Now & Forever: Ownership in the Ephemeral Arts, Film and Video
Fari Bradley in conversation with David Gryn, Tony Grisioni, Rose Lejeune and Mark Waugh. Wednesday 10th May 09.30h – 11:00h
Under the 2017 umbrella theme: ‘The Contract’. Copyright of recordings of the ephemeral arts, performance and time-based works has come under much discussion since the proliferation of new platforms for digital media, as well as the increased interest in the screening of modern performance art archives. Questions arise; once a performance commission has been recorded to whom does the documentation belong, and in archiving the work, the immediacy of the performance been lost and thus it is a completely different work. In these and other circumstances what are the questions of authenticity that arise, and who carries the agency to transmit that work, the artist or the commissioners? By holding the film, is an institution thereby forced into or granted a default, directorial and ‘validated’ format of presentation of that work? How will that work be updated and preserved by archivists as technology advances? With this in mind, we question what the arts can learn from cinematic works in the film industry, where the differences in ideas of ownership between large group productions and solo films make for a much more rigorously explored and tested idea of the contract. Considering these changes in materiality and the representation of the body, space and time we ask how can the contract grow with the work?
Fari Bradley is a sound artist working between UK and the Middle East in performance, sculpture, installation and broadcast. As a composer and improviser, commissions include London’s Architecture Week, the V&A museum, Sound and Music UK, South London Gallery, Art Dubai, Beirut Arts Centre, the British Council and Resonance104.4FM at Frieze Projects. Bradley researches MENASA art and culture through her weekly radio broadcast, Six Pillars on Resonance104.4FM and is published in Ibraaz, The Wire, Canvas, ArteEast, Harpers Bazaar Arabia and in forthcoming Oxford Handbooks.
David Gryn has been for over 20 years a leading curator and promoter showing artists’ films in the context of the cinema. David has produced, curated and promoted artists’ film projects and events that have consistently excited and attracted large audiences and introduced new audiences to the arts. Gryn has worked with leading art galleries and institutes such as Art Basel Miami Beach, The Armory Show, Whitney Museum, MoMA, Gagosian Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, White Cube, Victoria Miro, Tate, Lisson Gallery, Anthony Reynolds, Whitechapel, Sadlers Wells and Sadie Coles HQ. David is the Director and Founder of Daata Editions.
Rose Lejeune is an independent curator and researcher focused on the issues around developing both public and private collections with a focus on context-based, performative and ephemeral practices. Alongside commissioning and consultancy work, she is runs Gallery Lejeune, an exhibition and event programme in her home, is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College and Associate Curator for Delfina Foundation’s Collecting as Practice programme.
Tony Grisoni worked in many different areas of film making before turning to screenwriting. Queen of Hearts, 1989 was his award winning first feature directed by Jon Amiel. In 2001, Grisoni made the trek along the people smugglers’ route from the Pakistan/Afghan border, through Iran and Turkey to Europe with the director Michael Winterbottom. The resulting film In This World won the 2002 Berlinale Golden Bear.
Mark Waugh is an experimental, bold and highly amusing writer – if his interests are highly theoretical – a close understanding of not only what Derrida meant when he said ‘ there is not outside-text’ but what that continues to mean in our daily lives was very much in evidence -they are only so inasmuch as this helps us understand the culture in which we live. Published books include Come (1997) and Bubble Entendre (2009)
The Cost of Free Speech
Sacha Craddock in conversation with Vassiliki Tzanakou, David Birkin and Bernard G Mills. Thursday 11th May 09.30h – 11:00h
The concept of free speech is a basic requirement for society. The premise of course is the truth, however complicated that concept might be academically, but in political and social terms there is even more ambiguity. With the current rise of fake news, divisive propaganda and media bias, the freedom of speech allows also a freedom to lie. In Europe there are constraints on what can or cannot be said; In the US under the First Amendment, that freedom is enshrined in the constitution. With the right to speak there is also the responsibility to listen. This discussion asks the question: What are the consequences of free speech? Refreshments will be provided. The events will be live streamed on Periscope and will be highlighted and broadcast later on air and on digital (in London) and online www.resonancefm.com at Resonance 104.4FM and at Clocktower NY.
Sacha Craddock is a freelance critic and curator – co-founder and curator of Bloomberg Space between 2002-2011, former Director of Programme at Max Wigram Gallery 2011- 2012 and active Chair of the Board of New Contemporaries from 1996. Craddock chairs Braziers International Workshop, co-founded Artschool Palestine and is a Public Art Advisor for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. She is also a Member of the Curatorial Board of Fondazione MACC, Sardinia and founder of Fellowship in Contemporary Art at British School at Rome. She studied painting at St Martins and Chelsea School of Art and went on to write criticism for the Guardian and Times newspapers and work as a postgraduate tutor at the Royal College of Art. Her very large range of curated exhibitions include a six year programme of contemporary art for Sadlers Wells. Recent essays include those on Gillian Wearing (for IVAM Valencia), Angus Fairhurst, Richard Billingham, Edgar Davids, Mustafa Hulusi, Heri Dono, Rosa Lee, Art and Youth for Turner Contemporary and London in the 1970s. She is currently working on a major publication about the contemporary in British Art for Reaktion Books.
Vassiliki Tzanakou is a multidisciplinary curator, arts consultant and cultural strategist. With a strong eye in identifying new talent, Vassiliki has collaborated with both emerging and established artists, creatives and scientists worldwide staging innovative projects. Having a background in architecture (foundation) and politics (BA, MA), she always focused her interest on structural changes. Vassiliki is Director of the arts consultancy ARTinTRA, Director of the newly established non-for profit organisation A:CODE (ART: Collaborative Operations in Denied Environments), co-founder of the arts consultancy for hotels ousia, and a member of the International Biennial Association & Hellenic Political Science Association.
David Birkin is an artist based in New York. He studied anthropology at Oxford University, fine art at the Slade, and was a studio fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Much of Birkin’s work reflects on the way war is depicted and the language and legal frameworks that underpin it, often focusing on omissions, redactions, or glitches in the otherwise smooth logic of a system to reveal something deeper about its mythology and ideology. Past projects have included a collaboration with the courtroom sketch artist at the Guantánamo military commissions; a photographic transcription of identification numbers from the Iraqi civilian casualty database; an extract of CIA legalese in skywriting above Manhattan; and a plane circling the Statue of Liberty’s torch towing a banner that read ‘The Shadow of a Doubt’.
Birkin has written for Frieze, Cabinet, Creative Time Reports, Ibraaz, Disegno, The Harvard Advocate, and the American Civil Liberties Union. He was an artist in residence at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and works part-time as the studio manager of Martha Rosler. He has exhibited internationally, most recently at Fotomuseum, Antwerp; Mudam, Luxembourg; the Benaki Museum, Athens; and the Mosaic Rooms, London.