Dushanbe Art Ground


Research-Documentation Lab and Theoretic Seminars

Dushanbe Art Ground announces Research-Documentation Lab and Theoretic Seminars in the frame of: “SPACES ON THE RUN – Mapping, activating, rethinking the status of public spaces in Central Asian context” project.

Research-Documentation Lab and Theoretic Seminars: 23 of JUNE-1st of JULY, 2014
Project organizer: Dushanbe Art Ground (Public Foundation “Sanati Muosir”)
Invited participants from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Project partners: Prince Claus Fund/NL, Arts Colaboratory – a Hivos&DOEN Foundation programme/NL, Goethe Institute Tashkent/UZ
Project partners in Tajikistan: The State University of Visual Art and Design of Tajikistan, The Union of Artists of Tajikistan, The Union of Designers-TJ, The Union of Arachitects-TJ/Dushanbe.

Regional partners: Anthropology department-AUCA/Bishkek, Museum Studio/Bishkek, Saken Narinov/studioVDNH/Almaty

Description of Research-Documentation Lab and Theoretic Seminars:

The purpose of Research-Documentation Lab and Theoretic Seminars is to share experience and to undertake a comparative analysis of the transformations of public spaces in Central Asian context. Invited participants from Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) will confront their knowledge and project proposals with the local context and the actual status of public spaces in Tajikistan. They will work on the field (individually or in groups) and will further develop their research and project proposals, will elaborate texts in conjunctions with urban transformations in Dushanbe. A number of international curators from Tbilisi/Georgia, Samara/Russia and Honk Kong/China will present that recent practices of dealing with the public space, they will share their experience in exploring and activating public space using new approaches and strategies.

Lectors involved in Theoretic Seminars:

Nini Palavandishvili – curator of GeoAIR, Tbilisi, Georgia
Nini Palavandishvili was born in 1976 and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia. After studying Art History in Tbilisi, she graduated from the UdK Berlin in Faculty of Public and Industrial Communication. In 2006 Nini joined artist initiative GeoAIR and since then she is actively engaged in curating and organizing international exchange projects in Georgia and beyond its borders. Nini Palavandishvili is also a coordinator of an art residency program launched by GeoAIR in January 2010 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Nelya Korzhova – curator of Shiryaevo Biennale. Samara, Russia.
Nelya Korzhova was born in 1963, lives and works in Samara, Russia. In 1997, she together with Roman Korzhov organized Regional Public Charity Foundation “Center for Contemporary Art” of Samara (art director, ROBF “CSI”). It was the first professional institution in Samara, actively engaged in the search for new forms of communication of art in the social environment, the development of international dialogue in contemporary art. In 2001she attended Scholarship program for curators of the German Institute of International Relations (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart).
Since 2007 she works in the Volga branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art.

Stefan Rusu – curator of Dushanbe Art Ground, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Ştefan RUSU (born in 1964, Câietu, Moldova) is an art manager, curator, editor and filmmaker based in Dishanbe/Tadjikistan. Ştefan’s artist and curatorial agenda is closely connected to the processes post-socialist societies underwent and to the changes that occurred in these societies after 1989. Beginning with 2000 he was involved in the development of KSAK Center, where he developed curatorial projects and art initiatives. În 2004 he completed an MA in cultural management from Belgrade Art University, folowing the years 2005-06 he attended the Curatorial Training Program at Stichting De Appel in Amsterdam.

Cosmin Costinas – Executive Director/Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong.
Cosmin Costinas (b. 1982, Satu Mare, Romania) he was the Curator of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands (2008-2011), co-curator (with Ekaterina Degot and David Riff) of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial: Shockworkers of the Mobile Image, Ekaterinburg, 2010, and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, Kassel/Vienna (2005–2007). He co-authored the novel Philip (2007) and has contributed his writing to numerous magazines, books, and exhibition catalogs across the world. Costinas has taught and lectured at different universities and art academies in Europe and Asia. Costinas lives and works in Hong Kong.

Theoretic Seminars lectures schedule:

Date: 24th of JUNE
Time. 10.00

Lecture (I) title: Undergo. the parallels – an attempt to rethink public space.
Lecturer: Nini Palavandishvili-– curator of GeoAIR, Tbilisi

Objective of SPACES Undergo. the parallels project was to raise questions and issues, which became silent. To quote Boris Buden: “Art is form of publicity, because it explores the possibilities of the public, its new meanings. Art creates a public space and deals with its specific issues through available possibilities, through making some facts visible, by raising questions and issues that no only interrogate the old public sphere, but also generate new forms of publicity.”
Lecture(II) title: Mapping Vacant Central and Eastern Europe
The Vacant Central and Eastern Europe project follows the project VAC (Vacant Central Europe) initiated in 2013 by KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre. It aims to address the problem of vacancy by mapping empty properties, by researching planning instruments, architectural tools and by exchanging experiences and strategies of intervention that make the temporary use of empty properties and their conversion for another use possible.

