alcramer [Alfredo Cramerotti]

Curatorial School Malta | Guest Speaker: Alfredo Cramerotti: Curating and Contemporary Art as Social Practices

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on September 3, 2018

Curatorial School Malta

September 2018

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Alfredo Cramerotti: Curating and Contemporary Art as Social Practices

What I do as a curator is to develop and present statements through the combination of works of art and/or artistic practices that, in my view, ‘connect the dots’ about this or that social, cultural, political or aesthetics matter.

In this context, I have found myself working in a pattern of modes. Sometimes taking a more authorial role and developing concepts and frameworks, some others becoming a conduit for ideas not mine, but translated and transformed by the visual authors. Some other times, facilitating what was already there, and simply heightening the impact or making sure the audience’s experience was in focus. Thus, as a curator, the work undertaken is less about the “what” and more about the “how”.

 

PART ONE

Keynote: “Conditional Readiness” The Curator and Artist as Social Shaper.

Abstract:

The main idea to discuss is that what a cultural practice does through the audience’s simultaneous experiences shifts from what is represented and originally intended, to a relational-driven form of interaction. This contact stabilizes, only temporarily, a form of mediation that triggers provisional meaning.

We can roughly equate the agency of art with being prepared for something, a “conditional readiness” (MacKay 1969), which implies that one’s understanding of a message is not limited to what to do (in response to it), but is expanded to include what one is ready to do if certain circumstances arise; more an unconscious preparation for an exploration rather than a conscious setting off for a journey.

Meaning is produced neither by the ‘sender’ nor by the ‘receiver’ of the message; it is formed by a readiness to relate to external factors, in terms of ‘performability.’ The agency of art (both in its making and its curating state) therefore arises less from the act of contextualizing and interpreting what we see, and more from the internalized suggestions for possible actions to take; what this performance fosters is a context where we interpret and ‘make sense’ of artistic acts by what they do, the functional aspect.

Examples include a presentation of a few artistic and/or curatorial practices delivered by Cramerotti such as the Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial 2013 and MOSTYN’s History Series Audience Development Programme 2014-17; and artist’s work such as that of Fernando Garcia-Dory, Sarah Pierce, Wochenklausur, the Craftivism movement initiated by Sarah Corbett, Assemble, and others.

 

PART TWO

Workshop: The Social, Humanitarian, Historical, Scientific as Art.

Day 1 – Participants are invited to develop and present to the group their answers to a set of questions, such as: What does beauty has to do with, for instance, climate change, migration, mental or physical conditions? What is our understanding of aesthetics in relation to ethics? How do we tackle social themes that lend themselves awkwardly to a presentation in the (critical) visual realm?

Day 2 – Starting with case studies such as the Maldives Pavilion and other experiences by the participants, the group will relate their respective projects and highlight what worked and what did not, and why.

Day 3 & Day 4– Based on the brief proposals sent in advance, participants are invited to present to the group their next project plan (exhibition, residency, online platform, public programme, architectural or design commission, educational initiative, symposium, workshop, etc.). This will be a practical, project management-focused ‘tool kit’ that can be used to refine their specific plans.

Day 5 – Alternative scenarios: Could each participant’s project be produced somehow else? Is its digital platform following the concept and the execution, or preceding it? Is the range of artworks / artists / partners / speakers leading to unexplored territories or consolidating an prefigured approach?

More information here.

MOSTYN x DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation): Upcoming Exhibitions

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on July 11, 2018

She sees the shadows
July 14–November 4, 2018

In Addition
Editions by artists
March 3, 2018–February 27, 2021

Louisa Gagliardi / Josephine Meckseper
Opening November 16, 2018

MOSTYN
12 Vaughan Street
Llandudno LL30 1AB
United Kingdom

www.mostyn.org
www.davidrobertsartfoundation.com

MOSTYN, Wales UK is pleased to present a group exhibition of works by over 40 contemporary artists from the David Roberts Collection, marking the first off-site collaboration by David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF).

