A series of conversations where Can Altay meets with thinkers, artists, curators and designers to discuss the future of cultural production.
Episode 13: Kathrin Böhm
Kathrin Böhm is an artist whose practice focuses on the collective re-production of public space; on economy as a public realm; and the everyday as a starting point for culture. Since the mid-nineties, Kathrin has expanded the terms of socially engaged practice by co-producing complex organisational, spatial, visual, and economic forms.
Many of Kathrin’s works stem from long-lasting collaborations. She is a founding member of the international artist group Myvillages, since 2003; the art and architecture collective Public Works, 1999 – 2012; the Centre for Plausible Economies, since 2018. In 2014 Kathrin founded the arts enterprise called Company Drinks. And today we’ll hear from her how working on a 1 to 1 scale matters, for engaging within the public realm. She also walks us through the dimensions of use, how different people and entities “use” such projects in myriad ways.
Episode 12: Filipa Ramos
Filipa Ramos is a writer, curator, and educator, who has been working on the relationships between contemporary art and cinema, and the way environmental and ecological matters of concern are tackled or manifested in and through art.
She is one of the founding curators of Vdrome, a self-proclaimed online cinema. She is also the Curator of Art Basel Film. and a Lecturer in the MRes Art: Moving Image of Central Saint Martins, London and the Master’s Program of the Arts Institute in Basel. She is co-curating the symposia series, or the “interdisciplinary festival” The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Lucia Pietroiusti for the Serpentine Galleries, London. Ramos is currently the Head of Research and Publications for the 13th Shanghai Biennale.
Episode 11: Collecteurs
Collecteurs is an independent public-benefit corporation with a mission to give public access to the world's unseen private art collections. In their words, they "aim to bring these unseen works out of the dark, and back into culture, where they belong.”
Jessica and Evrim Oralkan (the co-founders of Collecteurs) started collecting more than a decade ago. While they were considering options to catalog their collection, none of the alternatives met their expectations. Long story short, they came up with a collection management system that also accommodates a built-in social network. To finance this work, they created a business model based on membership fees and revenue from services to users. Today Collecteurs host more than 1200 collectors within its database.
Episode 10: Chus Martinez
Chus Martinez is one of the most speculative and critical minds within contemporary art and the curatorial field. We’ll hear her discussing the possible and perhaps necessary end of the art institution as we know it, and on what can be done to imagine other art sustaining environments. Towards an understanding of art, that is more in tune with the growing complexity of life, and one that is more at peace with its transformative role within this complexity.
Chus has an internationally acclaimed curatorial practice that spans over almost two decades that generated myriad exhibitions, publications, and at times some of the most unexpected forms of cultural production.
She is currently the head of the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel.
Episode 9: Mariana Pestana
In this episode we are hosting Mariana Pestana, the curator of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennal. Mariana is an architect and independent curator based in London and Lisbon. Her research trajectories include critical social practice and the role of fiction in design; for an age marked by technological progress and an ecological crisis.
She is a member of The Decorators, an interdisciplinary practice that makes collaborative public realm interventions and cultural programmes. She formerly worked at the Department of Architecture, Design and Digital at the V&A Museum and lectured at Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, Royal College of Arts, Universidade do Minho and Sandberg Institute.
We delve into Mariana Pestana's works, her various collaborations and speculate about the future for design, and how design produces futures. The question of curating design, employing social typologies, and how design contributes to shaping the world are topics we touch upon. Along with her generous articulation of the current edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial, where we are also collaborating with her.
Episode 8: Fritz Haeg
If questions around generating alternatives, and other possibilities of environments for art to foster, intrigue you, make sure you listen to this conversation. Because this episode features artist Fritz Haeg, whose Salmon Creek Farm is a long-term art project shaped by many hands, a sort of queer commune-farm-homestead-sanctuary-school hybrid. Salmon Creek Farm is a re-settlement in a former hippie commune from the 1970's in Mendocino California. With acres of land with orchards, meadows, gardens, and redwood trees, it provides for living, gathering, growing, and consists as an overall art-sustaining environment.
Fritz studied as an architect and had nourished global attention as an artist with his Edible Estates, which, in its many incarnations had to do with taking yield and growing crops in otherwise unutilized greenery.
Engagement with land and plants is as important as engaging with people, since Fritz has always been bringing people together, in action, in work, and exchange.
The Sundown Salon, a series of meetings in a geodesic dome, or the collective rug-making sessions titled “domestic integrities” are a few projects that come to my mind. And I see the Salmon Creek Farm as the culmination of all these questions and more.