21/09/2018 || Language: From Practice to Action Workshops Open Call


Language: from Practice to Action
by The Season of Learning

curated by Maija Rudovska and Inga Lāce
September 28-30, 2018, Riga


Apply through the website: www.seasonoflearning.lv until 21 September 2018.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2100964453552373/

Language: From Practice to Action is the first event in a series of seasonal alternative education activities under the title The Season of Learning, developed to foster critical thinking and discussion about the field of contemporary art and the processes and politics surrounding it in the Baltics and beyond.

Taking the form of a symposium and a set of workshops, the event will focus on language in its broadest sense: as a means of communication that can either bridge communities and individual interactions or bring conversation to a deadlock, a tool to exercise power over the marginalized but also an instrument for possible emancipation of communities or locations.

Specific patterns of language and approaches of communication tend to repeat whenever the so-called ‘local art scenes meet with the ‘international art world. Such interactions, although certainly welcomed and even desired, nevertheless demand a closer investigation of their means and ways. Traditionally, Western institutional structures with their discursive ideologies exercise certain languages of power towards supposedly inferior groups.

What is this language, and how does it appear in the field of contemporary art? How visible or invisible is it, and what kind of consequences does this visibility or lack thereof entail? Where does responsibility lie: that of the curator, of the institution, of the local art community itself? How can we craft a healthy, mutual conversation based on equality among the involved parties? How can we look at these questions in Riga, in the Baltics, and beyond? How can we imagine possible alternative scenarios from communication to action?


Ieva Astahovska, iLiana Fokianaki, Santa Hirša, Victoria Ivanova, Katia Krupennikova, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Kristel Raesaar, Margaret Tali.


Language of Censorship
Katia Krupennikova and Santa Hirša
Venue: Art Academy of Latvia
Date: September 28

Fantasy Practices
Anne Szefer Karlsen
Venue: 427 Gallery
Date: September 28

Flow: Art and Finance
Victoria Ivanova and Kristel Raesaar
Venue: Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Date: September 29 - 30

How to do things with words under neoliberalism
Ieva Astahovska and Margaret Tali
Venue: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art
Date: September 29 - 30

Public events

Presentations of participants and moderated discussion
Venue: Kaņepes Culture Centre
Date: September 28

Talk by iLiana Fokianaki
Venue: Kaņepes Culture Centre
Date: September 30


Language: from Practice to Action is part of the Season of Learning project, implemented by the network platform Blind Carbon Copy. Blind Carbon Copy is a network platform for curators and art practitioners from the Baltic and Nordic countries that initiates and supports exchange, connections and education via network infrastructures and interrelationships. More information on the platform and its former projects http://blindcarboncopy.org/


Source: www.seasonoflearning.lv