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Magali Reus, Parking (Legs At Eye Level), 2014. Courtesy the Artist and David Roberts Collection. Photo: Plastiques.

She sees the shadows

Works by: Caroline Achaintre, Horst Ademeit, Fiona Banner, Sara Barker, Phyllida Barlow, Neil Beloufa, David Birkin, Karla Black, Carol Bove, Martin Boyce, Lea Cetera, Susan Collis, Thomas Demand, Jason Dodge, Boyle Family, Theaster Gates, Isa Genzken, Rodney Graham, Harry Gruyaert, Jeppe Hein, Marine Hugonnier, Pierre Huyghe, Matthew Day Jackson, Tatsuya Kimata, Rachel Kneebone, Elad Lassry, Bob Law, Nina Beier & Marie Lund, Kris Martin, Marlie Mul, Nika Neelova, Man Ray, Magali Reus, Pietro Roccasalva, Analia Saban, Erin Shirreff, Monika Sosnowska, Oscar Tuazon, Gavin Turk, Franz West, Douglas White

Curated by Adam Carr (MOSTYN) and Olivia Leahy (DRAF)
Gallery 3, 4 & 5

“She sees the shadows… she even counts the tree-trunks along a promenade by the shadows, but sees nothing of the shape of things.”(1)

In 1886, a 22-year-old woman in Lyon saw the world around her for the first time. Objects instantly recognisable by touch were hard to distinguish with her new sight, and shadows appeared more concrete than solid forms. Her doctors described the sudden strangeness of familiar environments, and her singular experience of the world as a newly-sighted person.

In his 1932 book Space and Sight, Marius Von Senden collated the patient’s experiences alongside testimonies of similar cases dating from 1020 to the present. These captivating accounts, which later inspired writers including Maggie Nelson and Annie Dillard, express how something familiar can show a previously unacknowledged beauty when seen in a new way.

She sees the shadows is a group exhibition of works from the David Roberts Collection that resonate with the ideas found in Space and Sight. Each artist has re-conceived day-to-day objects and materials in unexpected ways—a bench, plug socket, grate, section of railing or broom—inviting viewers to see alternative qualities and narratives therein.

Each of the works in a collection, like the testimonies compiled by Von Senden, speak of personal experiences and moments. She sees the shadows is accompanied by a new publication with responses to the project from writers Orit Gat, Claire Potter and Sally O’Reilly and artists David Birkin, Jason Dodge, Marine Hugonnier, Marlie Mul, Magali Reus and Douglas White.

(1) M. Von Senden (trans. P. Heath), Space and Sight: the perception of space and shape in the congenitally blind before and after operation, 1932, Methuen & Co. Ltd.: London, 1960.

 

In Addition

Participating artists from July 2018:
Nina Beier, Sol Calero, Gabriele de Santis, Alek O., Jonathan Monk, Simon Dybbroe Møller and Marinella Senatore
Gallery 2

Each participating artist has produced work using paper and has been asked to reconsider the traditional model of producing an edition, where each version of a work is identical. Although appearing formally similar, each In Addition piece will offer deviations and nuances that set apart each edition as a unique work, thereby playing with ideas of the original, the copy and work made in series.

In Addition is permanently installed as an exhibition in MOSTYN’s Gallery 2, and will change shape over time as editions are purchased and as further artists participate in the future. MOSTYN is a charity registered in the UK and proceeds from the sales of the editions will be invested back into the gallery’s exhibition and engagement programme.

 

Louisa Gagliardi / Josephine Meckseper

Gallery 3, 4 & 5

Opening November 16, 2018, solo exhibitions by Josephine Meckseper and Louisa Gagliardi, curated by Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, MOSTYN) and Adam Carr (Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN), which are the first for both artists in a UK public institution.

Shezad Dawood & Mike Perry // In Conversation at MOSTYN

Posted in nEws and rEleases, Uncategorized by alcramer on June 25, 2018

Saturday 23 June, 2018

MOSTYN

12 Vaughan St | Llandudno | LL30 1AB | UK

11am Exhibition Tour | 2:30pm Conversation with Artists

The two artists, currently showing at MOSTYN, each address contemporary issues around environmental sustainability and the impact of human activity on our natural world.

