17 — 31.7.2011 Extra Muros, Art Workshop
Other possible worlds – Dictionary in space
artist(s): Guillaume Aubry, Béatrice Balcou, Nayari Castillo, Hanna Husberg, Yota Ioannidou, Verica Kovacevska, Kuo-Wei Lin, Laura McLean, Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Beto Shwafaty
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Gathered around the theme of other possible worlds - dictionary in space, 10 international artists participated in this year's Art Workshop, a residency programme organised by Casino Luxembourg in collaboration with Université du Luxembourg.
The dictionary in space aims at opening a space for multiple projects from various parts of the world to propose and test out other realities of life and other "Weltvorstellungen" (world visions). With this collection of ideas, terminologies, models, projects, kits and modes of acting, the participating artists strive to develop fields of references, other ways of creating orders.
Together with the workshop leaders Dorothee Albrecht, Berit Fischer and Paul di Felice, the artists participated during their two week stay in think tank discussions and lectures; an exhibition presenting the works of art realised on the spot ends the residency. The Centre Emile Hamilius, generously provided by the City of Luxembourg, hosts the exhibition that is realised in collaboration with IUEOA asbl.
Other Possible Worlds aims at opening a space for multiple projects suggesting and testing other realities of life and other "Weltvorstellungen" (world visions) from small-scale artistic tryouts to larger social experiments.
It questions the role of art projects, art spaces and self-organised academies and labs in imagining a world beyond a purely economic globalisation. The globe is the common denominator, an international shared communal space of reference. Cultural differences, economic and ecological changes, processes of levelling are urgent global issues the workshop will deal with.
The subject of the Art Workshop 2011 refers to the potentialities of art as described by Sarat Maharaj. He points out that art does not only mean transmitting knowledge pre-established by the institutional discourse of systematic disciplines, but that art produces knowledge normal reasoning has difficulties to deal with.
Sarat Maharaj distinguishes further on: "What we call art activity is expanding, extending, transmogrifying in the global contemporary setting. Hence also my dogged interest in Duchamp's question 'How to make a work of art that isn't a work of art?' For me, it's a marker for ways we might be able to engage with works, events, spasms, ructions that don't look like art and don't count as art, but are somehow electric, energy nodes, attractors, transmitters, conductors of new thinking, new subjectivity and action that visual artwork in the traditional sense is not able to articulate".
In the course of the workshop an "Other Possible Worlds - Dictionary" will be worked out as well as further material brought in by the participants as cosmos of terminologies and fields of references. Each artist will select and examine what s/he considers to be interesting, useful or meaningful. With this collection of ideas, concepts, models, terms, projects, kits and modes of acting, the participating artists will strive to develop other ways of creating orders. Group works can be envisaged. In the end, this dictionary/handbook will unfold as an extensive installation into the space, linking diverse art practices, simple furniture and flexible architectural elements, into a "Dictionary in Space" realised by the participating artists. The installation becomes a test space for different artistic techniques and ideas, models, presentations, discussions and actions, at the same time theoretical and practical. This new space can be used by the local public; it will invite the "user" to re-think his/her own position, place, practice and discourse. During the two-weeks residency this space for thoughts and reflections will be activated further with some public side events like video screenings, discursive picnics or reading groups.
With the support of: Université de Luxembourg, Ministère de la Culture (Luxembourg).
In collaboration with: Ville de Luxembourg, Hot City, IUEOA, Green Art Café.
© Guillaume Aubry.