Manifesta 8 lecture at University of the Arts, Philadelphia
The College of Media and Communication at The University of the Arts invites you to join Assistant Professor Jeremy Beaudry (Multimedia) as he recounts his experience as co-curator of Manifesta 8, the itinerant European biennial of contemporary art. Working for a period of 18 months with Bassam El Baroni as Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), they curated a multi-part project and exhibition in several venues across two cities in the region of Murcia, Spain. Manifesta 8 was on view from October, 2010 through January, 2011, and was curated by three independent curatorial collectives – ACAF, Chamber of Public Secrets, and Tranzit.org – with each of them developing an autonomous curatorial contribution.
For Manifesta 8, ACAF raised the question: ‘How can any art project genuinely touch on the sophisticated and haphazard web of life’s complexity?’ In response, they proposed OVERSCORE, a multifaceted project held together by the logic of a specially devised theoretical interface called The Theory of Applied Enigmatics. Here, the term ‘Enigmatics’ refers to ideas and proposals which reverberate from a confrontation with complexity. Featuring artworks and other contributions by 37 artists and collaborators, OVERSCORE was comprised of four components spread across three venues in the cities of Murcia and Cartagena. Beaudry will present examples of artists’ works drawn from the exhibition, related projects, and exhibition catalog while discussing ACAF’s curatorial process, methodology, and theoretical framework.
Thursday, March 17, 6 – 8pm
Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be served