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The Rapp Lectures in Contemporary Art: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Photo: Marco Ventimiglia

Talks

The Rapp Lectures in Contemporary Art: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

February 24, 2013, 2pm

The dance was very frenetic: temporality, choreography and the locational turn of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Kabul, Cairo-Alexandria and Banff.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is a curator, author and researcher into artistic practices, the histories of art and the politics of aesthetics. She was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) from 2009–12, which took place in Kassel, Germany, from June 9 – September 16, 2012. Portions of the project were located also in Afghanistan, Egypt and Canada.


Previously, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev was Artistic Director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney: “Revolutions - Forms That Turn” (2008), and Chief Curator at the Castello di Rivoli Museum for Contemporary Art (2002–08, interim director in 2009). She was Senior Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center – a MoMA affiliate, New York, from 1999–2001. Her books include William Kentridge (1998), Arte Povera (1999), and for dOCUMENTA (13) the 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series as well as The Book of Books (2011–12). Previous group exhibitions include “The Moderns”, Turin (2003), “Faces in the Crowd”, London and Turin (2004), "Citta' Natura" (1997), and "Molteplici Culture" (1992).

Discussing artworks and other projects presented at dOCUMENTA (13), this lecture by Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev explores collapse and recovery, and their simultaneity; the destruction of the physicality/materiality of art in the age of the digital; the movements and transitions between embodiment and disembodiment, access and inaccessibility, being-in-a-place and the awareness of not being in another place, as well as other questions that relate to personal and collective emancipation today. Over one hundred and fifty artists from over fifty countries, and other participants hailing from different fields including philosophy, biology, literature and quantum physics, created new works and contributed to the space of the propositional that constituted the exhibition. Exercises in cooperation, grounded on an exploration of other more worldly modes of living and experiencing time and place, embodied in dOCUMENTA (13) forms of commitment that were transformed into active living - aesthetic and political.

The Rapp Lectures in Contemporary Art are generously supported by Carol & Morton Rapp, Jay Smith & Laura Rapp.

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