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Evgeny Antufiev Organic resistance: body and knife – crossing the border | Press Coverage

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 21, 2018

Upcoming Exhibitions at MOSTYN

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on March 1, 2018
MOSTYN
12 Vaughan Street
Llandudno LL30 1AB
United Kingdom
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Shezad Dawood Leviathan Cycle, Episode 1: Ben (production still) 2017 HD Video, 12’52”. Courtesy of the artist and UBIK Productions

Shezad Dawood

Leviathan
3 March1 July 2018

Leviathan is an episodic narrative around notions of borders, mental health and marine welfare issues of foremost concern, resonating profoundly with both coastal locations and contemporary life.

A ten-part film cycle that will unfold over the next three years, the work draws connections between human activity and marine ecology. Three films have already been premiered in Venice, in conjunction with the 57th Art Biennale, with a fourth to be released in early September 2018.

In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores interconnections between these fields of work and will be presented through sculpture, textiles, museum specimens, films, conversations and online resource material.

As part of the first iteration of Leviathan after its Venice debut, Dawood will also show a newly commissioned painting drawing upon this specific context, and work with community groups based on the coastal location asking questions about how these issues might come to evolve in a future 20 to 50 years from now, and what that future might look like.

The exhibition is curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, MOSTYN Director, in dialogue with the artist.

 

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Mike Perry

Land / Sea
3 March1 July 2018

Mike Perry’s work engages with significant and pressing environmental issues, in particular the tension between human activity and interventions in the natural environment, and the fragility of the planet’s ecosystems.

This major new exhibition brings together recent bodies of work addressing how the natural biodiversity of landscapes and marine environments is undermined and made toxic by human neglect, agricultural mismanagement and the pursuit of short-term profit at the expense of long-term sustainability.

Combining conceptual aesthetics with a pressing concern for the marine environment, Perry’s images shed a different light on the health of the seascapes one might see in tourist brochures.

Môr Plastig (welsh for ‘Plastic Sea’) is an ongoing body of work that classifies objects washed up by the sea into groupings; bottles, shoes, grids, abstracts, and others. By using a high-resolution camera to capture the surface detail, the artist allows the viewer to ‘read’ markings and scars etched into the objects by the ocean over months and, in some cases, years. The viewer is intrigued and challenged by how a polluting object can be so aesthetically appealing.

In Perry’s words, “in addition to seeing these pieces as symbols of over-consumption and disregard for the environment, I also see them as evidence of the beauty and power of nature to sculpt our world”.

Land/Sea is originally produced by Ffotogallery, Cardiff, and curated by David Drake, Ffotogallery, and Ben Borthwick, Plymouth Arts Centre. The exhibition in MOSTYN has been developed in dialogue with Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator, and Alfredo Cramerotti, Director. The accompanying publication includes contributions from the writers George Monbiot and Skye Sherwin.

 

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 Jonathan Monk, Picture Postcard Posted From Post Box Pictured, 2014.

In Addition

an exhibition of artist editions
3 March3 March 2018

Participating artists from March 2018:
Nina Beier, Sol Calero, Gabriele de Santis, Alek O., Jonathan Monk, and Marinella Senatore

 

We are pleased to present ‘In Addition’, a new edition series of works, by internationally renowned artists, available to purchase at an affordable price.
MOSTYN is a charity registered in the UK and proceeds from the sales of the editions will be invested back into the gallery’s exhibition and engagement programme.

Each participating artist has produced work using paper and has been asked to reconsider the traditional model of producing an edition, where each version of a work is identical. Although appearing formally similar, each In Addition piece will offer deviations and nuances that set apart each edition as a unique work, thereby playing with ideas of the original, the copy and work made in series.

In Addition will be permanently installed as an exhibition in MOSTYN’s Gallery 2 from March 2018, and will change shape over time as editions are purchased and as further artists participate in the future.

