Newsletter #50 – January 2012


Residency as part of Moderation(s), Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, 7 January–10 February 2013

Moderation(s) is a year-long programme taking place throughout 2013 between Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Spring Workshop, Hong Kong. Its ‘moderator’, Singaporean artist and writer Heman Chong, will steer a program involving more than fifty artists, a conference, three exhibitions, three residencies and a book of short stories.

Moderation(s) begins by hosting Latitudes for a month residency in Hong Kong. Latitudes will investigate the territory through looking into how it is articulated through specialist tours and attractions, and phenomena at the edge of the cultural, tourism and leisure sectors.

As part of this – and elaborating on the approach of their recent project Incidents of Travel at Casa del Lago, Mexico City – the duo invited Hong Kong-based artists Nadim Abbas, Ho Sin Tung, Yuk King Tan and Samson Young to develop day-long tours, thus retelling the city and each participant’s artistic concerns through personal itineraries and waypoints.

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Two new #OpenCurating interviews


'books_expanded_field: An interview with Badlands Unlimited', New York-based publishing house.

Founded in 2010 by artist Paul Chan – best known for his cycle 'The 7 Lights' (2005–8) and 'Waiting for Godot' in New Orleans, realised in collaboration with Creative Time and The Classical Theatre of Harlem – Badlands Unlimited is a New York-based publishing house whose motto is “books in an expanded field”. Its publications and editions in paper or digital forms (e-books for iPad or Kindle) acknowledge that “historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly”. Badlands aspires to reimagine the activity of reading as it encompasses the artist book, choreography and poetry, 3D, experimental typography, historical translations as well as the format of the group show.

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'From one history to a plurality of histories: An interview with Steven ten Thije'. Research Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

As Research Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Steven ten Thije is part of the team of one the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe. Under the directorship of Charles Esche since 2004, the museum has defined itself through "an experimental approach towards art’s role in society", where "openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are important". Ten Thije is also a lecturer and researcher at the University of Hildesheim, Germany, where he is studying for a doctorate in the genealogical analysis of the exhibition curator. He was co-curator of the Spirits of Internationalism (Van Abbemuseum, 2012), and alongside Esche, with curators Christiane Berndes, Annie Fletcher, and Diana Franssen, he was guest curator of Play Van Abbe (2011). Subtitled The museum in the 21st Century, this was a four-part multifaceted programme of exhibitions, research and events in which the Van Abbemuseum reflected on the meaning and role of the art museum. Using its collection to articulate questions about the public's reaction to art and its contexts, the Van Abbemuseum probed its own history and purpose alongside how cultural production has reflected the social and political dynamics of the last twenty years.

These interviews join previously published ones in the series:
#1 "Beyond Interface: An Interview with Robin Dowden, Nate Solas, and Paul Schmelzer", web team from the Walker Art Center (English)
#2 "Alguien Dijo 'Adhocracia'?: Entrevista con Ethel Baraona Pohl" with editor, architect and blogger (English translation)
#3 "Itinerarios Transversales: Entrevista con Sònia López y Anna Ramos" from the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) (Spanish)
#4 "Democratizando la sociedad informacional: Entrevista con Daniel G. Andújar", artista visual, activista en la red y teórico del arte (Spanish)

#OpenCurating was awarded the first BCN Producció 2012 Research Grant of the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona.

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Content partners: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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Display of the publications. Photo: Latitudes

Curators: 'Vic Cambrils Barcelona / Verges Cervera Barcelona /... A Library Project', Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, October 2010

In response to Midway Contemporary Art Library’s holdings of museum catalogues and from publishing houses in Barcelona, Latitudes assembled a counter-accession of approximately 50 self- and micro-published books and paper editions by artists. Each publication was the work of an artist, designer, curator, or publishing initiative based in Barcelona or Catalonia since 2005. Although some were produced in conjunction with exhibitions, the books tended not to be traditional accompanying catalogues per se, but rather editorial propositions in themselves.

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About Latitudes

Latitudes is an independent curatorial office initiated in April 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna, that works in an international context from and in Barcelona, Spain. Latitudes is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT) and in 2010 received the inaugural Curatorial Award, Premios GAC.

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