01-07-2017 An afternoon with Milena Bonilla, Alejandro Ramirez & Vincent Hessling, Giorgi Tabtadze

 

Contemporary Forms of Desire is an online interface that brings together a collection of eclectic material – mostly audiovisual – tackling issues related to contemporary cultural production and contemporary social imaginary – its idiosyncrasies and obsessions, its implicit and explicit discourses. The collection is organised through 5 categories, 5 assemblages that provide analytical tools and conceptual coordinates that help us identify certain drives and desires of the contemporary society.

At the occasion of his public presentation, the artist navigates us through the interface.

Giorgi Tabatadze (1980, Tbilisi, GA) studied sculpture at the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi from 1997 to 2005. He 2010, he obtained a MA in Fine Arts from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. His work mainly focuses on the image production in the contemporary society, and their circulation on both ends of the production/consumption cycle. In the Netherlands, he is a founding member of ‘Focus LAB’, an organization traveling throughout the Dutch cultural landscape, organizing meetings and group discussions around the topics of cultural production and contemporary art practices. www.gtabatadze.com

 

  • Milena Bonilla – An Enchanted Forest (2013-2014), HD video, 9min15, 2 books

The film takes as a point of departure two books with an eponymous title: An Enchanted Forest. The first book recounts and analyzes a discovery made by a group of scientists between 2002 and 2011. While tracking Red Deer population in the former Bohemian Forest divided between Germany and Czech Republic, the scientists noticed that the Red Deer females were not crossing the former Iron Curtain border, even though the fence has been removed since 1989. The second book narrates the story of an anarchist group called Ahornia, whose members used to gather in the same forest area. The book is a compilation of a series of statements that the secret group wrote in 1967, one year before 1968’s Prague Spring.

Milena Bonilla (1975, Bogotá, CO) graduated in visual arts at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá in 2000, and followed a post-academic course at the Rijksakademie, in Amsterdam, in 2009-2010. Her current practice involves explorations on knowledge interpreted as a work force, and Nature as an entity colonized by language, consumed in a massive scale through images. She uses a variety of media in her production including installations, video, drawing, text, public interventions and photography. http://milenabonilla.info

 

  • Alejandro Ramirez & Vincent Hessling – Double Agent (ongoing), lecture parformance

“With this project we are laying bare the opaque dependencies of humans and materials. Embarking on an open-ended expedition through history we follow the trace of one chemical element: tin, stannum, 50Sn. We track its role in the global distribution or accumulation of wealth, we detect its function in connecting or overpowering people throughout history, and we fathom its proneness to forming alloys and alliances under different historical or material conditions. On this journey beyond the Pillars of Hercules we may be subject to the fatal call of the Sirens. The outcome of our tin-related experiment is up in the air. Tin may be the shiny thread that leads us through the labyrinth of history; but will it guide us on our way into an open future?” Vincent and Alejandro present the current state of their findings in a lecture performance.

Vincent Hessling (1982, Essen, DE) is a researcher at the Department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University. Vincent focuses his interest on the the idea of progress, history of technology and science through the lenses of narratology and systems theory.

Alejandro Ramírez (1978, Bogotá, CO) is an artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. He holds an MA in Fine Arts from MaHKU in Utrecht Bringing together personal stories and history, which he approaches with humor and speculation, his work often examines the way in which media, political discourse and memory overlap. These strategies help to reveal the ideological machinery that underlies the way past and present events are interpreted. In his most recent works, he explores science fiction and storytelling as tools to propel political imagination and alternative narratives. www.alejandroramirez.info