EVENT: Emergency Ectoplasmic Exodus, Rejected Material (Take 4), June 8, The Kitchen

Emergency Ectoplasmic Exodus, Rejected Material (Take 4)
SAT, JUNE 8, 2019
3-6pm

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 10011 New York

CONTRIBUTORS: Todd Ayoung, Stephanie Deumer, Ectoplasmic Materialism, Gregory Sholette and Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken.

In the 1989 film “Ghostbusters II” a river of pink slime runs through the sewers beneath First Avenue. It is composed of the negative human emotions of New York, the residual waste products and dark matter of everyday life, worries, debts and work. The slime is ectoplasm, an emotionally-reactive substance that fuels the manifestation of specters.

This event aims to explore the potentials and pitfalls of this dark matter and ectoplasm, materials that make up the bulk of artistic activities but exist in the shadows of and haunt the formal art world, and its history. The event will therefore be looking at approaches towards invisibilized histories, potential connectivities and solidarities within the broader social factory enabled by these notions, and how they might be used as a collective artistic material. When the slime of art history and production has been pushed out of sight beneath the social factory floor, what spectral traces can still be seen or dug up? What happens when these ghosts have been exposed?

Contributions include a spectral appearance by the theorist Gregory Sholette discussing, ten years after publication, his book “Dark Matter”, which still holds an important position as an analytical tool, not only for highlighting invisible parts of the art world, but also for pointing out that they are crucial to its very reproduction. Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps will present their practice, that involves uncovering historical gaps and looking at dark matter from a feminist perspective, most recently in the exhibition “Dark Energy. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively“. The artist Todd Ayoung will offer concrete examples of both his personal and collective artistic and activist practice, while exploring the relation between the “blackout” and dark matter. Stephanie Deumer will present her recent video “Spooky Action at a Distance”, which traces the objectification of women through their disembodiment and discusses and how past norms are literally amplified through new technologies, and the collective Ectoplasmic Materialism will offer some thoughts on the crossovers between the spiritualism movement of the early 1900s with women’s empowerment and conceptual art practices from a feminist-marxist perspective.

Emergency Ectoplasmic Exodus, Rejected Material (Take 4)
is part of Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Programme and will be hosted at The Kitchen.

31. May 2019 by admin
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Streaming HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE! / SPUKEN IM ARCHIV! / ¡HECHIZOS EN EL ARCHIVO!

28. March 2019 by admin
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AUSSTELLUNG: DARK ENERGY. FEMINIST ORGANIZING, WORKING COLLECTIVELY, March 28-May 25, xE

Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Aida Wilde, Posters inspiriert von Plakaten der I posters inspired by posters from the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London, Installationsansicht I installation view Empowered PrintWorks, 2015), Foto I photo: Will Cenci

DUNKLE ENERGIE. Feminisch organisieren, kollektiv arbeiten I DARK ENERGY. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively

Eröffnung I opening: 28.03.2019, 7.00 p.m.
Ausstellungsdauer I exhibition duration: 29.03.2019 – 25.05.2019
Ort I Venue: xE – Ausstellungsraum der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Eschenbachgasse 11, Ecke Getreidemarkt, 1010 Wien

AUSSTELLUNGSBOOKLET I EXHIBITION BOOKLET

Wie das All besteht die Welt der kulturellen Produktion zum größten Teil aus dunkler Energie und Materie.[1] Diese unsichtbaren Massen und Bewegungen bilden sich aus spontanen, amateurhaften, autonomen, aktivistischen, selbst-organisierten kollektiven Praktiken, die für feministische Kulturarbeit eine wesentliche Rolle spielen. Dabei handelt es sich auch um die un- oder unterbezahlte Arbeit jener, die sich bewusst der Sichtbarkeit entziehen oder keine andere Wahl haben, als unsichtbar zu bleiben. Es ist die unsichtbare dunkle Materie, die den kulturellen Bereich am Laufen hält!