In Addition has been curated by Adam Carr (Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN).

A new Season of Exhibitions at MOSTYN

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on November 16, 2017

A New Season of Exhibitions at MOSTYN
FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2017 – 6.30pm onwards

EVGENY ANTUFIEV

Organic resistance: body and knife, crossing the border

18 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

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The first UK solo exhibition by Russian born Antufiev, presents artefacts, ideas and stories collected from, or imagined by, local and mythological cultures from different parts of the world.

The exhibition is organised in partnership with Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia (Italy), where the artist had a major survey of his work in 2013 – the first one in Italy. The Maramotti Collection has continued to follow the research of the artist by acquiring new works over the last few years, and this exhibition will be the first time the works will be shown outside Europe.

This exhibition has been curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN, and will be presented alongside Miles of Creativity, an exhibition curated by Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN.
See full exhibition description here.

 

MILES OF CREATIVITY 
18 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

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Featuring creatives:
Beacon Garage, Trish Bermingham, Lin Cummins, Wendy Dawson, Tim Dickinson, Glyn Ellis, Nick Elphick, Julia S. Greaves, Lizzie Hughes, Mark Hughes, Anna Jones, Richard Cynan Jones, Patrick Joseph, Judith Bond Cakes, Barry Morris, North Wales Vapour, Pea J. Restall, Miguel Roque, Mike Ryder, Alana Tyson, Alan Whitfield, Wild Horse Brewery, Emrys Williams, Gwyn Williams, Susan Williams, Sandra Wynne 

Miles of Creativity is a group exhibition that explores the creative act and its relationship to the town of Llandudno, and brings together work by artists and by creative people working in trades not traditionally shown in an art gallery.

This exhibition has been curated by Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN.

See full exhibition description here.

 

Gallery 6
John Hedley
Natural Forms 
24 October – 28 January 2018
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Our series of solo exhibitions celebrating contemporary printmaking continues in Gallery 6 with Anglesey based John Hedley.

All prints are for sale framed or unframed, and the Collectorplan scheme allows you to buy unique pieces of contemporary art and craft over a period of 12 months interest free.

 

This exhibition has been curated by Barry Morris, Retail Manager, MOSTYN.

See full exhibition description here.

 

Press Coverage for MOSTYN Open 20

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on October 3, 2017

MOSTYN Open 20

8 July – 5 November 2017
The selection of artists for MOSTYN Open 20 represents the continued rise of the gallery’s international profile with participants located in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, China, Australia, USA and UK.

 

Manuel Caldeira finalista em prémio de arte contemporânea galês MOSTYN Open 20

Downloadable PDF: Nacional – Manuel Caldeira finalista em prémio de arte contemporânea galês MOSTYN Open 20

Link: https://www.dn.pt/lusa/interior/manuel-caldeira-finalista-em-premio-de-arte-contemporanea-gales-mostyn-open-20-8485359.html

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Cheshire Life

Downloadable PDF: Cheshire Life April 2017

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Daily Post: Llandudno’s MOSTYN takes global stage as latest exhibit sees hundreds of international submissions

Downloadable PDF: Llandudno’s MOSTYN takes global stage as latest exhibit sees hundreds of international submissions – Daily Post

Link: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/mostyn-llandudno-open-exhibition-entry-13296172

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Press Coverage for WAGSTAFF’S | 18 February – 25 June 2017

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on October 3, 2017

 

WAGSTAFF’S

18 February – 25 June 2017
Historical presentations relating to Wagstaff’s store and the town of Llandudno

 

Art Monthly

Downloadable PDF: ArtMonthly

 

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Sunday Telegraph

Downloadable PDF: Sunday Telegraph April 2017

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Thoughts of Chairman Mwyn

Downloadable PDF: Thoughts of Chairman Mwyn

Link: http://rhysmwyn.blogspot.co.uk

 

NEW SEASON at MOSTYN

Posted in nEws and rEleases 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


NOVA

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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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

 

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