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Alfredo Cramerotti: Modes of Curating / Curating as Research @ Valletta 2018 International Curatorial School, Malta

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Thoughts.Coaching, Tools.Coaching by alcramer on August 27, 2017

Valletta Campus of the University of Malta

28 August – 1 September 2017

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Conceiving and understanding “research” as a form of curating – namely, organizing
connections and defining touchstones in contemporary visual culture by means of my
work as a writer, speaker and project organizer – the 5-day curatorial course will focus on developing a discourse, or a statement through works of art, which of course can also overwhelm or enhance the project’s rationale.

As curator, I act as meta-artist; the work undertaken is less about the “what” and
more about the “how”.

PART ONE
Keynote speech: Beyond and Besides Me: The Curator as Meta-Artist.

Presentation of three curatorial drafts recently delivered: Michael Takeo Magruder’s “De-Coding the Apocalypse” at the King’s College Cultural Institute London (2014/15); Marinella Senatore’s “The School of Narrative Dance” at MOSTYN (2016); and Shezad Dawood’s “Leviathan” at Palazzina Canonica Venice (2017). An insight into the themes and approaches to these exhibitions, the conversations with the artists, the “research outcomes” in relation to space, mediation and diffusion as a form of research.

PART TWO
Research Module 1: The Social, Humanitarian, Historical, Scientific as Art.

What does beauty has to do with, for instance, migration, climate change, social cohesion, mental or physical conditions? What is our understanding of aesthetics
in relation to ethics? How do we tackle themes that lend themselves awkwardly to a
presentation in the (critical) visual realm?

PART THREE
Research Module 2: The act of thinking, planning, resourcing,
delivering, closing and finalising your next exhibition or curatorial project.

Speculations. Three type of curating (from Cook / Graham):

Project making as exchange / trade show: the modular model, based on one incarnation of a multilevel event structure / platform with the possibility to scale up / down elements of the project without affecting its overall coherence (curator as filter / stylistic editor)

Project making as broadcast: the distributed model, based on “exhibitions” where different curators create their own infrastructure / agency or occupy existing platforms to circulate art and the process of curating itself (curator as node / translator).

Project making as software program / data flow: the iterative model, based on change from one venue to another (or one exhibition to another) each time – growing around a selection of key works (curator as maker / producer / managing editor)

PART FOUR
The Pitch (one day): Poster(ing)

An “exhibition of ideas” where curators can get an inkling of what has been taking place in other workshops. A collective poster session during which participants present a diagrammatic idea of their individual concept / project to each other, and particularly to participants and curators in other groups, informed by both feedback and speculations of the days before.

The Valletta 2018 International Curatorial School, Malta is organized by Raphael Vella with the participation of Alfredo Cramerotti, Sebastian Cichocki, Mick Wilson, Bassam El Baroni, Fulya Erdemci, and Maren Richter.

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Matteo Fato (SOMERSAULT) | curated by Alfredo Cramerotti | Opening: 22.07.2017 h.18.30 | Galleria Michela Rizzo

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on July 20, 2017

Matteo Fato
(SOMERSAULT) 

Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti 

Galleria Michela Rizzo | Venice, Italy 

Opening: 22.07.2017, h.18.30

 23.07 – 09.09.2017 

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In the past our technologically conceived artifacts structured living patterns. We are now in transition from an object-oriented to a systems-oriented culture. Here change emanates, not from things, but from the way things are done.

(Jack Burnham, System Esthetics, 1968)

 

Burnham, an art critic and curator, wrote the passage above for an essay in Artforum magazine back in 1968; processes of change take time indeed. In the case of visual culture, and the physical environment underpinning it, the system is both the space (for work) and the material (of the work); concerning with method and form together. 

A “visual system” sits at the crossroad between image, thought, word and time; it exemplifies the mutability (and complexity) of life. A visual medium then brings about not only the message, but the psychic state that enable us to understand that message: “A mental structure, a way of thinking and feeling that expresses itself in everything we say, write, build and develop, from architecture and advertising to film and fine art.”

The presumed coherence of visual practice is constantly called into question by coupling with other system of visual fabrication, communication or representation (text, painting, impression, graphic design, photography, light projection, object construction and oral commentary). It is an environment made of relation-building amongst sign and signal, people and objects. Our visual actions extract meaning upon which build further relations and effects, either autonomously or through conscious arrangements. In Burnham’s words, “Where the object almost always has a fixed shape and boundaries, the consistency of a system may be altered in time and space, its behavior determined both by external conditions and its mechanisms of control.”

We live now according to a system of visual editing; we became a wider, complex “system” in which users double as creators.

On systems, Alfredo Cramerotti

Open Call: HYPERIMAGING! IMAGES IN AND OUT OUR SCREENS

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on July 15, 2017

“Gjon Mili” 2017

Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti

Assistant curator: Atdhe Mulla

Artistic Liaison: Alexis Brocchi

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Rationale

We refer to images, or the act of creating images, to act socially, politically and even privately. As a consequence of the digital age of photography, the way we are involved in image making is continuous:we can confer it a specific professional or artistic function, or embed it in they way we shape our existence.

