Oct 18, 2010 0
The yearlong project initiated by the Manifesta Foundation called the Platform for (Un)Solicited Research and Advice developed in collaboration with the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) has resulted in a parallel project at Manifesta 8. The Platform for (Un)Solicited Research and Advice was set up as a means to actively involve art students in the discourse of Manifesta and the development of the Manifesta Biennial, by providing a forum to further research into key themes surrounding Manifesta’s projects and to provoke contextualization of topical issues. The primary modus operandi of the platform is based on the so-called ‘brief’, presented each month by an artist, curator, academic or other professional connected to Manifesta. Guest lecturers included: Hedwig Fijen, Marieke van Hal, Barbara Visser, Fay Nicolson, Alfredo Cramerotti, Denis Isaia, Boris Ondreička, Erick Beltrán, and Jeremy Beaudry.
As a result of the project the participants have set out to realize a parallel project at Manifesta 8 called Temporary Art Souvenirs.
Temporary Art Souvenirs from the Netherlands will create a temporary mobile shop during Manifesta 8 in Murcia and Cartagena. They are going to sell specially tailored art souvenirs to as wide an audience as possible. The Temporary Art Souvenir Shop will open exclusively during the opening fortnight of Manifesta 8, appearing between 7th and 17th of October 2010 at a different location each day. They will not only pop-up at the Manifesta venues but also set up the shop on local squares, the shopping mall, migrant neighborhoods and tourist centers.
Temporary Art Souvenirs forms an engaging commentary on the double nature of art as symbolic object and art as commodity and will explore the effects and possibilities of a temporal art event. The shop’s mobility allows it to transverse the boundaries between different social spaces, enabling art and ideas to reach a wide range of audiences.
Temporary Art Souvenirs is devised, organized and run by artists Lauren Alexander, Lado Darakhvelidze, Jimini Hignett, Anna Hoetjes, Jeroen Marttin, Eva Olthof, Julio Pastor and Patricia Sousa.
The Dutch Art Institute (DAI) is the Master’s program in Fine Art of ArtEZ, in The Netherlands. The DAI targets energetic and inquisitive artists with a critical attitude towards traditional art centers and their hierarchies, by providing them with an international platform for exchange and dialogue with peers as well as with established visual artists, theoreticians and practitioners from other disciplines.
for more information on the Temporary Art Souvenirs Project please see: http://temporaryartsouvenirs.blogspot.com/