Date: 25th of JUNE,
Time: 10.00
Lecture (I): International contemporary art festival “Street as a Museum – Museum as a Street”
Lecturer: Nelya Korzhova-curator, Samara, Russia

The festival “Street as a Museum – Museum as a Street” (curated by Nelya Korzhova&Roman Korzhov) is dedicated to new techniques of interaction between contemporary art and an urban environment. The festival presupposes simultaneous exposure of contemporary art pieces on public bus stops and exhibition halls, the main task of which is to define a boarder between the field of “culture and art” and street space.

Lecture (II): International Shiryaevo Biennale «: between Europe and Asia»
Lecturer: Nelya Korzhova-curator, Samara, Russia

An important part of the structure is the biennial international art laboratory that conducted the experiment of contemporary art in the Russian village for two weeks. The peculiarity of this phase is living of artists during the Biennale in the homes of local residents. This condition of “immersion” into the local cultural environment is seen as a method of creating irrelative or “ideal” environment for artistic expression. The basic idea of such an experiment – to give the artist a chance to ‘start working from scratch’, without the pressure of accumulated image and technologies of arts market.

Date:28th of JUNE
Time: 10.00
Lecture: How to deal with public space ?
Lecturer: Stefan Rusu – curator of Dushanbe Art Ground, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Stefan will introduce CHIȘINĂU – Art, Research in the Public Sphere project – a cross-disciplinary platform realised in 2010 that investigated the connections between political and cultural symbols and propaganda and its impact on the urban environment, the interference between personal narratives and imported ideologies and cultural discourses in relation to the public sphere. He will talk about art projects and interventions in the city of Chisinau, which explored the dominant institutional and political discourses that have shaped the society and the urban landscape of the city of Chisinau in the course of its recent history. Beside that he will introduce the art practice of Joanna Rajkowska and Ewa Rudnizka from Poland that deals with various aspects and interpretations of public space.

Date: 1st of JULY
Time: 14.00
Lecture title: A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels.SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story.
Lecturer: Cosmin Costinas – Executive Director/Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong.

A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story started from the events that affected Hong Kong in the spring of 2003, tracing the different narratives, historical backgrounds as well as the implications of these events in relation to the contemporary culture and politics of Hong Kong and the world. The city has a subjectively internalised history of epidemics and of representations in the colonial era as an infected land that needed to be conquered from nature, disease and oriental habits in order to be made healthy, modern and profitable. These narratives culminated with the identification of the bacillus causing the plague during an epidemic in Hong Kong in 1894, in Para Site’s current neighborhood. In conjunction with his lecture Costinas will present a number of artsits and projects: Ai Weiwei, Bernd Behr, Natalia Sui-hung Chan, Oscar Chan Yik Long, Yin-Ju Chen, James T. Hong, Irene Kopelman and the others.

“SPACES ON THE RUN – Mapping, activating, rethinking the status of public spaces in Central Asian context” project aims is to understand/analyze the processes behind recent transformations of the public spaces in post-socialist context and investigate the status of public spaces in Central Asia challenging the hegemonic narratives, consumerist and private interests by re-appropriating/re-thinking and re-activating the public space trough contemporary art and social practices. The project will consist in the following components: – Mobile Workshops to be organized in Dushanbe, Almaty and Bishkek, – research-documentation lab, theoretical seminars, a number of art projects/creative interventions in the public space will be realized by invited participants from Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan). In order understand the dynamic of transformation of public spaces in the region a series of Mobile Workshops will be organized in Dushanbe/Tajikistan, Almaty/Kazakhstan and Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan to undertake a comparative analysis and investigate the processes behind recent transformations, mapping, planning, use, and commercialization of public space in the context of Central Asia.

This project is supported by Prince Claus Fund, The Netherlands, Arts Colaboratory – a Hivos&DOEN Foundation programme, The Netherlands and also by Goethe Institute Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Project team:
Project curator – Stefan Rusu
Project manager – Jamshed Kholikov
Coordinator of educational section – Surayo Tuychieva
Assistant manager – Serafima Gatzalova

Dushanbe Art Ground,
State University of Visual Arts and Design of Tajikistan,
Str. Aini 31, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Post code: 734012

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Dushanbe Art Ground (Public Foundation “Sanati Muosir”)– is a non-profit organization registered in 2012 in Dushanbe. DAG mission is to advocate for the development of contemporary art practices in Tajikistan, to redefine the role of the artist in contemporary society and shift the function of the artist from mere producer to engaged researcher and critic. DAG strategy is to achieve long-term sustainable development for new media arts and new platforms where creative and civic communities could collaboratively invent alternative avenues for social development and change. Dushanbe Art Ground activity is supported by Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan and Swiss Cooperation Office, Tajikistan.

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