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26 October 2018 /
Performing Otherness: a Postcolonial Approach to Francoist Spain
26 October 2018
9am - 5pm Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh/ EH3 9DF

This international symposium opens up discussion of Spanish art and culture in relation to the construction of discourses of coloniality in 20th-century Spain, especially in the Francoist period. It attempts to identify methodological approaches that would allow us to understand the consolidation of hegemonic colonial discourses and how they continue in Spain today. This examination involves an analysis of constructs of Otherness in two directions – inwards and outwards. On the one hand, how did artists, performers, writers, or other cultural brokers, based in Spain, exoticise other cultures as well as their own culture as part of official rhetoric (e.g. state-funded exhibitions relating to colonial territories in Africa; translations of Chinese texts/images, state administration of rural Spain). On the other hand, the analysis is concerned with Spanish (self-)representation as Other within international contexts (eg. Picasso in African attire; flamenco in imagery for tourism/political campaigns; Hispanic Studies as a political contestation to the dictatorship).

Organisation: María Iñigo Clavo (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) of the R&D Research Group “Experiences of the Political in Francoist Spain” (MINECO) with Claudia Hopkins and Kirsty Stewart in the School of History of Art, University of Edinburgh.

04/07 October 2018

ART LICKS WEEKEND 2018: Five Years: One Thousand Years Of Things

Marking Five Years’ 20th anniversary, 1000 Years of Things is a show about material and its accumulation, about the stuff that accretes to a project over a long period of time: documentation, recordings, publicity material, paperwork, publications, bank statements and bills, correspondence. In the case of Five Years this material hasn’t been sufficiently organized or historicized to constitute an archive – its form is disordered and dispersed, in scattered cupboards and shoe boxes, much of it stored on outdated media. Spanning 200 exhibitions and projects, a selection of this material will be presented publicly both inside and outside of the gallery. Artists and collectives, Five Years members and previous exhibitors will be invited to add to, edit and activate the collection. Performing with and within it, collaging it with new items and other collections, mixing its chronology to create new shared lines of interest, we will present our archive as a stage on which earlier projects can be reassessed and new players added. Challenging the concept of an archive as a hidden space or a place of stasis and power, we hope to generate new agency by thawing items frozen in time.

Five Years was founded as an organisation in 1998 and its activities were initially based at spaces in Underwood Street, Hoxton – a location that was also home to other artists’ projects including 30 Underwood Street Gallery and Bank. From the outset Five Years intention has been to maintain a long-term working context and physical environment guided by principals of organisational co-operation, while supporting the sometimes conflicting drives of creative autonomy, artistic colllaboration, dialogue and the exchange of ideas. To an extent it has functioned as a sustained experiment in whether individual artistic agency and dissenting perspectives on cultural production can be supported in an open and non-competitive structure. Over the course of two decades it has presented 200 exhibitions and events at 3 primary venues and has involved 25 members, functioning without individual directorship or regular funding, operating in the zones of marginality and precarity. Its continued existence is as much about its ethics as its activities, which have a symbiotic relationship to one another. Five Years defines itself as an artists’ organisation rather than an artist-run organisation: its purpose is to facilitate, support and make public its members’ projects and by extension the projects of those artists invited by its members to contribute to the programme – the physical gallery space is a shared resource, a tool rather than a gallery ‘run’ by the artist in the role of curator or director. Five Years intention is not to play a secondary or supportive role to the commercial or established institutional sectors, as a ‘springboard’ for so-called ‘emerging’ artists: it has endeavoured to create an environment where serious experimentation and artistic development can be sustained over long periods of time with relative autonomy.


01 May 2018

Punainen Toukokuu/Red May is a celebratory exhibition, simultaneous with Vappu at Alkovi in the neighborhood of Kallio. Kino Club and Reading Group are collaborating on a public performance for the opening of the exhibition. The performance will involve music and video screening followed by serving soup to the public. This will be the second year in which Red May exhibition happens in Alkovi.

