Slash: Hybrid Ecologies and Audiences Today
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 1–6 pm, Auditorium, Witte de With
Taking Dutch-born, Beijing-based curator/dealer/art historian/artist/translator/publisher Hans van Dijk (1946–2002)—currently the subject of Witte de With’s exhibition Dai Hanzhi: 5000 Artists—as a point of departure, this symposium will investigate what happens when cultural sector divisions, such as public/private, commercial/not-for-profit, academic/non-academic and so forth, bleed. Although the latest financial crisis has passed, a new generation of cultural producers and institutions has come of age in this downturn.
Six years on, now is the time to take stock of how these initiatives, particularly those led by artist- or writer-led startups, have scaled. To this end, Witte de With hosts a convocation of artists, thinkers, and producers currently engaged in these newer platforms—spanning artistic practice, exhibition- and institution-making, education, publishing, and others—to discuss how novel, and at times heterodox, modes of address, support, and management have reshaped, for better and for worse, the ways ideas spread. With a keen eye and ear to the past, the day is punctuated by a series of “case study” presentations, which each revisit the design, means, and context of related historical endeavors from several different periods and places.
Orit Gat, the managing editor of WdW Review, will provide live coverage of this event for e-flux conversations.
The program will consist of a series of short lectures by the following guest speakers: Toke Lykkeberg (Freelance Curator & Critic, DEN); LuckyPDF (Artist Collective, UK); Mohammad Salemy (Programmer, The New Centre for Research and Practice, IR); Ben Eastham (Co-Founder & Editor, The White Review, UK) and Sandra Terdjman (Co-Founder, The Council, FR).
The program will also feature case studies by three participants of the Gallerist Programme of de Appel arts centre: Rose Lejeune (Curator, UK); Raphael Linsi (Artist and Curator, SUI) and Anna Buyvid (Curator & Critic, RUS).
More information: http://www.wdw.nl/event/slash-hybrid-ecologies-and-audiences-today/