May 21, 2011

T-BA21: SohoinOttakring Working Conversation

15. June 2011 20:00
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contempory
Himmelpfortgasse 13, Wien, Wien, Austria, 1010

Special Guest: Zoran Poposki, artist
Victoria Hindley, artist

Public spaces are sites of interaction, encounter, and communication. Shared by all, the public sphere is also a source of local identity, and a place where heterogeneous groups assert this identity. Since it is also a space of exclusion, this right to representation must be continuously reasserted. Zoran Poposki will discuss several of his projects that focus on the relation­ship between socially engaged artistic practice and the sociopolitical concerns rising from the transformation of urban space in Skopje, Macedonia. In his lecture he will address the challenges of working in the public arena and what it means to attempt to engage different publics.

Event in English

Zoran Poposki is a transdisciplinary artist and theorist based in Skopje. His work explores issues of liminality, identity, and public space and has been exhibited internationally. He is the author of “Prostori na mokta” (Spaces of Power, Skopje: Templum, 2009).

Victoria Hindley is an artist, writer, and independent curator. She works primarily with photography, language, the book form, and in collaboration with others. Her work challenges the cultural construction of meaning(s) through applying strategies of decoding such as abstraction, humor, and decontextualization as a way of investigating representations, stereotypes, and other naturalized concepts. Victoria studied literature, semiotics, and visual arts in the US and Europe and has a BA in Literature and a MFA in Visual Art. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally since the early 90s; she currently teaches at Transart Institute in Berlin/New York.

May 06, 2011

Urban Conflicts Conference

19 – 21 May 2011,
Queen’s University Belfast

The Conference is to be held at Queen’s University Belfast on 19 – 21 May 2011. It is organised by the Conflict in Cities and the Contested State ESRC Research Project (2007 – 2012) and partly sponsored by the World Bank's World Development Report 2011 - Conflict, Security and Development.

This is a multi-disciplinary conference with a focus on the nature and dynamics of ethno-national conflicts as manifested in contested cities. Conversely, it questions how cities and everyday urban life are used - and abused - in the containment of these wider national conflicts, and it explores their potential for achieving the self-sustaining moderation, constructive channelling or resolution of conflict. It aims to enhance dialogue between academics and non-academic urban policy practitioners and community activists working in such contested cities.

The conference adopts a multi-dimensional and multi-level approach to ethno-nationally divided cities, historical and contemporary. It incorporates questions of empire, national state and city interrelationships, international and historical comparisons, city planning and regeneration, political, economic and cultural developments, everyday life, violence, resistance and agonistic urbanism.

The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, round table discussions and a guided tour of Belfast’s ‘peacewalls’ and ‘shared spaces’. The opening keynote address will be given by Saskia Sassen.

May 04, 2011

At the City Museum Skopje

Joie De Vivre (Joy of Living)
5-22 May 2011
City Museum, Skopje

The project Joie De Vivre (Joy of Living) has the aim to stimulate and develop cooperation between artists in Skopje (Macedonia) and their fellow artists in Podgorica (Montenegro), as well as to present a part of the vibrant contemporary art scene in these two cities, thus presenting the cities of Skopje (Macedonia) and Podgorica (Montenegro) as culture centers in this part of the Balkans.

Artists from Macedonia: Ismet Ramicevic, Bedi Ibrahim, Dijana Tomic Radevska, Aleksandra Petrusevska, Goce Nanevski, Atanas Botev, Marija Sotirovska, Zoran Poposki, Slavica Janaslieva, and Nehat Beqiri.

Artists from Montenegro: Tijana Dujević Liscevic, Natasa Djurovic, Tijana Gordic, Adin Rastoder, Darko Djurovic, Nada Kazhic, Marko Lukovac, Ilija Nikcevic, Milos Popovic Miki, and Zeljko Reljic.

May 01, 2011

Portrait of the Artist as a Cultural Worker

Zoran Poposki, Portrait of the Artist as a Cultural Worker, 
archival pigment print and acrylic on canvas, 70x38 cm, 2011