When digital images are imposing themselves as a visual translation of the self, the understanding of photography is striving to go away from standard representational practices. Images compose a visual timeline, comparable to a textual linear narrative, where the grammar is made of our shopping lists, chats, social media’s comments or work emails.

Although these images are not coherent when considered together and are produced for different reasons, they become knowledge ‘chunks’ that visually translate different contexts into what we wish others to think of us. They can therefore be understood as a pictorial alphabet, where the possibilities of communicating are infinite and universal, freed from constraints related to textual translation. The result is a flow of visual forms and meanings that are interchangeable, independently from the situations in which they were generated and consumed.

The 2017 “Gjon Mili” Biennial & Award wants to query this hypothesis; focusing on image-making in the digital era, it wants to test if ‘visual authorship’ today is still associated with holding a specific position through the idea of representation, or rather is about delving into an ever-changing process that never produces a ‘finished’ work to display.

Beyond a classic photographic exhibition, the 2017 “Gjon Mili” Biennial & Award will therefore exhibit an expanded narrative of photography through photo-objects, installations, projections, visual data streams and ‘moving wallpapers’ that will put the curatorial rationale to test, and will engage the audience on a path to discovery, self-reflection and open enquiry about the status of visual culture in the beginning of the 21st century. –Alfredo Cramerotti

Access the full GJON MILI Open Call description here

Application documents:

  • Image and /or concept that reflect the curatorial concept
  • Application form ( available at the NGK or by emailin grequest at info@galeriakombetare.com), portfolio and biography.
  • . The most successful work will receive “Gjon Mili “award in value of 1000 euros.

Note:

  • Finished works are not accepted for the application;
  • The works submitted must not be exhibited in the past in NGK;
  • Applications to be addressed in aclosed envelope to:

“Galeria Kombëtare e Kosovës, Rr. Agim Ramadani 360, 10000, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo”  received before end of working hours on  20.07.2017

  • For more information contact Lirije Buliqi at +38138 225 627

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NEW SEASON at MOSTYN

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on July 4, 2017

MOSTYN Open 20


We are pleased to invite you and your guests to the opening of MOSTYN Open 20.

The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced.

FRIDAY 7 JULY 2017 – 6:30pm onwards

Everyone is welcome.

 

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EXHIBITION DATES

08/07/2017 – 05/11/2017

Selected artists:

Sarah Bernhardt, David Berweger, Rudi Bogaerts, John Bourne, Manuel Caldeira, Alex Edwards, Matteo Fato, Joe Fletcher Orr, David Garner, Mitchell Kehe, Eli Keszler, Ilona Kiss, Jadranka Kosorcic, Catherine Large, Alyona Larionova, Sophie Lee, Gal Leshem, Jessica Lloyd-Jones, Oliver McConnie, Laura Malacart, Tom Milnes, Yelena Popova, Louise Short, Andrew Stooke, Tom Verity, Gernot Wieland, Driant Zeneli.

Selectors


Lydia Yee (Prif Guradur, Oriel Whitechapel, Llundain / Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery)

Chus Martínez (Curadur a Phennaeth Sefydliad Celf, FHNW, Academi Celf a Dylunio, Basel / Curator and Head of the Institute of Art, FHNW Academy of Arts and Design, Basel)

Alfredo Cramerotti (Cyfarwyddwr / Director, MOSTYN)

Adam Carr (Curadur y Rhaglen Celf Weledol / Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN).

 

A further prize of £1,000 – the Audience Award – is determined by the artist receiving the most votes from the visiting public during the exhibition’s run. So, come along and vote for your favourite work.

More Information Here

 Gallery 6


Sarah Ross-Thompson

The Quiet Landscape

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More Information Here

Coming Soon


 

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From our partners


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Biennial arts prize for Welsh visual artists 35 and under. 

FREE entry before 21st July 2017

Prizes and bursaries to win.

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Friday | 12 May No Way Out. Notes on the Philosophical Implications of the Concept of Anthropocene with Franco “Bifo” Berardi in conversation with Sandro Carniel (CNR – ISMAR)

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on May 11, 2017

Friday | 12 May 2017

5pm

No Way Out. Notes on the Philosophical Implications of the Concept of Anthropocene with Franco “Bifo” Berardi in conversation with Sandro Carniel (CNR – ISMAR). Introduced and moderated by Alfredo Cramerotti.

