CuMMA Discourse Series #36 with Grégory Castéra on February 23d, at 18.00

Talk with Grégory Castéra
Curating the Public: A Conversation
23rd of February 2017 at 18—20
NODE Space, Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor

Welcome to CuMMA’s first Discourse Series lecture in 2017!
In his talk a curator Grégory Castéra will discuss the contemporary condition of curating in general and in relation to the projects he did and followed with a particular emphasis on the public of an artwork.
Click here to read more about Grégory Castéra and his upcoming talk and if you are interested in the previous CuMMA DS lectures, you can read the short descriptions from here.

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CuMMA Paper #22 out now!

Great news, the 22nd CuMMA paper is now released!
Click here to read the text by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung — a founder and artistic director of the art space SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, titled
“ON EST ENSEMBLE ET ÇA VA WAKA. A Few Reflections on Navigating the Xenopolis”.

In this paper Bonaventure Ndikung meditates on ‘flight and escape’ as artistic expressions and elaborates on the issues of assembly and exhibition-making by taking us on detours around concepts of the Xenopolis, Undercommons/Fugitivity, and the Thirdspace. If you are interested in reading further and want to check out previous CuMMA papers as well, just click here to see the full site.

Autum’s last CuMMA DS lecture with Vali Mahlouji Dec 13 at 18

Talk with Vali Mahlouji
Challenging the Archive. An Archaeological Guide to the Deployment of an Archive
13.12.2016 at 18–20
NODE Space, Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor

Welcome to this autumn’s last CuMMA Discourse Series lecture on 13th of December. In his talk curator and advisor to the British Museum and the Kaveh Golestan Estate, Vali Mahlouji discusses the working methodology of the curatorial think tank Archaeology of the Final Decade through an examination of two open-ended case studies. How does the think tank works to enact retracing and reintegration into cultural memory and discourse. You can read more about the upcoming talk here, see you at the event!

CuMMA Paper #21 out now, an interview with Maria Lind by Ksenia Kaverina

Excited to tell you that our next CuMMA Paper #21 is out now! Click here to read the whole interview with Maria Lind by Ksenia Kaverina with a title “Operating as a Curator”. In the interview curator and director of Tensta Konsthall, Maria Lind shares her views on curatorial work and education, working with private investors, and operating across different contexts.

If you are interested in checking out the previous papers as well, just click here to see the full site.

CuMMA DS #34 with Felicity Allen on Nov 23rd

Talk with Felicity Allen
Unlocking the Learning Organisation
23.11.2016 at 18–20
NODE Space, Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor

Welcome to our next CuMMA Discourse Series lecture on 23rd of November. In her talk artist and researcher Felicity Allen discusses ‘unlearning’ in terms of pedagogic project deliberately developoing different relations to public/corporatising institutions. How can radical practitioners work with public institutions? You can read more about the upcoming talk here.

CuMMA Discourse Series autumn 2016
13.12.2016 Vali Mahlouji: Challenging the Archive. An Archaeological Guide to the Deployment of an Archive

CuMMA DS #33 with Gabu Heindl on Oct 19 at 18

Talk with Gabu Heindl
Building Dissensus. What material space does it take that social space can happen?
19.10.2016 at 18–20
NODE Space, Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor

Welcome to our next CuMMA Discourse Series lecture on 19th of October. In her talk architect and urbanist Gabu Heindl will present three of her projects in the field of exhibition architecture, tackle their intentions as well as their successful and failing strategies. Behind this background the talk investigates the potential of other (“third”) spaces stimulating open debate within exhibition spaces. Heidl will lay out aspects of strategies of queering and appropriation, opening up sensory and discursive spaces of conflict and dispute. You can read more about the upcoming talk here.

CuMMA Discourse Series autumn 2016
23.11.2016 Felicity Allen: Unlocking the Learning Organisation
13.12.2016 Vali Mahlouji: Challenging the Archive. An Archaeological Guide to the Deployment of an Archive

The Bright Lights of the Institution

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The Bright Lights of the Institution
19.10.–15.12.2016
A framework for being together by Freja Bäckman
built together with Heidi Lunabba and Karolina Kucia
Curated by Nora Sternfeld in collaboration with Darja Zaitsev

Welcome to the opening performance Oct 18 at 18
NODE Space, Hämeentie 135 C
5th Floor, 00560 Helsinki

“Even when we say “everyone” in an effort to an all-inclusive group, we are still making implicit assumptions about who is included and so we hardly ever overcome what Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau so aptly describe as “the constitutive exclusion” by which any particular notion of inclusion is established”
– Judith Butler, Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly

How do we act together in a world that isolates us? What exclusions are we still performing, when we create spaces and possibilities for working, learning or just being together? And what are the (in-)visible mechanisms of opening and closing spaces?

