Curators: Henk Slager, Wato Tsereteli
In the world of visual art, many events have come to the fore with a strong focus on the academy’s status in both the cultural and theoretical arena. Strikingly, these events all seemed to continuously draw attention to strict processes such as the introduction of the Bologna Accord or meticulous attempts to describe research and artistic knowledge production. Those often strict forms of quantifying and defining necessitate at their turn anew the investigation of what the academy is about. This time in multiple and fluid modes, where art academies can emerge as temporary, autonomous sanctuaries for artistic thinking; in fact the utmost and decisive factor in art education.
In order to achieve this goal, CCA Tbilisi has initiated an idiosyncratic dissemination platform: a Triennial not only implying visual art, but also including a focus on art education and its related forms of research. The first edition of this Triennial, entitled Offside Effect, will take place from October 19 until November 20, 2012.
Various curatorial tools will be deployed in Offside Effect. Firstly, four keynote artists are invited, i.e. artists who have demonstrated in their renowned practices to be able to articulate a critical stance with respect to art academies and art education in order to develop a work contributing to the debate intended by the Triennial. The four invited keynote artists are:
Hito Steyerl (in collaboration with a.o. Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Studio Miessen, Alwin Franke, Leon Kahane and Vincent Grunwald. Location: State Academy of Arts)
Stephan Dillemuth (in collaboration with Max Schmidtlein, Maximiliane Baumgartner, Mirja Reuter and Lisa Schairer. Location: Georgian National Museum)
Anton Vidokle (in collaboration with Keti Chukrov and Ekaterina Degot. Location: Europe House)
Marion von Osten (in collaboration with Bessa Kartlelishvili. Locations: CCA Tbilisi, Literature Museum).
Secondly, a similar albeit a more institutional, context-bound question was submitted to artists from various international and leading experimental platforms, i.e. they were asked to demonstrate and disseminate their specific view on visual art, art education, and research in the form of a presentation. Their projects will be shown in various locations in Tbilisi:
CCA Tbilisi: Henning Lundgvist, Ei Ei Kyaw, Gabriel Barbi (selected by Juergen Bock, Maumaus, Lisboa); Crypt Project (in collaboration with Nikolaus Hirsch, Mark von Schlegell, Timothy Furey, Erik Lavesson, Nik Geene, Jonas Leihener – Staedelschule, Frankfurt); Mildred’s Lane New York (a collaboration between Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett) and F+F Zurich (a collaboration between Daniel Hauser and Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza).
Georgian National Museum: Tiong Ang (in collaboration with Natalia Calderon, Despoina Demertzi, Ryan de Haan, Zeynep Kayan, Pedro Kok, Alejandro Ramirez, Marina Stavrou, Wang Shihui – MaHKU, Utrecht), and Rene Francisco (in collaboration with Ruth Castro – ISA Habana).
Literature Museum: Inci Eviner (in collaboration with Şafak Çatalbaş, Didem Erk, Orkun Aksoy – Kadir Has, Istanbul); Annette Krauss (in collaboration with Hyun Ju Chung, Laura Pardo, Marina Stavrou, Maiko Tanaka, Sofia Montenegro, Jan-Maria Colpani, Katrine Smets, Simone van de Hulst, Anja Groten, Miya Yoshida and Christian Nyampeta – MaHKU, Utrecht); Kim Jisun and Seung Hee Lee (selected by Young June Lee – Kaywon College Seoul); Informal Master Program CCA Tbilisi (Galaqtion Eristavi, Aleksis Soselia, Tamar Muskhevilishvili, Mariam Natrosvhili, David Jincharadze, Ana Beridze, Mika Motskhobili); Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew (in collaboration with Mulugeta Gebrikidan, Michael Tsegaye, Mihret Kebede, Helen Zeru, selected by Lucrezia Cippitelli – Addis Contemporary); and Sami van Ingen in collaboration with Jan Kaila – Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
Europe House: Visual Culture Research Center Kiev (Olga Bryukhovetska, Oleksiy Radynsky, Lesia Kulchinska and Sehiy Klymko); AICA Yerevan (coordinated by Nazareth Karoyan) and Rainer Ganahl in collaboration with Tina Bepperling.
Forum: 19–20 October
Preceding the Triennial’s opening—October 20, 6–10pm—the participants will further elucidate and discuss their perspectives, insights, and institutional environments during a two-day forum. In addition to the above-mentioned participants, a number of speakers and referees will be added to the program such as Irena Popiashvili, Razvan Ion, Sabina Shikhlinskaya and Mick Wilson.
Moreover, during the entire Triennial a parallel workshop program for graduate students and young artists will be organized. Workshops will be headed by Annette Krauss, Rainer Ganahl, Stephan Dillemuth, Juergen Bock, Manuel Ribeiro Sanches, Gertrud Sandqvist, Marcel Stötzler, Sarah Cowles, Nazareth Karoyan, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Mamuka Japharidze & Anthea Nicholson (Shindisi Field Academy), Nedko Solakov and Tara McDowell (Research Residency). Katharina Stadler will coordinate the program.
The 1st Tbilisi Triennial is also made possible by the support of the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection, Mondriaan Foundation, IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Goethe Institut Georgien, Tbilisi City Hall, Utrecht School of the Arts, Prince Claus Foundation, Frame Foundation, US Embassy Georgia, Pro Helvetia, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Tbilisi, Deutsche Botschaft Tiflis and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.
Photo: Tiong Ang, “Pavilion of Distance: A Greek Tragedy,” 2012.