MAK NITE Lab
On art, agriculture, and the countryside: possible futures of existing initiatives in the fields
Tue, 11.11.2014, 7.00 p.m.–10.00 p.m.
MAK Columned Main Hall
Traditionally the rural has been seen as a sort of promised land. Artistsindividually or in a wide range of community projectsagain turn their attention to the land as a fertile ground to sustain artistic practice and to provide substance. In the case studies explored in this presentation, the rural is less a place for retreat than for invasion, but in a more subtle way than the loud proclamations of last centurys avant-gardes. The potential and limitations of the many rural art initiatives from Japan, India, Europe, and America will be presented and discussed.
Drawing on his studies of art, sociology, and agroecology, the practice of Fernando García-Dory (* 1978 in Madrid) confronts cultural conditions under post-Fordism. Rethinking the role of the artist as the producer of living culture, he addresses human relations with nature within interrelated contexts: landscape, the rural, identity, crisis, and utopia. Often through invitations from art institutions such as the Tensta Konsthall, the Documenta (13), Museo Reina Sofia, Arts Maebashi Japan, the Tate Britain, and Grizedale Arts, his work addresses connections, conflict, and cooperation from microorganisms to social systems, expanded sculpture, collaborative agroecological projects, actions, and cooperatives.
The MAK NITE Lab with Fernando García-Dory is the second of a three-part series guest-curated by Maria Lind, Director Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, in connection with her upcoming group exhibition for VIENNABIENNALE 2015. The first evening hosted a talk by Brian Kuan Wood (Is it Love?, e-flux journal 2009) and a film screening by Marysia Lewandowska (Museum Futures, 2008). On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the MAK NITE Lab will feature STEALTH.unlimited (Ana Dokić and Marc Neelen) and their take on public housing projects.
Guest curator Maria Lind
Curator Marlies Wirth