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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam announces Public Program for winter/spring 2014

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam announces Public Program for winter/spring 2014

The Public Program of the Stedelijk Museum functions as a hybrid platform within the museum—a stage for both young and emerging artists, curators, critics, and scholars to present their latest work and research. Fully integrated into the Stedelijk’s program at large, the Public Program presents a broad spectrum of performance, exhibition, film, music, dance, and discursive events that invite the museum’s publics to join the conversation about the latest developments in contemporary art and design.

Following the overwhelming success of the Public Program in 2013, the Stedelijk continues to expand and explore the potential of public programming and time-based arts in the museum in 2014. The Public Program of early 2014 will focus on such themes as the narrative of “land” as an element in colonial and postcolonial discourses; the role of the scripts in contemporary performance; the influence of the historical Russian avant-garde on the neo-avant-gardes; how the notion of vertical cinema is welcomed by artists and filmmakers for exploring new practices in video and film art; and speculations on the future school of curating.

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Highlights, Public Program winter/spring 2014:

“Landings: Confrontation and Confession“
January 11–12, 2014
“Landings” will explore the role of land as a narrative form—engaging its terrain, resources, colonization, and cultural circulation, while also outlining the geographic imperative of capital. The program spans two days of lectures, artist talks, film screenings, a temporary display, and a performance with contributors including Angela Melitopoulos with Angela Anderson, Otobong Nkanga, Elizabeth Povinelli, and Willem de Rooij. Landings: Confrontation and Confession is curated by Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl upon invitation of the Stedelijk’s Public Program.

“Aftermath and Afterlife of the Russian Avant-garde”
January 16–17, 2014
This two-day symposium, which takes place in the context of the major exhibition Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-garde, focuses on the interrelations between the dismantling and repression of the avant-garde in the 1920s and 1930s in Russia and the subsequent revival and canonization of the avant-garde narrative in both the Western hemisphere and post-Soviet Russia. Speakers include Linda Boersma, John Bowlt, Christina Kiaer, Christina Lodder, Susan E. Reid, Jane Sharp, and Alexandra Shatskikh.

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Sonic Acts: Vertical Cinema
February 20–23, 2014
During four consecutive days, ten large-scale commissioned film works by internationally renowned experimental filmmakers and audiovisual artists will be presented on 35 mm celluloid and projected vertically with a custom-built projector in the monumental staircase of the Stedelijk. The participating artists are Joost Rekveld, Tina Frank, Björn Kämmerer, Gert-Jan Prins & Martijn van Boven, Manuel Knapp, Johann Lurf, Rosa Menkman, Billy Roisz & Dieter Kovačič, Makino Takashi & Telcosystems, and Esther Urlus. The screening program is complemented by a series of in-depth lectures from internationally renowned curators, theoreticians, and artists working the field of expanded cinema.

Stage It! (Part 3) – SCRIPTED
April 2014
The third and final installment of the Stage It! performance series explores notions of theatricality in contemporary performance, with particular emphasis on the phenomenon of scripted performance. The use of script, as opposed to more non-narrative and “improvised” forms of performance, radically changes the status of performance as a singular, time-based event. Re-enactment seems to be implied whenever a script in used in performance. Moreover, the presence of a script also points toward a shifting interpretation of the artist’s own body in performance (and the function of other bodies of actors, amateur and professional performers, etc.), as well as opens up new questions with regard to performance acquisition and exhibition. Artists Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Brendan Fernandes, Pil & Galia Kollektiv, and Michael Portnoy investigate these issues, with respect to their own respective performance practices.

Other highlights:
–stedelijk|performance: Emily Roysdon – By Any Other Name, February 13, 2014 (in collaboration with If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution)
–stedelijk|symposium: The Future School of Curating, January 30, 2014 (in collaboration with De Appel arts centre), with Bassam el Baroni, Christine Eyene, Mariá Hlavajová, Vesna Madzoski, Victoria Walsh, Jonas Zakaitis, and many others
–stedelijk|symposium: Collecting Geographies – Global Programming and Museums of Modern & Contemporary Art, March 13–15, 2014, with Kader Attia, Daniel Birnbaum, James Clifford, Annie Coombies, Sarat Maharaj, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, and many others
–stedelijk|performance: Hito Steyerl – The Museum is a Battlefield, spring 2014

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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10
The Netherlands