Slought in Transit in Lahore, Pakistan
Previously at Galerie Heike Curtze, Berlin, and Zone:Contemporary Art, New York (2007),
la maison rouge, fondation antoine de galbert, Paris (2008),
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tel Aviv; Kasa Galeri, Sabancı Üniversitesi, Istanbul;
HDLU - Mestrovic Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia (2010)
September 20-September 26, 2010
National College of Arts, Lahore University of Management Sciences, and Beaconhouse National University
Reception on Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Slought Foundation is pleased to announce the Fall 2010 international offerings of "Slought in Transit," an ongoing series of public programs promoting cultural dialogue and institutional exchange.
The latest installment will be presented in Lahore, Pakistan from September 20-26 at the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Beaconhouse National University (BNU). It will include public programs for students and workshops with artists, architects, and social theorists exploring ideas of peace and social responsibility, in conjunction with Slought Foundation's Perpetual Peace Project and Into the Open. This program has been made possible through the generous support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, and the United States Consulate in Lahore. The public programs will be conducted by United States Cultural Envoy Aaron Levy, and are organized by David Chalmers Alesworth of BNU.
Slought in Transit will also be presented in September at the HDLU - Mestrovic Pavilion, Croatian Association of Visual Artists in Zagreb, Croatia from September 4-27, 2010. It will include public programs with artists, curators, and architects including Katherine Carl, Aaron Levy, Armin Linke, Osvaldo Romberg, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, and others, with a companion installation in the PM Gallery of the Mestrovic Pavilion exploring the activities of the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia. This program has been made possible through the generous support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York and is presented in collaboration with the Virtual Museum of the Avant-garde (www.avantgarde-museum.com), which is assisting in its coordination. For more information, please contact Branko Franceschi, the local organizer of the project.
In the spirit of the conceptual information shows of the early 1970s, the exhibition component of Slought in Transit at the HDLU - Mestrovic Pavilion (http://www.hdlu.hr/eng/) takes the form of an archival exploration revisiting past programs at Slought Foundation about contemporary art, architecture, and social theory. Juxtaposing video documentation of past projects alongside posters, publications, and live discursive events, we communicate Slought Foundation's signature mix of art, culture, and politics to the public of Zagreb.
Live events have been organized in conjunction with the Slought in Transit project in Zagreb. They revolve around the question of “Political Education,” taking a cue from an investigation of the abandoned political school in Kumrovec, and raise questions exploring the way in which the city of Zagreb can be thought of as a political school. Organized by Katherine Carl and in conjunction with the School of Missing Studies, they include:
September 4, 2010
12pm, HDLU: Photo safari led by School of Missing Studies and Armin Linke to an abandoned political school near Kumrovec
1pm, HDLU: Presentations by Berlin-based artist Armin Linke on his photographic work and Maroje Mrduljas on Continuing Modernism
7pm: Presentations by Feda Gavrilovic on the ethicization of art in the Zagreb scene, Darko Fritz presents on New Tendencies, and Rada Iva Jankovic on Gorgona, followed by a public conversation with Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss
12pm, HDLU: Photo safari led by School of Missing Studies to the Petra Gora monument
5pm, HDLU: Workshop reflecting on the question: how do cities, and the city of Zagreb in particular, generate political education today and historically through art, architecture, and urban planning? Presentations by Lea Vene and Bojan Mrdjenovic on the photo safari to Kumrovec, and their research on modern myths in art and politics in Zagreb, in dialogue with Branko Franceschi, Virtual Museum of the Avant-garde; Osvaldo Romberg on broader questions of cities as sites of political education; Aaron Levy on Slought Foundation's Perpetual Peace Project, and Guenther Holler-Schuster of the Neue Galerie Graz, moderated by Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss
Video works by Ksenija Turcic and Darko Fritz, and selected images from safari and presentations (forthcoming)
On Slought Foundation
Philosophers, theologians and scientists have historically maligned curiosity, and the experimental disposition more generally, as a lack of specialization, a sort of intellectual futility or vacuousness. At Slought Foundation, we have diverged from this conceptualization, arguing instead for curiosity as a curatorial methodology. Curiosity, for us, entails a resistance towards entrenched hierarchies, the fostering of dissent, and the discouragement of habitual forms of thinking. It is this spirit of curiosity that we hope to convey through the "Slought in Transit" project and its associated programs.