DUNKLE ENERGIE. Feministisch organisieren, kollektiv arbeiten setzt sich mit feministischen Formen der Organisation und Wissensproduktion im Kulturbereich auseinander. Sie rückt die visuellen, materiellen und performativen Eigenschaften feministischer Zusammenarbeit in den Vordergrund. Die Ausstellung geht der Frage nach, wie diese Organisations- und Produktionsweisen von ihren ökonomischen Bedingungen beeinflusst werden und was in diesem Zusammenhang politisch zu wanken beginnt. Welche Formen kreativer dunkler Materie und produktiven dunklen Wissens können wann, wo und wie praktiziert, produziert und verbreitet werden?

Die Ausstellung vereint ein breites Spektrum von Versuchen, die sich diesen Fragen in unterschiedlichen Kontexten und zeitlichen Zusammenhängen widmen. Durch die Arbeit der involvierten Künstlerinnen, Archivarinnen, Designerinnen und Aktivistinnen, bietet die Ausstellung aus feministischen, queeren und dekolonialisierenden Perspektiven Einsichten in die Kräfte, die mit den Kunstinstitutionen und -organisationen und innerhalb ihrer Strukturen kollidieren.

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Like the universe, the realm of cultural production consists mostly of dark energy and matter.[1] These invisible masses and movements form from spontaneous, amateurish, autonomous, activist, self-organized, collective practices that play an important part for feminist cultural work. This is also a matter of the unpaid or underpaid labor of those who deliberately shun visibility or have no choice but to remain invisible. It is the invisible dark matter that keeps the cultural sector going!

DARK ENERGY. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively explores feminist forms of organization and knowledge production in the cultural sector. It gives center stage to the visual, material and performative characteristics of feminist collaborative practices. It asks how these forms of organization and production are influenced by their general economic setup and what begins to sway politically in this context. Which forms of creative dark matter and knowledge can be practiced, produced, and disseminated when, where, and how?

The exhibition brings together a diverse range of efforts that tackle these questions in different contexts and times. Through the work of the participating artists, archivists, designers, and activists the exhibition provides insights from feminist, queer, decolonizing perspectives into the forces that collide with(in) art institutions and organizations.

Kuratorinnen I curators: Véronique Boilard, Andrea Haas, Nina Höchtl, Julia Wieger

Teilnehmer_innen I participants: Felicity Allen; Anti*Colonial Fantasies – Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, Sophie Utikal; Chantal DuPont; ff. Feministisches Fundbüro; Martha Fleming und Lyne Lapointe; Vera Frenkel; Anne Golden; Althea Greenan; Minna Henriksson; Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski; Annette Krauss and the shifting team at the Casco Art Institute; lamathilde; Tanya Mars; Diane Poitras; Anne-Marie Proulx; Martha Rosler; Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski; Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken; Vidéographe; Joyce Wieland; Aida Wilde


[1]  Gregory Sholette, Dark Matter. Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (London: Pluto Press, 2011).

15. March 2019 by admin
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GATHERING: ARCHIVAL PRACTICES, IMAGINATIONS AND FUTURE HISTORIES, Dec 7, ]a[ University Library

ARCHIVAL PRACTICES, IMAGINATIONS AND FUTURE HISTORIES
A gathering set in motion by the Secretariat of Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps

Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Kathy Carbone and Roshini Kempadoo

Friday, December 7, 2–7 PM

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University Library, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna

Over the past two decades, the archive has emerged as a crucial site of feminist knowledge production, activism and visual art practices. Feminist archives, special collections and informal repositories have been used to document art practices and activist movements. Through such archives previously obscured forms of knowledge and practice can become visible.

This gathering assembles a group of artists, archivists and scholars committed to finding disruptive and engendering modes of engaging with archives. They will discuss the entangled, queer and messy ways we create meaning and images today by looking to the past and imagining the yet-to-come.

Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski (independent artist/designer, archivist and organizer), Kathy Carbone (scholar and archivist, University of California Los Angeles) and Roshini Kempadoo (photographer, media artist and scholar, University of Westminster, London) will stage presentations and conversations that traverse transatlantic historical contexts. They will explore a variety of archival materials from the Women’s Art Library, the Women of Colour Index, the California Institute of the Arts, The Feminist Art Program Materials, the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago (1920s–1960s) and contemporary artworks from the diaspora and the Caribbean.

 

The gathering will take place in English and is part of the program accompanying the exhibition DARK ENERGY. feminist organizing, working collectively opening March 28, 2019 at xhibit, Eschenbachgasse 11 at the corner of Getreidemarkt, 1010 Vienna.

16. November 2018 by admin
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DEPARTMENT OF ULTIMOLOGY: WAS WO/WHAT WHERE, steirischerherbst’18 Volksfronten


Nach einem Auszug von /adapted from a page from Maria Strnad, Österreichische Trachtendirndl (Traditional Austrian Dirndls), (Vienna: Sogra Modeverlag, 1950), Courtesy Department of Ultimology

 

Was Wo / What Where (2018)
Forschungsprojekt und Installation / Research project and installation

In Auftrag gegeben von / Commissioned by steirischer herbst’18 Volksfronten

Produziert von / Produced by steirischer herbst and Grazer Kunstverein. Coordinated by Fiona Hallinan, Nina Höchtl, Kate Strain, und / and Julia Wieger

21.9.–17.11.
Grazer Kunstverein
Palais Trauttmansdorff
Burggasse 4
8010 Graz

19. September 2018 by admin
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SCREENING and Q&A: SPUKEN IM ARCHIV! / ¡HECHIZOS EN EL ARCHIVO!, MUAC

12. August 2018 by admin
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Screening and Q&A with Julia Wieger: HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE!

HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE!, Screening and Q&A with Julia Wieger

AT/MX, 2017, 72 min

A film by
Nina Höchtl and Julia Wieger
Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps

Q&A with Julia Wieger


HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE!
reflects on the history/ies of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (the VBKÖ) through its archive of letters, photos, catalogues and administrative documents. The Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps assembles the material to conjure up the spectres of the multiple lives of the VBKÖ that was founded more than a hundred years ago. In the film, the ghosts of National Socialism encounter colonial fantasies and share the scene with old and new feminist agencies.

 

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Nina Höchtl and Julia Wieger / Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps, SPUKEN IM ARCHIV! (Hauntings in the Archive!), 2017, film still. Camera: Liesa Kovacs, Nick Prokesch

http://izk.tugraz.at/semesters/summer-semester-2018/screening-hauntings-in-the-archive/

01. May 2018 by admin
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Streaming: HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE!, Women’s Voices Now 5th Annual Film Festival, March 8-April 8, 2018

HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE! is an official selection of the Women’s Voices Now 5th Annual Film Festival, streaming online from March 8th – April 8th, 2018. This unique film festival amplifies women’s voices and sheds a light on women’s rights issues.

HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE! reflects on the hi/herstory/ies of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ) through its century-old archive of letters, photos, catalogs, and thousands of other documents. The Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps (SKGAL) assembles the material to conjure up the specters of the multiple lives of the VBKÖ that share the scene in the film: Ghosts of National Socialism encounter colonial fantasies, as well as old and new feminist agencies.

Stream HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE! for free here:
http://www.womensvoicesnow.org/filmfestival/hauntings-in-the-archive/

Support the festival by watching and voting for the films on WVN’s website here: womensvoicesnow.org/filmfestival

 

09. March 2018 by admin
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AUSSTELLUNG: Current signs, das weisse haus

„Current signs“
kuratiert von Enar de Dios Rodriguez

Für das Projekt „Current signs“ wurden zeitgenössische Künstler/innen eingeladen, ihre aktuellen Anliegen und Forderungen in Form von Protestschildern auszudrücken. Wofür müssen wir aufstehen und unsere Stimme erheben? Was soll publik gemacht werden? Welche Umstände können wir nicht akzeptieren? Die von den Künstler/innen entworfenen 16 Protestschilder geben eine visuelle Antwort auf diese wichtigen Fragen. Die Auflage von 50 Stück steht den Besucher/innen – solange der Vorrat reicht – zur kostenlosen Mitnahme zur Verfügung. Zu sehen vom 20. Februar bis 28. März 2018 im weissen haus.

