IKT Congress 2018
Łažnia Center for Contemporary Art Gdansk in collaboration with a series of partner institutions will host the IKT Congress 2018 from 11th-13th May with Vilnius partnering for a post-program from 14th-15th May 2018.
Registration will start in January 2018. Please stay tuned.
Call for Papers for the
IKT Symposium 2018: The Common Grounds. Learning from Contexts and Communities
Part 1: Practice
11th May, 04.00-06.00 pm
Academy of Fine Arts Gdansk
Organizers: IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art Gdansk, Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, IAM (Adam Mickiewicz Institute)
In occasion of the IKT Congress 2018 in Gdansk we will celebrate 50 years of the LEONARDO network and 20 years of Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art
The IKT Symposium 2018 will consist in two interrelated parts. As in the previous years there will be a curated symposium with external speakers, but the first part will introduce IKT members’ contributions. It will be focused on practice and serves as an extention of the IKT Members’ Forum. The IKT members will gather around 4 thematic tables which will be organized simultaneously. You are asked to choose one option. Each member will have the opportunity to present a project relating to the chosen theme. If you prefer to only listen and not to present, you still need to chose the thematic table you want to participate and to register for it.
You will notice, that all the topics offer a quite wide range of approaches. Only after receiveing your subscription with the requested short abstract, we will be able to define the shape of each thematic table. In other words, you have impact on how each table discussion will unfold. If we do not hear from you – it will also have impact on the shape of the symposium.
Here is short introduction to the overarching theme of the symposium:
The Common Grounds: Learning from Contexts and Communities
Theory and Practice
The idea that art has fluid borders and works at the ‘edges’ of different disciplines, contexts, and communities is not new. However, the way it appears in contemporary practices and theories requires a new analyzis. The concepts of engagement, participation, interdisciplinarity in art projects are usually considered as enriching, educating or braking the rules. Instead of looking at the aforementioned areas from descriptive point of view, the aim of the symposium is rather to focus on the concrete experiences of our members or speakers. What do liminal, participative and interdisciplinary projects give us? What are ‘we’ really learning? Is the idea of engaging with distinctive areas of knowledge and with communities a mere rhetorical concept, or does it bring something new? What is this ‘new’. What does this consist of? How has the situation changed over the last years? Do these evolutions require new directions, ideas etc? What is our common ground(s)?
The symposium is organized in collaboration with Leonardo/ISAST to celebrate 50 years of growing the network at Art and Science 2017. Leonardo is the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (nonprofit) that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through programs, which focus on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. The question of common grounds is also crucial for such created network of exchange. One of the symposium’s topics will be devoted to art&science and its relation with curating and/or art practice. What is the role of technology and digitization as cultural agency for the art world. In what way is it helping and in what way it might be disturbing or irritating? How it influences or changes such things as: finances, art platforms, models of curating and the nature of presented works. Does film, video and ‘media art’ play important role in this topic?
The aim of the symposium is rather to make visible, analyze and show different approaches to these changes in practice and theory than to define or determine them.
The four thematic directions for these round tables are:
(1) Art and Public Space
related areas of investigation: What is public space? What is public voice? Art in public space, art and community or/and society
(2) Art and Science
related areas of investigation: technology, structure of the information and network society, determinants of participatory culture, internet related issues, environment, sustainability, ecology, climate change, bio-art, media art, film and video
(3) Art in a Changing World
related areas of investigation: relation between politics and art, Migrations Crisis, art and human rights, post-(neo-) colonialism
(4) Art between Disciplines
related areas of investigation: inter or cross-disciplinarity in art, new curatorial perspectives & strategies, projects connected with artistic issues (media art, media, performance etc.)
How to participate?
Please send the following form in an editable format (word, or other) to IKTsymposium2018@iktsite.org no later than 31st January 2018.