VA15: Crossing Boundaries Discussions 

Venice Agendas 2015 was a programme of breakfast events and performances, curated by workinprogress, during the preview week of the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia followed by a series of outcome events that take place internationally throughout 2015. The theme for this edition is Crossing Boundaries; an open brief, which considers the many ways art not only trespasses geographical territories but how it crosses cultural, political and artistic boundaries. 








Wednesday 6 May 2015           

Moderators JW Stella and Mark Waugh.

Marita Isobel Solberg (a musician, a visual artist and poet. A nomad of the world), Richard Demarco (curator of cross-cultural links, presenting artists such as Joseph Bueys and Marina Abramovic) Tony Heaton ( artist, Chief Executive SHAPE), Ala Younis (Artist and curator based in Amman) Gaynor O’Flynn (artist and pioneer in interactive, inter disciplinary art)

The discussion considered identity, do artists belong to one culture or are they citizens of the world. There has always been an appropriation of artist’s heritage, but does art and culture belong to everyone? Debate asks questions about statehood, effects of global migration on cultural boundaries, and if it matters where you are from?



Thursday 7 May 2015            

Moderator Gilane Tawadros (Director of DACS)


Sacha Craddock (curator/writer), Anna Bitkina,(co founder of Creative Association of Curators TOK, Russia), David A Bailey (artist Gilane Tawadros (Director of DACS), Sue Williamson (artist), Vassiliki Tzanakou, (curator/writer)  and Emeka Okereke (Artist, Founder and Artistic Director of Invisible Borders – The Trans-African project)

Recent questioning of geographical boundaries globally, both democratically and by force, and the withdrawal of support by some European countries for various International artists and institutions act effectively as a boycott with cultural events being altered by political agendas. Is this a genuine support for civil rights or a convenient way for governments to play politics with culture; a boycott as a medieval throw back to the days of blockades and siege.  What is a boycott for, who is meant to benefit, who is meant to suffer?






The Right To Speak


The advent of the Internet and the rapid expansion of social media have redefined what constitutes the public space. Has this in turn created a clash between intellectual property rights of artists and the fundamental right of freedom of speech? Moderated by Vassiliki Tzanakou with guests including Manik Govinda, Sacha Craddock, Gavin Turk and Nicholas Sharp and Pierre François Docquir.


VA15: Crossing Boundaries Margate Discussions 


12.30 – 12.40, Foyle Room
Periscope from Budapest:
Artist Thaïs Lenkiewicz explores how cities frame our perspectives @ThaisLenkiewics

12.40 – 1.00, Sunley Gallery
Writer Tony White, reading of his short story The Holborn Cenotaph

1.00 – 1.20, Galleries
Artist Tony Heaton, Jon Adams and writer Jean Wainwright. discuss media, art and ethics

1.30 – 2.00, bus from Broadstairs
Artist Tatsumi Orimoto performs Breadman on the Bus

1.40 – 2.00, The Powder Room
Critic and writer Jennifer Thatcher, curator Yasmina Raggard and Turner Contemporary curator Fiona Parry discuss the role of the curator as simulator,and of regional perspectives with Jean Wainwright

2.00 – 2.15, Sunley Gallery
Tatsumi Orimoto, drawing performance – Breadman Paints Lies.

2.30 – 2.40, Galleries
Artist Ruth Proctor performs Ok, Set, Drop

2.30 – 2.50, Margate Museum
Artist Ala Younis, curator David A Bailey, and artist Felicity Allen discuss the borders between education, curation and art practice

2.50 – 3.10, Foyle Rooms
Writer Iain Sinclair discusses David Seabrook’s All the Devil’s Horses, TS Elliot, Margate and madness

3.10 – 3.30, Foyle Rooms
Writer Iain Sinclair, writer Simon Smith and writer Tony White discuss TS Eliot, writing and more

10.00 – 16.30, Sunley Gallery
I confess, participatory performance with the University for the Creative Arts

10:20 – 10:30 Periscope from Dubai:
Curator JW Stella Please Keep Your Eyes Closed For A Moment. Curator JW Stella on her curatorial practice and taboo elements within creativity

10:30 – 10:50, Foyle Room
Periscope from London:
Curator Lina Dzuverovic on mediators Electra, ethics gender and risk.

11:00 – 11.20, Turner Contemporary
Art Agency Director, Mark Segal, artist and curator Terry Smith, and Turner Contemporary Director Victoria Pomery discuss Risk, the Right to Fail and introduce the event. Questions by Turner Curator Fiona Parry

11.20 – 11.30, Foyle Room
Periscope from London
Insurance Assessor Mark Gibson discusses risk and motorised living.

11.30 – 11.50, Clore Learning Studio
Artist and performer Kimbal Bumstead performs This Island of Me, tales of migration and the imagined.

11.50 – 12.00, Foyle Room
Periscope from Manchester:
Artist and curator Jen Wu on art and political activism and the ARC project.

12.00 – 12.30, Clore Learning Studio
Artist Jon Adams performs Games with the Water Horse

12.00 – 12.20, Foyle Room @Sophwoolley
Periscope from Cape Town:
Siyaziwa reporters turned actors challenge stereotypes in an interview with deaf cyber broadcaster writer and performer Sophie Woolley

12.30 – 12.40, Sunley Gallery
Performance of Disarm by Pedro Reyes




3.30 – 5.00, Clore Learning Studio
Alina Serban, performance of I Declare at My Own Risk

3.40 – 3.50
Artist Richard Parry and curator Mark Waugh discuss the art market and algorithms

4.10 – 4.30, Foyle Room
On Periscope from North Carolina: @SheenaRoseart
Artist Sheena Rose discusses social media, multiple identities and contemporary subjectivity

4.30 – 4.40, Foyle Room
On Periscope from Mexico City
Curator Blanca De La Torre discusses curating and the global art world

4.40 – 4.50, Foyle Room
On Periscope from Chicago:
Robin Deacon discusses his recent show ‘White Balance’, memory and manipulation

4.50 – 5.00, Foyle Room
On Periscope from New York:
FakeRichard Prince performs ‘Erased Nurse’ @FakeRichardPrince

5.00 – 5.20, beach
Performance by artist Richard Parry