Exhibition: DARK ENERGY. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively.

Opening | 28.03.2019, 7.00 p.m.
Exhibition dates | 29.03.2019 – 25.05.2019
Venue | xE – Exhibition room of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Eschenbachgasse 11, Corner Getreidemarkt, 1010 Vienna

Curators: Véronique Boilard, Andrea Haas, Nina Höchtl, Julia Wieger

Participants: Felicity Allen; Anti*Colonial Fantasies – Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, Sophie Utikal; Chantal DuPont; ff. Feministisches Fundbüro; Martha Fleming und Lyne Lapointe; Vera Frenkel; Anne Golden; Althea Greenan; Minna Henriksson; Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński; Annette Krauss and the shifting team at the Casco Art Institute; lamathilde; Tanya Mars; Diane Poitras; Anne-Marie Proulx; Martha Rosler; Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski; Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken; Vidéographe; Joyce Wieland; Aida Wilde

Opening hours: Tue–Fri, 11.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m., Sat: 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m., closed on Sun, Mon and holidays, free access

Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski/Aida Wilde, poster inspired by placards of the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London, installation view, Empowered PrintWorks, 2015, photo: Will Cenci

Like the universe, the realm of cultural production consists mostly of dark energy and matter.1 These invisible masses and movements form from spontaneous, amateurish, autonomous, activist, self-organized, collective practices that play an important part for feminist cultural work. This is also a matter of the unpaid or underpaid labor of those who deliberately shun visibility or have no choice but to remain invisible. It is the invisible dark matter that keeps the cultural sector going!

DARK ENERGY. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively explores feminist forms of organization and knowledge production in the cultural sector. It gives center stage to the visual, material and performative characteristics of feminist collaborative practices. It asks how these forms of organization and production are influenced by their general economic setup and what begins to sway politically in this context. Which forms of creative dark matter and knowledge can be practiced, produced, and disseminated when, where, and how?

The exhibition brings together a diverse range of efforts that tackle these questions in different contexts and times. Through the work of the participating artists, archivists, designers, and activists the exhibition provides insights from feminist, queer, decolonizing perspectives into the forces that collide with(in) art institutions and organizations.

1 Gregory Sholette, Dark Matter. Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, London: Pluto Press 2011.

Text: On the NUEVO TEATRO MÁXIMO DE LA RAZA: Still Thinking, Feeling and Speaking Spanish on and off Screen

Cinema betwen Latin America and Los Angeles. Origins to 1960
Edited by Colin Gunckel, Jan-Christopher Horak, Lisa Jarvinen

Historically, Los Angeles and its exhibition market have been central to the international success of Latin American cinema. Not only was Los Angeles a site crucial for exhibition of these films, but it became the most important hub in the western hemisphere for the distribution of Spanish language films made for Latin American audiences. Cinema between Latin America and Los Angeles builds upon this foundational insight to both examine the considerable, ongoing role that Los Angeles played in the history of Spanish-language cinema and to explore the implications of this transnational dynamic for the study and analysis of Latin American cinema before 1960. The volume editors aim to flesh out the gaps between Hollywood and Latin America, American imperialism and Latin American nationalism in order to produce a more nuanced view of transnational cultural relations in the western hemisphere.

Contributions by Jacqueline Avila, Alstair Tremps, Viviana García Besné, Desirée J. Garcia, Nina Hoechtl

LAS MÚLTIPLES LUCHAS, Nov 25, 2018, CCU UNAM

Exhibition: #150 100 Years Women’s Right To Vote | 50 Years 68 Movement, Graz (AT)

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100 Years Women’s Right To Vote | 50 Years 68 Movement


curated by contemporary collective graz

with Iris Andraschek, maschen (Julia Rosenberger, Korinna Lindinger), Andrea Schlemmer,
Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücke

Opening: Thursday, 25.10.2018 at 6:30 pm
Exhibition: 26.10.-08.11.2018

Kunsthalle Graz
Conrad-v.-Hötzendorfstr. 42a
8010 Graz

Department of Ultimology: What Where, steirischer herbst’18 Volksfronten


adapted from a page from Maria Strnad, Österreichische Trachtendirndl (Traditional Austrian Dirndls), (Vienna: Sogra Modeverlag, 1950), Courtesy Department of Ultimology

