04 Sep 2009 Manifesta, Murcia
As announced during ARCO last February
(see press release at the bottom of our 27 November 2008
post) "Manifesta 8
will explore the idea of Europe in the 21st century at the edges of the continent. More specifically, the aim of Manifesta
8 will be to engage with Europe’s present-day boundaries with Northern Africa and its interrelations with the Maghreb region."
Following Manifesta's invitation to "existing curatorial groups, artistic and interdisciplinary collectives and/or existing institutions to be part of the Curatorial Team of Manifesta 8
" they have announced the appointment of the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Chamber of Public Secrets and Tranzit.org
as the curatorial collectives in charge of Manifesta 8, which will open 1 October 2010
during 100 days in Murcia
, in the south-east of Spain.
Following are their CV's taken from e-flux,
4 September 2009. Hopefully this and further information will soon be uploaded on the (ancient) Manifesta website:ALEXANDRIA CONTEMPORARY ARTS FORUMCurator/Team Executive: Bassam El BaroniAssociate Curator: Jeremy BeaudryAlexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), founded in Alexandria (Egypt) in December 2005, focuses on contemporary art, new media and discursive practice, cultivating a deeper awareness of art in relation to all aspects of contemporary life and culture. Central to its mission is an ongoing engagement with projects that bring together established and emerging artists, university students, and diverse practitioners, in contexts that recognize the value of an informal, non-hierarchical, open-ended circulation of information and experience. The ACAF is in a constant state of flux and incorporates innovative activities, guided by its socio-cultural compass.CHAMBER OF PUBLIC SECRETSCurators/Team Executives: Khaled Ramadan / Alfredo CramerottiChamber of Public Secrets (CPS), based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and the Middle East, works as a network of artists, curators and thinkers who have been collaborating since 2004 in the organization, production and circulation of film and video festivals, art exhibitions, TV and radio programs, political fictions and documentaries. CPS also develops forums for debate and publishes books and articles about socio-political and cultural issues such as migration, mobility, representation, colonialism, gender and difference. CPS wishes to stimulate the role of debate, while reconstructing the role of art, its responsibility and its relation to society.TRANZIT.ORGTeam executive: Vít HavránekTeam assembly: Zbyněk Baladrán, Dóra Hegyi, Boris Ondreička, Georg Schöllhammertranzit.org is a network of autonomous art associations, existing since 2002 in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, who cooperate working across borders - between nations, languages and histories. Each tranzit group operates independently from each other, using different formats and methods - such as discursive platforms, exhibitions, publications and research initiatives - but always aiming to generate a deep involvement in the local artistic and intellectual context. At the same time each tranzit group carries out a re-assessment of contemporary history, challenging the canons, geography and master-narratives of post-war European (art) histories. The aim of tranzit is to act trans-locally, in constant dialogue with cultural narratives on a local and global scale.