From steirischer herbst to Paranoia TV: one festival reinventing itself | WCSCD 2020/21 Annual Lecture Series

The curatorial program What Could/Should Curating Do 2020 is proud to continue in 2020 with public program through lecture series

The third talk in the 2020 series is titled: 

From steirischer herbst to Paranoia TV: one festival reinventing itself

By Ekaterina Degot and David Riff

Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm Belgrade/ 10:00 pm Melbourne/ 07:00 pm Shanghai/ 6:00 am New York
Venue: zoom link
Meeting ID: 985 237 3109
Live stream/Facebook link

Paranoia TV Zentrale by Nicolas Pleasure Galani

Ekaterina Degot and David Riff speak about their curatorial experiences and challenges at steirischer herbst, a yearly festival of contemporary arts which emerged in 1968. Founded in the middle of the Cold War, based in a region right on the border with the communist East, in a country with unresolved issues about Nazi past and pertinent right-wing circles in the present, steirischer herbst bears significant similarities with documenta, sharing with it a predilection for lowcase spelling. But as an interdisciplinary festival without its own exhibition spaces, its focus has often been on performances and interventions in public space, with a strong political touch. Last edition, under current pandemic restrictions, reinvented steirischer herbst as a fictitious media conglomerate under the name Paranoia TV, whose program runs online till the end of the 2020.

About Speaker

Photo: Marija Kanižaj

Ekaterina Degot (1958, Moscow) is an art historian, researcher, and curator focusing on aesthetic and sociopolitical issues in Russia and Eastern Europe from the 19th century to the post-Soviet era. She began her five-year tenure as Director and Chief Curator of steirischer herbst in 2018. From 2014 to 2017 Degot was Artistic Director of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. Among other shows, she curated the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial in Yekaterinburg (2010, with Cosmin Costinas and David Riff) and headed the first Bergen Assembly with Riff (2013). Degot lives in Graz.

David Riff (1975, London) is a writer, translator, artist, curator, and former member of the art group Chto Delat. He has been a curator at steirischer herbst since 2018. Among other shows, Riff cocurated the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial in Yekaterinburg (2010, with Cosmin Costinas and Ekaterina Degot) and headed the first Bergen Assembly together with Degot (2013). Over the last decade, Riff has been translating and researching the work of the Soviet aesthetic philosopher Mikhail Lifshitz, about whom he made a large-scale exhibition at Moscow’s Garage in 2018. Riff lives in Berlin.

WHAT COULD/SHOULD CURATING DO? (WCSCD)  

WHAT COULD/SHOULD CURATING DO? (WCSCD) was initiated and funded in 2018 in Belgrade as an educational platform around notions of curatorial. From 2020 WCSCD started to initiate its own curatorial inquiries and projects that should unpack above -mentioned complexities keeping educational component as a core to the WCSCD.

The WCSCD curatorial program and series of public lectures have been initiated and organized by Biljana Ciric.

WCSCD 2020/2021 public program series has been done in collaboration with Division of Arts and Humanities, Duke Kunshan University.

Luca Lo Pinto participation in the WCSCD 2020/21 as a mentor has been supported by Instituto Italiano Di Cultura Belgrado and they are co-hosting live stream of this lecture.

Strategic media collaboration is done with Seecult and they will co-stream all public lecture series. 

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Program Šta kustosiranje može/treba da bude (What Could/Should Curating Do)

Onlajn predavanje Ekatarine Degot i Dejvida Riffa o transformaciji festivala „steirischer herbst“ usled pandemije

Četvrtak, 10. decembar u 12 sati, Zoom platforma

U četvrtak, 10. decembra u 12 sati na Zoom platformi, u okviru međunarodnog programa „Šta kustosiranje može/treba da bude“, ruska istoričarka umetnosti i kustoskinja Ekaterina Degot i britanski umetnik i kustos David Riff održaće onlajn predavanje pod nazivom „Od steirischer herbst do Paranoja TV: kada festival promišlja novi vid svog postojanja“.

Predavanje će se održati uz podršku Austrijskog kulturnog foruma, koji će takođe emitovati predavanje, a ono će moći da se prati i putem linka na Fejsbuk iventu (https://www.facebook.com/events/676696746330026/), i na Fejsbuk stranici Portala za kulturu jugoistočne Evrope Seecult (https://www.facebook.com/seecult).

Tom prilikom, Ekatarina Degot i Dejvid Riff govoriće o kustoskom iskustvu i izazovima sa kojima su se susretali na festivalu savremene umetnosti „steirischer herbst“, koji se od 1968. godine održava svake godine. Usled ograničenja izazvanih pandemijom,  poslednje izdanje festivala „steirischer herbst“ pretvorilo se u fiktivni medijski konglomerat pod nazivom Paranoja TV, čiji će se program emitovati onlajn do kraja 2020. godine.

Osnovan usred Hladnog rata u regionu na samoj granici sa komunističkim Istokom, u zemlji sa nerešenim pitanjima o nacističkoj prošlosti i desničarskim krugovima u sadašnjosti, „steirischer herbst” ima značajne sličnosti sa „documentom“, deleći sa njima sklonost ka malim slovima. Međutim, kao interdisciplinarni festival bez sopstvenih izložbenih prostora, njegov fokus je često bio na performansima i intervencijama u javnom prostoru, sa snažnim doticanjem političkog.

Ekatarina Degot (1958, Moskva) je istoričarka umetnosti, istraživačica i kustoskinja fokusirana na estetska i sociopolitička pitanja u Rusiji i istočnoj Evropi od 19. veka do postsovjetske ere. Petogodišnji mandat na funkciji direktorke i glavne kustoskinje „steirischer herbst“ započela je 2019. Od 2014. do 2017. godine bila je umetnička direktorka Akademije svetske umetnosti u Kelnu. Pored ostalih, kustosirala je 1. Uralsko industrijsko bijenale u Jekaterinburgu (2010, sa Kosminom Kostinasom i Dejvidom Riffom) i bio na čelu prve Bergenske skupštine sa Riffom (2013). Živi u Gracu.

David Riff (1975, London) je pisac, prevodilac, umetnik, kustos i bivši član umetničke grupe Chto Delat. Od 2018. godine je kustos u „steirischer herbst“. Pored drugih, ko-kustosirao je 1. Uralsko industrijsko bijenale u Jekaterinburgu (2010, sa Ekatarinom Degat i Kosminom Kostinasom) i bio na čelu prve Bergenske skupštine sa Ekatarinom Degat (2013). Živi u Berlinu.

Međunarodni program „Šta kustosiranje može/treba da bude“ (WCSCD) pokrenut je i finansiran 2018. godine u Beogradu kao edukativna platforma koja se bavi pojmom kustosiranja. Od 2020. godine, WCSCD je počeo da inicira sopstvena kustoska istraživanja i projekte koji bi rešili tu vrstu složenosti, zadržavajući obrazovnu komponentu kao srž programa. Celokupan program i serije javnih predavanja inicirala je i organizovala kustoskinja Biljana Ćirić.

Serija onlajn predavanja u okviru programa „Šta kustosiranje može treba da bude“ 2020/2021 realizuje se u saradnji sa Divisions of Arts and Humanities, Duke Kunshan University.

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