Symposium | Curating Exchange 4 | presentation "Perpetual and Spatial Control" by the curator Basak Senova | organized by press to exit project space | Serious Interest Agency, Skopje | 27 March 2015, 19.30 h.
"Regardless of constructed histories and collective memories, the act of remembering is always attached to a 'defined place'. It is inevitable for any affirmative perception of space to be historicized and politicized. Hence, most of these specific places are loaded with memory and control mechanisms. The perpetual and spatial considerations of most of Senova’s curatorial work are shaped through these conditions. The question then arises: What is the responsibility of a curator in relation to such specific places along with their loaded memory, conflicting sensibilities, and controlling entities? How does the curatorial framework correlate with spatial, physiological, ideological, historical, communicational, and informational challenges?
In this line of thought, four case studies, as "UNCOVERED. Nicosia International Airport" project, Cyprus, (2010-2013); the "2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground" (2013) in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Helsinki Photography Biennial (2014), and the Jerusalem Show (2014), will be opened for discussion. They exemplify a consideration of the social, political, and cultural situations that shape the development of projects, as well as the role of the control mechanisms in this process. These case studies should not only be considered as attempts to detect tactics and rejections against the pressures and conditions of existing mechanisms of tension, but they also have the potentials to show the possibility of producing creative and critical means and channels to reflect on these mechanisms."
Biography of Basak Senova:
Basak Senova is a curator and designer. She studied Literature and Graphic Design (MFA in Graphic Design and Ph.D. in Art, Design and Architecture at Bilkent University) and attended the 7th Curatorial Training Programme of Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam. She has been writing on art, technology and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. Senova is the editor of art-ist 6, Kontrol Online Magazine, Lapses book series, UNCOVERED and Aftermath among other publications. She is an editorial correspondent for ibraaz.org and one of the founding members of NOMAD, as well as the organizer of "ctrl_alt_del" and "Upgrade!Istanbul". Senova was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale. As an assistant professor, she lectured in various universities in Istanbul such as Kadir Has University, Bilgi University and Koç University. She curated Zorlu Center Collection for two years (2011-2012). She co-curated the UNCOVERED (Cyprus) and the 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 2014, she acted as the Art Gallery Chair of (ACM) SIGGRAPH 2014 (Vancouver) the curator of the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014 and the Jerusalem Show.
This year, she is a curator of the Macedonian pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, represented by the project "We are all alone in this" by the artists Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski, and organized by the National Gallery of Macedonia .
Information on Curating Exchange:
CURATING EXCHANGE is an annual symposium addressing local and regional need for an insightful and qualitative exchange of experience and knowledge in theoretical and artistic research, curatorial practice and education. The symposium was initiated in 2012 as part of press to exit’s "Visiting Curatorial Initiative" program in order to stimulate and support research and implementation of new curatorial projects and development of ideas, as well as to address the local and regional need for an insightful and qualitative exchange of experience and knowledge in terms of artistic research, curatorial practice and education. The symposium was initiated in 2012 as part of press to exit’s "Visiting Curatorial Initiative", addressing issues that will emphasize the need to reassess the role of the curator in these complex socio-political times and to question the potentiality of the curator to be a catalyst for socio-political and cultural change. Except that it provides insight into the collective regional and international perspectives in the field of curatorial practice, integrating new knowledge and expertise in the context of Macedonian and Western Balkans art scene, one of his goals is to create a platform for exchange of ideas and knowledge that will continue to develop, analyze and produce in the future.
The fourth edition of the symposium offers two lectures and presentation of the work of two international curators: Basak Senova (independent curator, Istanbul, Turkey) and Anders Kruger (Curator in MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium).
“Curating exchange 4” is supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic Macedonia in 2015, and is realized in cooperation with the independent cultural center Serious Interest Agency from Skopje.