National (Re)Presentation: a four session research project

Malik, Suhail; Phillips, Andrea and Olfers, Sophie Van. 2007. 'National (Re)Presentation: a four session research project'. In: Four evening discussions. Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands 4-25 October 2007. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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"As part of a collaborative project with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht) and the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven) - and as a critical follow-up to the Venice Biennale - Witte de With presents four evening discussions (every Thursday in October) on the topic of the ‘national’ and how it relates to contemporary cultural production and theory today.
In order to expand the dialogue around nation-building, nation-states, and the role of the individual within single country structures - topics that will be also addressed by BAK and the Van Abbemuseum in their debate series this fall - Witte de With has invited Suhail Malik and Andrea Phillips from PoCA (Political Currency of Art Research Group, based in the Department of Visual Arts at Goldsmiths, London, also see website) to collaborate on creating this series of debates. PoCA conducts research on the assimilation of critical and counter-hegemonic contemporary art practices, and how they are situated within the interests of cultural, financial and state institutions. Their involvement with this project will provide the critical approach required to reformulate the problems and politics of what now constitutes the nation(al) in a context of increasingly powerful international forces and their impact on the production, presentation and distribution of contemporary art. The invited guests will explore processes such as global capital, migration, art production and curating under four main headings.
Together with Sophie von Olfers, Suhail Malik and Andrea Phillips will host each evening. Whilst each session will stand independently, audience members are encouraged to attend all four evenings in order to follow and contribute to an ongoing dialogue". (Witte de With)

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Co-organised with Andrea Phillips and Sophie Van Olfers at Witte de With with Claire Beke, Annie Fletcher, Nick Hackworth, Nicoline van Harskamp, Munira Mirza, Daniel van der Velden, Olav Velthuis.


global capital, migration, art production, curating, nations, nation-building

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Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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4-25 October 2007

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20 Feb 2008 14:37

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16 Jun 2017 15:28


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