, including Art in America, Camera Austria, Afterimage, and The Wire. His books include Where Do We Migrate To? (2011), Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen (2014), and Aesthetic Justice: Intersecting Artistic and Moral Perspectives (2015).

Van Tomme is currently associated as Visiting Curator with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in Baltimore.

What is OFF?

OFF-Biennale Budapest is a series of exhibitions and art events in and beyond the city of Budapest. Its concept is different from traditional biennials as we know them. Not affiliated with any institution, it is a voluntary collaborative initiative of artists, groups of artists, curators, art managers, gallerists and collectors. OFF-Biennale Budapest is a civil initiative, whose aim is to bring a segment of culture, contemporary art, closer to the public at large. OFF proclaims the importance of independent thinking and action, breaking away from clichés and habitual routines. It is meant to demonstrate that contemporary art can foster and catalyse this kind of activity – in other words, that contemporary art is much more than mere luxury and a source of aesthetic pleasure.