Welcome to the first CuMMA DS talk in 2018!

The 43th CuMMA Discourse Series lecture with writer and curator Sarah Rifky is happening next week, on the 6th of February, at MiF at 6pm. Please read about the talk below and follow the link if you’re curious to know more. See you soon!

Talk with Sarah Rifky
Acts of Institution. Act 1: Alignments
6th of February 2018, 18.00
Museum of Impossible Forms,
Kontula Shopping Centre, Keinulaudankuja 4 E, 2nd floor, lk 21, Helsinki

Following the uprisings in Egypt in 2011, a new wave of cultural institutions was founded that characterized the scene of revolution: initiatives of art in public space, curatorial projects and spaces for independent cinema and music. These initiatives-come-institutions can be identified or mapped through their strong affinities to each other, their sensibility of self-organization, and how they are globally perceived as emblems of hope and change. Many of these institutions share similar sources of support and financial sustenance. This talk sets up the framework of the present to delve into the genealogy of this support, which dates back to the 1950s, examining the competing cultural and political alignments that emerged with “acts of institution”; national and international entities establishing themselves in (and through) Egypt during the early cold war period and in the wake of non-alignment, and which (speculatively) draft a blueprint of the present.

CuMMA paper #27 is out!

Happy to announce that “The curator as arsonist” — an interview with a London-based curator and writer Vali Mahlouji is published! In the conversation with CuMMA students Mahlouji discusses his research, curatorial and educational platform Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOFTD), the questions it raises and the methodology it employs. In particular, Mahlouji speaks about the aspects of his curatorial practice that involve themselves with issues pertaining to power, radical democracy, conflict, activism, and art and cultural projects that evince social and political commitment.

Click here to read the interview and here if you’re curious to have a look at other CuMMA papers.


image: Shahr-e Qesseh (City of Tales), Bijan Mofid (playwright & director); from: Soheil Souzani, Mehdi Ali Beigi, Jamileh Nedai, Mahmood Ostad Mohamad, Rashid Kanaani, commissioned by the Festival, University Hall, 1968, courtesy Bijan Mofid Foundation; Courtesy Archaeology of the Final Decade.