Department of Ultimology

What Where (2018)
Research project and installation

Commissioned by steirischer herbst’18 Volksfronten

Produced by steirischer herbst and Grazer Kunstverein. Coordinated by Fiona Hallinan, Nina Höchtl, Kate Strain, and Julia Wieger

21.9.–17.11.
Grazer Kunstverein
Palais Trauttmansdorff
Burggasse 4
8010 Graz

EL DERECHO AJENA I DAS RECHT DES ANDEREN, Sep 11 – Oct 23, Vienna (AT)

Text: Decolonising the public university. A Collaborative and Decolonising Approach towards (Un)teaching and (Un)learning

Decolonising the public university. A Collaborative and Decolonising Approach towards (Un)teaching and (Un)learning

María del Socorro (Coco) Gutiérrez Magallanes, Nina Hoechtl, Rían Lozano

This article examines the postgraduate Gender and Visual Culture seminar that we have been co-teaching as a team of two (and occasionally three) professors over a four-year period at the public National Autonomous University of Mexico. Throughout this seminar, we have embraced personal and collective experiences in the process of (un)teaching and (un)learning to explore the possibilities of a pedagogy of ‘contagion by contact’, both feminist and critical, encouraging creative formats.

Drawing from a range and diverse reflections, we seek to critically explore an amplified challenge of, and the need for, a collaborative and de(s)colon/ial/ising approach towards (un)teaching and (un)learning in the context of the public university as a contentious space of political engagement. This space requires a constant questioning of where to teach from (a politics of location), what to teach (culturally diverse and conflicting worldviews), and how to teach (critical and decolonising methodologies).

in Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, Amsterdam University Press, Volume 21, Number 2, June 2018, pp. 153-170

 

Exhibition: Current signs, das weisses haus, Vienna

“Current signs”
curated by Enar de Dios Rodriguez

“Current signs” is a project to which contemporary artists were invited to express their actual concerns and demands in form of protest banners. What must we demand or protest against? What needs to be expressed publicly? What statements need to be taken to the streets? The resultant 16 protest banners designs, conceived by a wide range of artists, give a visual answers to these poignant questions. Printed in editions of 50, these banners will be on view at das weisse haus from the 20th of February to the 31st of March, where visitors could take them for free as long as they are available.

This project is born from the need to address concerns related to our current political landscapes and the raise (and acceptance) of far-right, xenophobic and racist ideologies. As always – but maybe now more than ever – we need to make visible our demands, to share with each other our ideas, our worries and our needs. Current signs aims to encourage this exercise of the right to demonstrate and protest.

participating artists:
Pablo Chiereghin / Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová / Johannes Gierlinger / Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid / Siggi Hofer / Klub Zwei / Milan Mijalkovic / Ryts Monet / monochrom / Ivette Mrova Zub / Yoshinori Niwa / Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken (SKGAL) / UBERMORGEN / Flora Watzal / Christina Werner / WochenKlausur

EXHIBITION at das weisse haus
Opening February 20, 2018, 7 pm
Duration: February 21 – March 28, 2018 // Tuesday to Friday 1pm –7pm, Saturday 12am – 5pm, or by appointment

Text “The VBKÖ’s Archive as a Site of Political Confrontation, or How Can You Sing Out of Tune?” in All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s

All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s
Edited by Agata Jakubowska and Katy Deepwell

The texts gathered in this volume embrace women artists-only exhibitions, festivals, collective art projects, groups and associations, organised in the long 1970s in Europe (1968-1984). These all-women art initiatives are closely related to developments within the political and politicized women’s movement in Europe and America but what emerges is the varied and plural manner of their engagements with feminism(s) alongside their creation of ‘heterotopias’ in relation to specific sites/ politics/ collaborative art practices.

With texts by Katia Almerini, Susanne Altmann, Katy Deepwell, Fabienne Dumont, Nina Hoechtl and Julia Wieger, Agata Jakubowska, Monika Kaiser, Elke Krasny, Annika Öhrner, Márcia Oliveira, Kathleen Wentrack.

Conversation (in Spanish): Calladita nunca. Conversar fuera de tono | Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros | Wednesday, January 24, 2018