The “Introduction to Contemporary Art” 2016 – Sofia is funded by the Capital Program “Culture” of Sofia Municipality for 2016.
Organizers:Open Arts Foundation,SARIEV Contemporary
Partner:Sofia City Art Gallery
Life beyond the end of art
is the theme of the sixth edition of “Introduction to Contemporary Art”
The educational platform “Introduction to Contemporary Art” this year takes place for the sixth time in Sofia from October 30th to late November every weekend will be held free lectures at SCAG. The speakers this year will beBoyan Manchev, Todor Todorov and Stanimir Panayotov Svetla Kazalarska and on November 26th the course will end with a lecture by one of the most influential art collectors in the world – Alain Servais.
Dates: October 30, November 5, 12, 19 and 26
Starting at 5:00 p.m.
Advanced registration is required at email@example.com
All lectures will be held in Bulgarian
30.10. (Sunday) – Boyan Manchev: The End of contemporary art? From performance art to performative capitalism
05.11. (Saturday) – Todor Todorov: In otherworld of the photographic image: ontology and legitimacy in the actual photographic practices and arts
12.11. (Saturday) - Svetla Kazalarska: The museum is dead, long live the museum! Аrtist Interventions in the Museum
19.11. (Saturday) – Stanimir Panayotov: Speculative realism, object-oriented philosophy and visual arts
26.11. (Saturday) – Collectors Forum: Alain Servais (Brussels)
This year the cycle of lectures at the SCAG asks many questions – where does art end, what follows after it, what is itsrelationship with theory and various academic disciplines, where is the place of art and how it “haunts” in an institutional context. In other words, “Introduction” this year deals with “Life after the end of art.”
This year the curator Vera Mlechevska invited to participate some of the brightest names in Bulgarian academic environment – philosophers and cultural anthropologists. These are Boyan Manchev, Todor Todorov, Svetla Kazalarska and Stanimir Panayotov. Each of them works in different areas, but contemporary art is an integral part of their theoretical work. In their lectures contemporary art will be placed in a new and broader context and will be made connections and parallels with unexpected problems of today. With this the educational platform will try to provoke the audience to look at art in a new way and to discover new aspects. But also to show that the theory is an integral part of it, and although sometimes seem “scary” and difficult to understand, it can be presented in an accessible and easy way and thus open new horizons of visual.
The start will be on October 30 (Sunday) with Boyan Manchev, who will ask the question if the end of modern arthas come. Svetla Kazalarska will share thoughts over whether the museum is dead and what is its future. Todor Todorov will bring in his lecture photography and its philosophical dimensions while Stanimir Panayotov will meetthe audience with speculative realism.
From 2014 onwards, the educational platform “introduce” also to the topic of collecting by a series of lectures “Collectors Forum” – who and why collects contemporary art and what are the major public and private collections. This year for the first time will be presented to an international collector – and one of the biggest art collectors in Europe and one of the 100 most influential in the world. This is Alain Servais of Belgium, which has an impressive collection of works of art with particular emphasis on video art. Servais is a “patron” who not only buy art, but also supports young artists – for example, providing housing in Brussels, which houses part of his collection, as a residence for artists.
All lectures of the course will be held in Sofia Art Gallery starting at 17:00. Admission is free, and requires advance registration at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Todor Todorov is a P. Ph.D. and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy “St. Kliment Ohridski “. His interests are in the field of history of philosophy, philosophy and culture of the media and cultural and social theory and history of photography.
He is the author of collections of short stories “Tales of melancholic children” (2010), “Always Night” (2012), “Hexen, Mörder, Nixen, Dichter …” (Frankfurt am Main, 2012) and “Immer die Nacht” (Frankfurt am Main 2016). He won the prize for best short story “Rashko Sougarev” (2011) for the story “Van Gogh in Paris.” Translated in German, English, Greek, Croatian and Spanish.
In 2014 he released his book “Forgotten science. Metaphysics in the Arab Middle Ages: al-Kindi, Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina”
Svetla Kazalarska is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in the field of historical anthropology of socialism, urban anthropology, visual research and critical museology. In 2005 she was a scholarship student of the Visual Seminar (2005) at the Center for Advanced Studies and the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia individual project “On the way to 76″. Winner of curatorial scholarship Kunsthauz Dresden (2005) and research fellowships at the Institute for Human Sciences – Vienna (2007), the Research Centre for Social Sciences – Sofia (2010) and the Center for Advanced Studies – Sofia (2012). In 2011, her PhD in cultural anthropology at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski “. Author of the book “The Museum of Communism: between memory and history, politics and the market” (2013). She currently works as an assistant professor in “Ethnology of socialism and post-socialism” at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum (IEFSEM) BAS. As head of the section “Etnomuzeologiya” (2014 – 2015) was among the initiators of the series conferences “Debate in museology” in IEFSEM and co-editor of the scientific collections “Look who’s talking: communication and interpretation models at the Museum” (2014), “The Museum and the society of the spectacle “(2016) and” The museum across the nation? “(forthcoming).
Stanimir Panayotov (b. 1982 in Sliven) is a doctoral student in comparative gender studies at Central European University, Budapest. He works in presechnostite between feminist philosophy, non-philosophy, Neoplatonism and new / speculative realism. Co-organizer and co-director Sofia Queer Forum, and Summer School sexualities, cultures and policies (Belgrade).
Alain Servais worked as an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert – one of the biggest investment companies on Wall Street) and is currently an independent financial consultant and passionate collectors of contemporary art. He started collecting in the late 90′s, when in New York. A major focus of his activities as a collector are young and emerging artists. He is also one among the first to passionately begin collecting video and digital art works. In an effort to support young artists, he offers as art residence his three-story apartment in Brussels, where he keeps his art collection. Today he owns one of the most interesting collections in Europe with works by artists from around the world. He is a member of the committee of the fair Armory Show in New York, as well as the board of patrons of the global Fair Art basel.
From 2014 onwards, the educational platform “introduce” also to the topic of collecting by a series of lectures“Collectors Forum” – who and why collects contemporary art and what are the major public and private collections. This year for the first time will be presented to an international collector – and one of the biggest art collectors in Europe and one of the 100 most influential in the world. This is Alain Servais of Belgium, which has an impressive collection of works of art with particular emphasis on video art. Servais is a “patron” who not only buy art, but also supports young artists – for example, providing housing in Brussels, which houses part of his collection, as a residence for artists.
All lectures of the course will be held in Sofia City Art Gallery starting at 17:00. Admission is free, and requires advance registration at: email@example.com.
More info about “Introduction to Contemporary Art”
“Introduction to Contemporary Art” is an educational platform started in 2011 by the Open Arts Foundation andSARIEV Contemporary in collaboration with the art historians Svetlana Kuyumdjieva, Vessela Nozharova and Vera Mlechevska. It aims to create a context and understanding of contemporary art in Bulgaria.
The program includes open lectures and artist talks that until 2014 were held in Sofia, in venues such as SKLADA /+/, the Sofia City Art Gallery and the Vivacom Art Hall. In 2015, a lecture series was organized for the first time in Plovdiv. The following artists have so far taken part in the program: Stefan Nikolaev, Nedko Solakov, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Krassimir Terziev, Peter Tzanev, Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov, Pravdoliub Ivanov and Boryana Rossa.
For more information:
OPEN ARTS FOUNDATION