© Carroll/Fletcher (artist: Richard T. Walker) Moderation © Anja Kirschner/PCAI
With Positions, Oberhausen is introducing an experimental programme format designed to establish a critical discourse on how artist films are collected and exhibited. Museums, private collections and galleries will present selected works, on the basis of which the criteria will be discussed that govern which works and artists are collected and represented here, as well as how they are presented.
“Positions” thus refers both to the works themselves and to the institutional conditions under which they are made accessible to the public. The programme format examines individual decisions and the institutional logic behind them.
The individual Positions will be chosen and presented by a curator. In keeping with their presentation at the Oberhausen film festival, the works will be shown consecutively as a film programme.
All screenings will take place on Sunday, 8 May.
Filipa Ramos is editor-in-chief of art-agenda and a lecturer at Kingston University and at Central Saint Martins. Ramos is co-curator of Vdrome. She was associate editor of Manifesta Journal, curator of the Research Section of dOCUMENTA (13), and coordinator of The Most Beautiful Kunsthalle in the World project at the Antonio Ratti Foundation. She is co-author of the Lost and Found – Crisis of Memory (2009) and is working on a reader on writings on animals.
Established in 2012, Carroll/Fletcher has quickly emerged as a leading platform for contemporary art with an emphasis on multimedia and new technologies, and a commitment to exploring socio-political and technological themes. To complement the exhibition programme in the gallery’s central London space, Carroll/Fletcher hosts talks, film screenings and live performances, and curates a programme of experimental and artist film in its online cinema.
Sphere Packing © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Presented by Steve Fletcher (London)
Sun, 8 May, 20:00 h
© M HKA – Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp – is the museum and collection of contemporary art for Antwerp and the Flemish Community in Belgium. The basis of its collection is in the avant-garde period in Europe and the subsequent Gordon Matta-Clark Foundation, but has developed into a museum with a progressive internationalism, focusing on the paradigm of Eurasia in the broadest sense. It collects art in the diversity of contemporary media, including video and film. M HKA also administers the Vrielynck Collection, an internationally significant collection of pre-cinema and film hardware.
Nav Haq, Senior Curator at M HKA will talk about moving image within the framework of the museum’s collection, looking at key examples of artworks the museum has acquired since it opened in 1987. He will talk about what these works bring to collecting, exhibition-making and visual culture more broadly, within an institution that actively considers its role in civil society.
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
Presented by Nav Haq (Antwerp)
Sun, 8 May, 12:30 h
The private collection:
Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) in Athens is a non-profit organisation which aims at raising environmental awareness through a unique art programme. Its collection, one of three areas of activities, is based on special commissions mainly of moving image art inspired by environmental, sociological and philosophical issues. So far most of the artists come from Europe, its most recent commission is a video art work by Anja Kirschner.
Moderation © Anja Kirschner
Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative
Presented by Loraini Alimantiri (Athens)
Sun, 8 May, 14:30 h