The exhibition is supported by Kuvataideakatemia

Screenings:
#1 SEMAPHORE – Flatchestedmama
#2 SCREENINGS – Kasra Rahmanian
#3 WHY DON’T YOU SPEAK FINNISH? – Fatmir Mustafa-Karllo
#4 MEDIATED PRESENCE/ PERFORMANCE – Ksenia Yurkova
#5 GO BACK GO LEFT – Arash Akhlaqi
#6 SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN, (YOU BETTER WATCH OUT) #3 – Hami Bahadori
#7 WHO WILL SURVIVE IN AMERICA – Rosa Maria
#8 CHINOISE2018 – Jani A. Purhonen
#9 THE COST OF PRIVACY – Jessica Escobar
#10 61217 – Verneri Salonen
#11 ??? – Jo Kjaergaard
#12 PERUNA SAARI. KANAVA – Sashapasha
#13 RED PRESENCE – Esther Planas
http://www.thismightnotwork.org/red-presence/

02 Feb 2018
Please join us at Raven Row next 2 Feb 2018!! An evening of performances, readings and screenings to consolidate the protest at Bowater House against Taylor Wimpey’s Denizen Development. With the participation of: Mark Aerial Waller, Stewart Home, Lloyd Corporation in collaboration with Nina Wakeford, Tom McCarthy, Anna Minton, Katrina Palmer, Chris Petit, Esther Planas, Bill Parry-Davies, Iain Sinclair, Claire Louise Staunton and students from Goldsmiths MA Visual Sociology.

There will be an exhibition and sale of artwork related to the protest. Including contributions by Anthony Auerbach, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Zoe Brown, Justin Coombes, Sarah Dobai, Chris Dorley-Brown, Katherine Fawcett, Arturo Soto Gutierrez and Eva Stenram. All proceeds from the sale will go towards the campaign.

Further details will follow.

01 Jan 2018 performing borders conversations on live art | crossings | europe conversation with
Esther Planas

05October/30December/ Spectres of Modernism:Artists Against Overdevelopment/++“A spectre is haunting the cynical overdevelopment that characterises London’s buy to leave property boom, the spectre of modernism!” #savegoldenlane. Curated by Clare Caroline info:https://spectresofmodernism.wordpress.com/

10 June/School of Calidity next at ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW 10 to 16 June/ London
"Antiuniversity Now is a collaborative experiment to revisit and reimagine the 1968 Antiuniversity of London in an ongoing programme of of free and inclusive self-organised radical education events."
info: http://www.antiuniversity.org/

16 May to 20 June Re_Visions. 10 years of video at BCN Producció at La Capella, Barcelona
info: http://lacapella.bcn.cat/en/exposicions/revisions-10-years-video-bcn-producci%C3%B3

This retrospective celebrates work produced under the first ten years of "Producció BCN"

The BCN Producció programe was launched in 2006 with the aim of incentivizing the production of contemporary art, as well as the participation of artists and professionals from the field, through an open call and a selection of projects carried out by independent jury members. This cycle of screenings seeks to review the works that were produced in video format during the program’s ten editions, which represent a high percentage of the total number of projects that Barcelona Producció has contributed to. The works display a wide array of characteristics and intentions; some were conceived as a single-channel project, with a clearly narrative intention and following “conventional” viewer codes; others were planned in the form of installations, to be part of a larger exhibition proposal; others still are the result of performative projects that, in being recorded, resulted in a video piece that on the one hand documents and on the other transcends the time boundaries of a live action. https://loop-barcelona.com/activity/re-visions/

28 April over May 2017 RED MAY Seattle at INCA plus This Might Not Work
http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/04/26/25108721/interview-with-the-founder-of-the-super-lefty-festival-red-may
RED MAY:


21 March 2017 Publication :
Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto is a digital publication that reclaims the importance of incorporating an affective dimension to the public sphere that psychoanalysis and feminism have historically made; investigating its possibilities to function as a space of resistance against the policies of neoliberal subjectivation. Avoiding idealizations and recognizing that affects can also have a normalizing function, the publication brings together texts and visual interventions by artists and researchers in whose practice the affective experience emerges as the basis of critical analysis: Valentina Desideri, Andrea Francke, Valeria Graziano, Gelen Jeleton, Mathew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Esther Planas and Florencia Portocarrero.
“Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto”, presentación de Florencia Portocarrero (Proyecto AMIL, Lima)

Florencia Portocarrero (Lima, 1981) investigadora, escritora y curadora independiente. Escribe regularmente en la revista internacional ‘Artishock’ y ha contribuido en numerosos catálogos y publicaciones. En Lima es co-fundadora y co-directora del espacio independiente Bisagra y Curadora del Programa Público de Proyecto AMIL.

01December 2016/ Paessagio /Blauerhase


10/13 November 2016/ Contingency and Praxis : Eme3 at COAC ( Colegio de Arquitectos de Catalunya) Guest editor and participant with Escuela de Calor: http://eme3.org/2016/eme3_2016/escuela-de-calor/?lang=en


26 September 2016 Interview at METAL mag/blog: http://metalmagazine.eu/en/post/editorial/esther-planas-el-punk-no-ha-muerto


9 March Aformal Academy published online: http://www.aformalacademy.org/wp/2016/03/12/020-esther-planas-escuela-de-calor/