TrAIN Open Lecture - José Roca - ESSAYS IN GEOPOETICS: THE NOTION OF TERRITORY CRITICALLY REDEFINED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ARTISTIC PRACTICE

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TrAIN Open Lecture – José Roca – ESSAYS IN GEOPOETICS: THE NOTION OF TERRITORY CRITICALLY REDEFINED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ARTISTIC PRACTICE

This event is free and open to all but places are limited so please RSVP to the TrAIN Administrator, Ellie (e.pitkin@arts.ac.uk).

José Roca (Barranquilla, 1962) is a Colombian curator working out of Bogotá and Philadelphia. For a decade he managed the arts program at the Banco de la República in Bogotá, establishing it as one of the most respected institutions in the Latin American circuit. Roca was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004); the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006); the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07 (2007); and of the Bienal de Arte Paiz in Guatemala (2010), and was the Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international Triennial celebrating print in contemporary art, among many other exhibitions and events. Roca served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007). He is currently chief curator of the 8 Bienal do Mercosul, scheduled to open in September 2011 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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Essays on Geopoetics: the 8 Mercosul Biennial
The curatorial project for the 8th iteration of the Mercosul biennial, which takes place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, departed from simple questions: is it possible to conceive a large art biennial in which the model is not primarily exhibitionary? Can or should a biennial create or consolidate local infrastructure? Who is the real public for a third-world biennial? Using the notion of nation both as a thematic framework and as a strategy for curatorial action, the project aimed to answer through seven distinct components. Reflecting on territory and its critical redefinition from an artistic viewpoint, the 8th Biennial wanted to show alternatives to the conventional idea of nation and discuss activist cartographies, the relationships between political and geographical conditions, routes of circulation and exchange of symbolic capital, citizenship in non-urban areas, the political status of fictional nations and the relationship between art, travel and colonisation.
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Upcoming Open Lectures
Wednesday 2nd November – Jonathan Harris – The Utopian Globalists: Artists of Worldwide Revolution 1919-2009.
Wednesday 16th November – Sabeth Buchmann – Economies of Gender: about the relation of art, architecture, and media culture in Dorit Margreiter’s work
Wednesday 30th November – Sophie O’Brien and Michael Asbury – Lygia Pape: Magnetised Space at the Serpentine Gallery
Wednesday 25th January (co-hosted with Graduate School) – Dr Ethel Brooks, Fullbright Visiting Distinguished Chair (in partnership with the Tate Gallery)
Wednesday 8th February – Guy Brett and Chris Dercon – Remembering Hélio Oiticica’s 1992 Retrospective
Wednesday 7th March – Jacopo Scriveli – Just the Walking: drifting as artistic practice from the ’60s until today
Wednesday 25th April – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 9th May – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 23rd May – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 6th June – Luis Camnitzer – Title TBC

This event is free and open to all but places are limited so please RSVP to the TrAIN Administrator, Ellie (e.pitkin@arts.ac.uk).

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