A series of conversations where Can Altay meets with thinkers, artists, curators and designers to discuss the future of cultural production.
Episode 17: Meriç Öner
I think Meriç’s proposal boils down to imagining the next art institution as a kind of academy, not only as a site of education but also as a provider of exchange, a social platform where knowledge intermingles with and through the people.
Episode 16: Lucia Pietroiusti
Lucia was in charge of public programming at the Serpentine Gallery in London when she launched the General Ecology program. This was not only a program of content as usual, but rather included an in-depth look into the institution’s ecological footprint and thus came with a range of challenging questions around environmental responsibilities.
We discuss with Lucia the intricacies of maneuvering such realms with severe conventions and bureaucracies. An example she gives is the military in Venice, where they installed the infamous art opera sun & sea (Marina) for the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Episode 15: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, is a curator best known as the artistic director of SAVVY—The Laboratory of Form-Ideas, a self-organized art institution located in Berlin. He has recently been appointed as the new director at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin.
We hear from Bonaventure on the importance of positioning oneself, within collaboration but always in response and with response-ability. He is someone who didn’t wait for legitimization and instead went ahead to create a space, and let things emerge from that space and from the people who end up hanging out there.
Episode 14: Jerszy Seymour
Jerszy Seymour is a designer who first made a name for his industrial products. His practice soon turned into a much more experimental one that combines materiality, relationships, and setting up situations.
While his work is included in numerous museum collections from MoMA to Centre Pompidou; he continues to make large-scale projects or storylines that follow an ethos of imagined societies towards designing the new world. He has also ventured into creating educational situations. He founded and is still directing The Dirty Art Department, a master's program focusing on applied arts and design at the Sandberg Institute.
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.