The project in Node Space creates a framework for coming together and is part of the seminar “Theoretical Frameworks for Curating and Mediating Art” by Nora Sternfeld. When thinking about how we negotiate when working together and how borders are established, the act of the building, the physical creation of the space also becomes important. The space is accessible but not without a deliberate attempt at entering it. The fence we have to cross, when we enter is the visible reference to the borders of the institution – which, as every border are usually felt by some and (almost) invisible to others. It means both the concrete space at the Art Department of Aalto University as well as the art institutions we are talking about as part of a theoretical framework for curating and mediating art.

Freja Bäckman
Freja Bäckman’s practice is situated between art, education and socio-political work. Mainly working in different forms of groups and collaborations, the most central ones being Wir Spielen/No play, Land-Institut and the artist group Megafån. Recent projects are “No play Feminist Training Camp” at nGbK in Berlin, being part of the Partisan Café team at Bergen Assembly, and wood chopping sessions that got their start as I was told I chop wood as a ballet dancer at Repose in Krakow. Plays bass in the doom metal band Lithalsa. Bäckman has a MA from Art in Context, UdK Berlin and is currently doing a doctorate at the Aalto University, Department of Art.
www.frejabackman.org
www.nodegallery.wordpress.org

CuMMA Paper #20 released!

Good news everyone, the 20th CuMMA paper is out now! Click here to read the whole text by Nora Sternfeld with a title “Learning Unlearning”. In the article Sternfeld discusses the matter of unlearning and how it has been discussed as an important practice for challenging the value-encoding apparatus from inside the structure of knowledge production. She looks at the way how mediation of art is commonly understood and what if could become through the concept of unlearning. If you are interested in checking out the previous papers as well, just click here to see the full site.

CuMMA Discourse Series #32 at Third Space 21.9. at 18

Round table with Ahmed Al-Nawas, Christopher Wessels and Airi Triisberg
What is a Third Space?

21st of September 2016
18–20
Third Space, Tarkk’ampujankatu 18, Helsinki

This autumn’s first CuMMA Discourse Series lecture will be held at Third Space. Third Space collective seeks to unsettle preconceived notions of the other and to erase the invisible lines that separate us. Armed with the intangible weapon of sound and the understanding of the power of visual culture, collective forms cracks in knowledges situated around us. Round table talk with Ahmed Al-Nawas, Christopher Wessels (Third Space) and Airi Triisberg (art worker based in Tallinn) approaches questions of representation within the context of space as a social space, what Hannah Arendt calls a “space of appearance”, what James Clifford and Mary Louise Pratt call a “contact zone” or what Homi Bhabha calls a “Third Space”. You can read more about the upcoming lecture here.

CuMMA Discourse Series lectures for autumn 2016

Hopefully you all had a great summer. Even though the semester will start only in late August, we are already happy to announce the next discourse series lecturers and their topics for autumn 2016. If you are interested in the previous talks, you can read the short descriptions from here.

CuMMA DS #32
September 21st, 18–20
What is a Third Space?
Round table discussion with AHMED AL-NAWAS, CHRISTOPHER WESSELS and AIRI TRIISBERG
Third Space, Tarkk’ampujankatu 18, Helsinki

Node Space opening performance
October 18th, 18–
The Bright Lights of the Institution 19.10.–15.12.2016
A framework for being together by Freja Bäckman, built together with Heidi Lunabba and Karolina Kucia
Curated by Nora Sternfeld in collaboration with Darja Zaitsev
Node Space, Hämeentie 135C, 5th floor

CuMMA DS #33
October 19th, 18–20
Building Dissensus. What material space does it take that social space can happen?
GABU HEINDL
Node Space, Hämeentie 135C, 5th floor

CuMMA DS #34
November 23rd, 18–20
Unlocking the Learning Organisation
FELICITY ALLEN
Node Space, Hämeentie 135C, 5th floor

CuMMA DS #35
December 13th, 18–20
Challenging the Archive
VALI MAHLOUJI
Node Space, Hämeentie 135C, 5th floor

More information will follow later on, hope to see you all at the talks!