History of the "Slought in Transit" Project
Each articulation is accompanied by a limited-edition hardcover publication, published in conjunction with the institutional affiliate. Past projects include:
Galerie Heike Curtze, Berlin, Germany (February 16-March 2, 2007)
Mommsenstrasse 11/1. Stock D – 10629 Berlin
Public reception on Friday, February 16th, 2007 from 6:00pm
Associated events included remarks on February 16 at 7pm by the curatorial staff of the Slought Foundation, followed by informal conversation with featured artist Braco Dimitrijevic.
Zone:Contemporary Art, New York (November 29-December 15, 2007)
601 West 26th St #302, New York
Public reception on Thursday, November 29, 2007
Associated events included We Have Decided Not to Die, on November 29th at 7pm, featuring Arakawa + Gins, Arthur C. Danto, and Don Idhe in conversation, and In Defense of Sloth on December 7th and 8th, Slought Foundation and Cabinet Magazine, in partnership with The Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, present a two-day event exploring histories and metaphors of sloth--one of the most philosophical of vices.
la maison rouge - fondation antoine de galbert (March 11-13, 2008)
10 boulevard de la bastille, 75012 paris france
Public reception on Thursday, March 13, 2008
Associated events included a conversation about Slought Foundation on March 11 at 7:15pm at Sciences-Po with the organization's curatorial staff; on March 13 at 2pm at la maison rouge - fondation antoine de galbert with featured artists Fred Forest, Braco Dimitrijevic, and Carlos Ginzburg in dialogue with the public, accompanied by a day-long film program; and a seminar entitled Dissidanses (on Nancy Spero) by Hélène Cixous on March 13 at 5pm, followed by a conversation with Marta Segarra and Joana Masó on Hélène Cixous' work with contemporary artists.
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (January 3-9, 2010)
60 Salame Street, Tel Aviv, and Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
Public reception on Sunday, January 3, 2010
Associated events included a seminar about Slought Foundation on January 3-4 at Bezalel in Tel Aviv with the organization's curatorial staff, followed by a seminar by Peter Weibel on Rewriting History. Events also included a seminar on January 6 in Jerusalem about the history of the Venice Biennale for architecture by Aaron Levy, followed by a conversation on the contemporary curator and the art of bureaucracy with Peter Weibel.
Kasa Galeri, Sabancı Üniversitesi, Istanbul (March 10-31, 2010)
Kasa Galeri, Bankalar caddesi No: 2 Karaköy- Istanbul
Public reception on Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Associated events included remarks on March 9 at 3pm by the curatorial staff of the Slought Foundation; Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch on March 10 at 3pm on Austria and the Post-war Cultural Milieu in conversation with Osvaldo Romberg; Aaron Levy lecturing on March 11 at 11am about Beyond the Biennale, in conversation with Lanfranco Aceti; followed by Jean-Michel Rabate at 2pm on The Ethics of the Lie.
This program was made possible in part through the generous sponsorship of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, the United States Consulate in Lahore, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York, the Society of Friends of the Slought Foundation, and the presenting organizations.
Initial support for development of the exhibition series was provided by the Helena Rubenstein Foundation, and the Russell Bergman Foundation in funding the 2007-2008 RBSL Bergman Foundation Curatorial Seminar in the Departments of the History of Art and English at the University of Pennsylvania.
Special thanks for design and coordination assistance: Melanie Kress, Liana Moskowitz.
Previously at Galerie Heike Curtze, Berlin, and Zone:Contemporary Art, New York (2007), et al. "Slought in Transit in Lahore, Pakistan." Slought Foundation Online Content. [22 September 2010;
Accessed 19 May 2013]. <http://slought.org/content/11370/>.