„Current signs“ wurde aus der Sorge um die aktuelle politische Landschaft und den Aufstieg (sowie der gesellschaftlichen Hinnahme) rechtsextremistischer, fremdenfeindlicher und rassistischer Ideologien geboren. Wie immer – aber vielleicht jetzt dringlicher als je zuvor – müssen wir unsere Anliegen sichtbar machen, unserer Ideen mit Anderen teilen. Current signs ist eine Aufforderung, vom Recht auf Protest Gebrauch zu machen.

mit Beiträgen von
Pablo Chiereghin / Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová / Johannes Gierlinger / Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid / Siggi Hofer / Klub Zwei / Milan Mijalkovic / Ryts Monet / monochrom / Ivette Mrova Zub / Yoshinori Niwa / Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken (SKGAL) / UBERMORGEN / Flora Watzal / Christina Werner / WochenKlausur

 

AUSSTELLUNG im das weisse haus
Eröffnung: 20. Feber 2018, 19h
Ausstellungsdauer: 21. Feber – 28. März 2018 // Dienstag bis Freitag 13h –19h, Samstag 12h –17h, sowie nach Terminvereinbarung

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“Current signs”
curated by Enar de Dios Rodriguez

“Current signs” is a project to which contemporary artists were invited to express their actual concerns and demands in form of protest banners. What must we demand or protest against? What needs to be expressed publicly? What statements need to be taken to the streets? The resultant 16 protest banners designs, conceived by a wide range of artists, give a visual answers to these poignant questions. Printed in editions of 50, these banners will be on view at das weisse haus from the 20th of February to the 31st of March, where visitors could take them for free as long as they are available.

This project is born from the need to address concerns related to our current political landscapes and the raise (and acceptance) of far-right, xenophobic and racist ideologies. As always – but maybe now more than ever – we need to make visible our demands, to share with each other our ideas, our worries and our needs. Current signs aims to encourage this exercise of the right to demonstrate and protest.

participating artists:
Pablo Chiereghin / Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová / Johannes Gierlinger / Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid / Siggi Hofer / Klub Zwei / Milan Mijalkovic / Ryts Monet / monochrom / Ivette Mrova Zub / Yoshinori Niwa / Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken (SKGAL) / UBERMORGEN / Flora Watzal / Christina Werner / WochenKlausur

 

EXHIBITION at das weisse haus
Opening February 20, 2018, 7 pm
Duration: February 21 – March 28, 2018 // Tuesday to Friday 1pm –7pm, Saturday 12am – 5pm, or by appointment

13. February 2018 by admin
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TEXT (english): The VBKÖ’s Archive as a Site of Political Confrontation, or How Can You Sing Out of Tune?, 2018

All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s
Edited by Agata Jakubowska and Katy Deepwell

The texts gathered in this volume embrace women artists-only exhibitions, festivals, collective art projects, groups and associations, organised in the long 1970s in Europe (1968-1984). These all-women art initiatives are closely related to developments within the political and politicized women’s movement in Europe and America but what emerges is the varied and plural manner of their engagements with feminism(s) alongside their creation of ‘heterotopias’ in relation to specific sites/ politics/ collaborative art practices.

With texts by Katia Almerini, Susanne Altmann, Katy Deepwell, Fabienne Dumont, Nina Hoechtl and Julia Wieger, Agata Jakubowska, Monika Kaiser, Elke Krasny, Annika Öhrner, Márcia Oliveira, Kathleen Wentrack.

23. January 2018 by admin
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