Palazzina Canonica
Riva dei Sette Martiri, 1364
Vaporetto Giardini

See full schedule below

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Friday | 12 May My Art Guides Venice Meeting Point “An Ocean Archive” Symposium

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on May 11, 2017

Friday | 12 May 2017

3pm

My Art Guides Venice Meeting Point “An Ocean Archive” Symposium 

NAVY OFFICER’S CLUB
ARSENALE, VENICE

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Thursday | 11 May Lost Identities Cristina Cattaneo (Labanof) with Prefetto Vittorio Piscitelli (Commissario Straordinario per le Persone Scomparse)

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on May 10, 2017

Thursday | 11 May 2017

3:30pm

Lost Identities Cristina Cattaneo (Labanof) with Prefetto Vittorio Piscitelli (Commissario Straordinario per le Persone Scomparse). Introduced and moderated by Alfredo Cramerotti
Palazzina Canonica
Riva dei Sette Martiri, 1364
Vaporetto Giardini

See full schedule below

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Thursday | 11 May Leviathan: A Beginning. Shezad Dawood in conversation with Alfredo Cramerotti

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on May 10, 2017

Thursday | 11 May 2017

2pm

Leviathan: A Beginning. Shezad Dawood in conversation with Alfredo Cramerotti

Palazzina Canonica
Riva dei Sette Martiri, 1364
Vaporetto Giardini

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Shezad Dawood, Leviathan Cycle (production stills), 2017. HD video. Courtesy of the artist and UBIK Productions.

Mladen Bizumic Kodak Employed 140,000 People. Instagram 13.

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 7, 2017

22 October – 5 February 2017

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Part of MOSTYN’s ongoing ‘Conversation Series’ the exhibition centres on the company Kodak, a primary point of exposure in Bizumic’s work, and pictures the transition from film-based photography to digital imaging.

Through photography and sculpture the work traces a timeline of Kodak’s development, from its founding in 1880 to its subsequent demise in 2012 when the company filed for bankruptcy. The history of photography and of technology’s progression and obsolescence, alongside a chronological parallel of corporate hubris, is captured by Bizumic. These issues act as a lens through which to consider much larger concepts – how the capturing of images, and the technology that enables this, influences not only aesthetic, social and economic relations, but also the resulting effects when they are replaced and taken out of the picture.

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Mladen Bizumic, 2016 installation at MOSTYN. Photo: Dewi Lloyd

Alfredo Cramerotti – Director, MOSTYN and Adam Carr – Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN talk about the latest in the ‘Conversation Series*’ of exhibitions, showing from 22nd October 2016 until 5th February 2017

 

Daily Post: End of an era for Llandudno post office

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 7, 2017

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/end-era-llandudno-post-office-12240188

As postal services move to a new venue in the town, former workers share fond memories of the Vaughan Street site

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The mail being wheeled along the road outside Bunneys Corner in Mostyn Street Llandudno

For more than a hundred years the grand post office on Vaughan Street served the people of Llandudno.

Its closure just weeks ago marked the end of an era for the seaside town – now customers will have to use the service in WHSmith on Mostyn Street.

The old post office was opened in 1902 next to MOSTYN art gallery.

Following its demise the gallery has put on an exhibition about the postal service, with workers sharing their stories alongside work by contemporary artists.

Ken Jones, one of the last telegram boys in the town took part in the We’ve Got Mail III exhibition.

He became a postman just as the seven-week strike began in 1971 – part of his job was to help clear the huge backlog of mail when the protest was over.

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Items on show in Mostyn from the old post office

Ken told the Daily Post: “I’d left school when I was 15 and followed my dad John Henry Jones into the Royal Mail.

“He also started as a telegram boy in Llandudno, and when he was older he was transferred to Llangollen.

“He used to tell us stories about how he was given a dozen eggs and cups of tea on his rounds.”

Ken clearly enjoyed working for Royal Mail for 42 years.

When a telegram arrived from the Queen for a 100th birthday, postmen had to phone Buckingham Palace to confirm it had been delivered to the recipient.

“I had a telegram for an address in Craigside, Llandudno, which was strange as I knew the house was empty,” remembers Ken.

Ken knocked at the door and an old lady answered.

“She told me that she’d asked her residential home to let her wake up in her own bed for her 100 birthday.” said Ken.

Another memorable day for Ken was when he was driving around Penrhynside a little too fast.

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Gwyn Hughes (pictured) learnt to ride a bicycle on the one used by his uncle Thomas Ieuan Hughes when he was a telegram boy. Gwyn remembers riding on the red bike through the cornfields near Llanrhos

“The thing with Penrhynside is that it’s a small village with many chapels and a couple of pubs.

“Whenever one of the chapels went on one of their annual day trips to Blackpool or somewhere those that went wrote postcards to the rest of the village so I was stuck delivering all these postcards even though they’d only been to Southport for the day.

“One Saturday I was in the Royal Mail van and was speeding a little too fast around the narrow lanes of Penrhynside as I wanted to get home to play football.

“I lost control and ended up putting the van on top of somebody’s roof.

“The owner was in the bath at the time and had a bit of a shock.”

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Post office whist drive and dance at the St Georges Hotel in 1937

Ken said he enjoyed the camaraderie of working for the service.

He said: “One of the funniest days was when we had a damaged packet that turned out to be full of live locusts, they were destined for an owner of a snake.

“And even though all the locusts had gone, I still had to deliver the package.

“When the person asked what had happened to them, I told him he was very welcome to come down to the sorting office and catch them, as they were hanging off the ceiling lights and jumping all over the place.”

Coverage of We’ve Got Mail III Exhibition in Print:

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